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Michal Sherring is the pseudonym of retired art historian Joan Mickelson, who spent three decades in the museum profession holding positions from museum assistant to Curator to Director. Working in Massachusetts, New York and Washington D.C., she wrote authors' biographies and catalogues, planned exhibitions, gave talks, and raised money

At some point friends suggested she write a museum mystery since she loves traditional mysteries in the puzzle-solving format. The idea for this one came to her as she was walking through an exhibition of still life paintings.

She also loves cats, but cats aren't allowed in art museums.