The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the setting for my first murder mystery, At the River’s Edge. The unsolved murder of Mayor Hank Richards of Sunset Peak, North Carolina takes center stage in this fast-moving novel.
Sunset Peak is a fictional town situated in the northwest corner of the state somewhere between I-77 and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The town isn’t based on any single community, but elements of historic towns in this picturesque area form what becomes the setting for At the River’s Edge. If Sunset Peak existed, it would be near the triangulation of Elkin, Sparta, and Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and an amalgamation of all three communities.
I’ve lived in North Carolina since 1995 and have resided in my mountain home near the Blue Ridge Parkway for over ten years. You will not find friendlier people or more beautiful scenery anywhere in the world.
While the people and the town in this novel are fictional, the mountains, rivers, and my love of the area are real. I enjoyed interweaving familiar backgrounds into this suspenseful story.
By the time you finish reading, I hope you find yourself inside Sunset Peak along with its townspeople, speculating about who killed Mayor Richards and wondering what Emily and James will find At the River’s Edge.
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