True Events Inspire Story of Murder, Corruption, Scandal

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Provocative fiction tells of a powerful family’s influence in murder investigations, politics and more

Wedding vows, and the marriage they represent, signify an age-old commitment for partners dedicating themselves to making a future together. When tragedy strikes, that dream of lifetime marital bliss is cut painfully short for two young newlyweds in ’Til Death Do Us Part (published by Trafford Publishing), the fast-paced novella by Karen J. Ostby.

In Ostby’s tale it’s 1963, and 20-year-old Joan Andrews Barron was happily adjusting to being a new wife and mother to two boys, Kenny and Danny, making a home in the quaint town of Martinsburg, Conn. Married to her high school sweetheart, Albert, Joan’s upbeat attitude and enthusiasm had been part of her personality since childhood, so when she died of an apparent suicide, it came as a shock to everyone who knew her.

Although the circumstances surrounding Joan’s death were highly suspicious, a half-hearted, cursory investigation was conducted and quickly closed. Her death was ruled a suicide, echoing what her in-laws, the Barrons, had insisted from the start. But as the plot unfolds, the inner workings of the family Joan married into are revealed to be more sinister than she had ever realized.

Greed, the quest for power, lust and deception consume the Barron family over the next several years, but her sons never forget about the unanswered questions that challenge the validity of their mother’s supposed suicide. The brothers vow to uncover the truth, and they’re all too aware of the opposition they’ll face from their father’s family. Inspired by the true story of a graduate of Ostby's high school, ’Til Death Do Us Part is a quick read that entertains and stands as a sincere tribute to the memory of lost loved ones.

About the Author
Karen J. Ostby is a Connecticut native and worked in a regional school district in Connecticut as a speech pathologist for 37 years. Now retired, she enjoys writing short stories and op-ed pieces. ’Til Death Do Us Part is her first published book.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit


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