What is a Mountain Mystery?
- They’re Cozy Mysteries with a bite!
- The mystery (usually a murder) makes an early appearance.
- A male and female protagonist work together in solving the crime.
- They’re set in North Carolina, often with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop.
- Clues are sprinkled throughout, but twists keep readers guessing.
- Each novel stands on its own, but compelling characters and surprise endings provide the opportunity for sequels.
Fallen from Sight (A Mountain Mystery #3)
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Citizens of Parsons Creek, North Carolina are stunned by the sudden disappearance of one of their own and haunted by the possibility a killer lives among them.
Sarah Campbell vanishes during a weekend hike. Her twin sister Beth and her boyfriend Ryan Nelson fear the worst. Sarah’s grey scarf is all that’s found at Jefferson Peak. Her backpack is discovered 500 feet below the cliff’s edge–but there’s no sign of Sarah.
Days later, park rangers find the mutilated body of a teenage girl near where Sarah disappeared. Detective Ozzie Baker follows the trail of the dead teen to a county jail in northeastern Tennessee, and eventually to a human trafficking ring. Young women are being bailed out of Appalachian county jails never to be heard from again.
Has Sarah fallen victim to human traffickers, or has she simply fallen from sight?
Butcher Road (A Mountain Mystery #2)
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Out for an evening walk, Jack Fowler, two years back from a tour in Afghanistan with U.S. Army Special Forces, follows his nose to a body in an abandoned building. The badly decomposed male corpse is unable to be identified. Crime scene investigators can only determine that a single gunshot to the chest was the cause of death.
Given the density of meth labs and drug dealers in the nearby housing project of South Mill, it’s assumed drugs played a role in the killing–that is, until a second body is discovered in a similar condition. Both bodies lacked fingerprints, teeth, or other identifiable features, and both are found in abandoned buildings along Butcher Road.
A typed note found in the pocket of the second victim entangles the Army veteran in the investigation and puts him on a collision course with the killer.
At the River’s Edge (A Mountain Mystery #1)
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Sunset Peak, North Carolina is cursed by murder and captivated by moonshine money.
The unsolved shooting death of Mayor Hank Richards has a five-year curse hovering over the historic mountain community. Townspeople look over their shoulders in fear as neighbor accuses neighbor.
Rumors of buried moonshine money captivate those seeking unearned riches, but haunt Emily Edwards, the strong-willed granddaughter of the purported moonshiner.
Shortly following the murder of Mayor Richards, James Wolsey returns after college to help his mom manage the family’s hardware business. James and Emily are traveling diverse paths when they meet, but quickly align on a common course. If not for obsessed treasure hunters convinced Emily possesses a map, it seems their future together is promising.
The couple’s attempt to dispel rumors of buried treasure leads them to the gravesite of Emily’s ancestor beside the New River. What they uncover at the river’s edge propels them into the path of the mayor’s killer, and unleashes a chain of chilling events that forever changes Sunset Peak.