Professor Caitlyn Morrys, a passionate and vocal educator at a small college, finds herself at the heart of a fierce debate over academic freedom and teacher tenure. The situation takes a deadly turn when the college President, who is Caitlyn’s primary adversary, is discovered stabbed to death in his office. Acting Chief Inspector Cormac Robertson, who strongly believes in the power of past life regression, decides that the key to solving the murder lies in uncovering Caitlyn’s past lives through hypnosis. While under hypnosis, Caitlyn reveals numerous details from her previous lives, offering insights into historical connections and motives for the crime.This information enables the detective to identify the main suspect, who he realizes is on their way to attack Caitlyn again, seeking revenge for a betrayal from their past lives.

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“Those not familiar with the inner workings of higher education may be shocked at the complexity and hellishness of various committees, faculty hierarchies and the pressure to publish. Tiegerman devotes substantial real estate to these topics, laying groundwork in the process for the motive of the killer or killers. Caitlyn’s passion and idealism is also a doorway into putting her character into potential danger as well.”

– Mishka Rao, Best Thrillers

“The book brims with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It also highlights the unpleasant reality of the divergence of opinions on political views on university campuses, which can lead to tension between professors and students.”

– Amanda Hanson, The US Review of Books


  • How did you approach writing the climax of the book?

This is a very interesting question because I actually wrote two possible endings to the book, and then I re-read the book with each possible ending and only then did I decide and make my choice.  Most important to me was Caitlyn’s resolution of her doubts and fears.  I very much wanted my main character to come away from the experience enriched by what she had faced and struggled with.  

  • What are some of the key themes explored in “Past Lives Denied”?

A.) Relationships:  Love is worth fighting for.  Love is all about commitment.  

B.) Fear:  Face your fear and meet your challenge. Whatever you are afraid of is less daunting than the anxiety about running away from it.

C.) The real and the unreal:  Past lives are real.  Fear is unreal.  

D.)  The journey:  Take the journey of self-discovery and explore the possibilities that everyone says is “impossible and unreal.”  

  • How do you think readers will relate to the main character, Professor Caitlyn Morrys?

I think readers will relate very well to Professor Caitlyn Morrys because she is very much a woman of today.  She is determined, strong and ambitious.  She knows what she wants, and she goes after it.  Caitlyn is very much a model for young women in our present culture and society.  

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