When high-powered executive Roxanne Howard dies in a pool of blood outside the Moonshine Inn, Richmond, Virginia’s premier redneck bar, the victim’s sister enlists Hazel Rose to ferret out the killer. At first Hazel balks–she’s a romance writer, not a detective. But Brad Jones, Rox’s husband, is the prime suspect. He’s also Hazel’s cousin, and Hazel believes in doing anything to help family. Never mind that Brad won’t give her the time of day–he’s still family.
Hazel recruits her book group members to help with the investigation. It’s not long before they discover any number of people who feel that a world without Rox Howard is just fine with them: Brad’s son believes that Rox and Brad were behind his mother’s death; Rox’s former young lover holds Rox responsible for a tragedy in his family; and one of Rox’s employees filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her. The killer could be an angry regular from the Moonshine Inn–or just about anyone who ever crossed paths with the willful and manipulative Rox.
Murder at the Moonshine Inn is a little edgier than most cozy mysteries, but it does just manage to stay cozy. It was a nice change to have the protagonist try to refuse to do the investigating, realizing how dangerous it would probably be, and then to finally agree to do it but only with the aid of her book group, and to a lesser degree, her husband.
The story is full of twists, turns, and humor, and should please both cozy and traditional mystery fans.
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About the Author
Maggie King is the author of MURDER AT THE BOOK GROUP, featuring Hazel Rose, an amateur detective living in Richmond, Virginia. Hazel’s second adventure, MURDER AT THE MOONSHINE INN comes out in November, 2016. Maggie also penned the short stories “A Not So Genteel Murder” and “Reunion in Shockoe Slip” for the VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES anthologies.
Maggie lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband Glen and cats, Morris and Olive. She is hard at work on her second Hazel Rose adventure.
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