Jenna’s friend is arrested. The wedding is cancelled. And Jenna’s tendency to stick her nose where it shouldn’t be leads her into the path of the killer.
Set in the serene mountains of North Carolina, Murder on Moonshine Hill is filled with suspense, humor, and a quirky cast of supporting characters.
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Just before eleven, with two cats nestled at my feet and too exhausted to even think about Marcy and her shenanigans, I drifted off to sleep.
My eyes popped open at 3:12 a.m. with visions of Marcy’s handwriting dancing before me. The handwriting, of course! Something had been niggling at the back of my mind about that letter but nothing came into focus until now. I don’t doubt Marcy wrote the letter that accompanied the invitation, but her longhand was closer together, more cramped and heavier, almost as though she couldn’t quite hold onto the pen. The words and sentences sounded clipped, choppy.
Marcy always wrote with a scratchy penmanship, but the words flowed like one long, roving stream, lines connecting and running into each other. Her handwriting was as familiar to me as mine, having seen it a million times in a diary where she’d recorded even the tiniest event, from the weather to a new dress, as if she were planning to write her memoirs someday.
Churchill uttered a frustrated growl when I turned on the light, got up, found the letter next to my backpack and re-studied the ragged, short sentences, as if by rote. The note, on the other hand, was written with Marcy’s old style, flat lettering and barely a pause between the words. Placing both in the envelope and putting them in my desk drawer—out of sight, out of mind—I returned to bed.
Clearly, more was happening in my friend’s life than a wedding.
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On this anything but typical Monday morning, Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day, the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. The e-murderer’s description creepily echoes the death described in the newspapers.
When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police, and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she’s more than a conduit for the killer. She’s his target. New secrets unfold, and finally her love life takes a tumble when the true killer emerges.
E-MURDERER is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again.
This new mystery series with a young female sleuth promises to keep you glued to your seat until the last page.
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Joan is an award-winning writer who has published six books and numerous stories. Readers compare her to the great Southern writer, Fannie Flagg. “She writes characters and a story that will stay with you.”
Her debut mystery/suspense novel, The Clock Strikes Midnight, won the gold medal for fiction/suspense in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 and is a finalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award. e-Murderer won first place in the Malice Domestic Grants competition for new writers.
Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, and nonfiction. Mystery/suspense with a psychological twist is exactly the kind of book Joan loves to read.
"I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman's point of view with a destiny. Characters drive my writing and my reading."
Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the Southern traditions with the eye of a Northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Athens, Georgia.
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