Publish Her Announces the Release of ‘Missing Pieces,’ a Minnesota-Based Murder Mystery by Multi-Award-Winning Author Kathryn Schleich

Publish Her, a female-founded independent publisher dedicated to elevating the words, stories and writing of women, announces the launch of “Missing Pieces,” a compelling murder mystery by American Fiction award winner Kathryn Schleich. The book is available now.

About the Book

Attorney Madelyn Cummins has experienced her fair share of adversity, but the future looks bright for this young professional. She is surrounded by friends she considers family, construction is nearly completed on her dream home, her law practice is growing, and she is making a difference in the lives of her clients. But there is one case involving a prominent Minnesota auto magnate that has been particularly challenging. As the tension mounts, Maddie suffers an episode of transient global amnesia (TGA) and struggles to piece together the events that took place during the hours missing from her memory. In the days, weeks and months that follow, her nightmares reveal several shocking truths. She joins forces with women in her close-knit circle—a savvy paralegal, a sharp U.S. attorney, a no-nonsense FBI agent—to get to the bottom of a decades-old cold case.


“Schleich has crafted a smart thriller with realistic dialogue and satisfyingly fleshed-out characters … The author’s own real-life experience with amnesia gives her some unusual personal insight into Maddie’s situation, which elevates the protagonist’s episode above other thrillers that make memory loss a key plot point. Flashbacks of Maddie’s and Donald’s pasts create an intriguing patchwork of clues that readers will have fun putting together, and the stark Minnesota setting is used to chilling effect. A brisk thriller with a strong protagonist who expertly navigates the plot’s many twists and turns.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Kathryn Schleich is a multi-award-winning author, feminist and activist in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area of Minnesota. Her novel “Darkness and Grace,” a domestic thriller based on true events, received a 2022 Independent Press Award. Her crime novel, “Salvation Station,” was honored with a 2021 American Fiction Award and was a finalist for a 2021 National Indie Excellence Award. Kathryn’s writing has also been featured in two anthologies and various online publications. Her essay “Finding Hope in No Man’s Land” received an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s Short Story Contest in 2020. Text from her academic book, “Hollywood and Catholic Women: Virgins, Whores, Mothers and Other Images,” which evolved from her master’s thesis, has been featured in college religious studies programs. When she’s not writing, Kathryn champions youth literacy and press rights, and volunteers in the education and arts communities. Friends, family, traveling, good food and wine are important aspects of her life.

Readers can connect with Kathryn on Instagram (@authorkathrynschleich). To learn more, go to

Book Specs

PUBLISHER: Publish Her
ISBN: 978-1-962457-19-4 (Hardcover); 978-1-962457-10-1 (Softcover); 978-1-962457-15-6 (E-book)
FORMAT: Hardcover, Softcover and E-book
GENRE: Fiction / Mystery & Detective
PRICE: $25.99 (Hardcover); $18.99 (Softcover); $9.99 (E-book)

For more information or to set up an interview or appearance by the author, please contact Chris Olsen at or 612-501-1724.

About Publish Her

Publish Her is a female-founded independent publisher dedicated to elevating the words, writing and stories of women. We are passionate about amplifying the voices of women of color, women with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We aim to make publishing an attainable, exciting and collaborative process for all.