Murder on Moonshine Hill by Joan C. Curtis

JoanbooktourMURDERMOONSHINE_LARGEWhen Jenna decides to go to this wedding, she expects to dredge up old secrets and old hurts and she expects to see people from her past, but she doesn’t expect to stumble on a dead body.

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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e-Murderer copyOn 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 echos 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.

THE 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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Excerpt –
Marcy stood before me.

Maybe I’d have known Marcy if she’d emerged after years in a concentration camp. But the woman who stood before me barely resembled my best friend. Her hair, cropped close to her head, had the color of a dingy towel that might’ve once been yellow. Her eyes darted across my face like those of a frightened doe. Her thin cheeks emphasized her sharp cheekbones, but had a kind of ethereal beauty I’d never seen before, much less on Marcy.

A smile stretched her lips as if doing so was an effort.

“Jenna, how did you, I mean—” Marcy’s low, determined voice transformed

itself into a soft, squeak.

Whose voice is that?

Quentin stared unabashedly but remained quiet.

“Sorry to disturb you. I thought this was Mom’s room and then remembered

she’s downstairs.” My laugh sounded as fake as it was. “Silly me, but finally we get to see each other. I waited around all day. Saw your mom and dad; gosh, they look terrific. And, your stepparents, that is, met your stepdad. And this is Quentin Pearson. Hope it’s okay that he came along with me.” I rambled like a ChattyCathy doll whose chain got stuck.

When Marcy’s smile disappeared, her face hardened with an expression totally foreign to me. “Wish we could talk now. I really do.” Her look said she really didn’t. “We’ve simply got to, you know, catch up with each other and all. But look at me, and dinner’s gonna start soon. Tom doesn’t like it when I’m late.” Eyes blinking fast and looking everywhere but at me. “Let’s visit afterwards, okay?”

Not only had she not invited us inside, but her thin arm held me away from the door.

“Yeah, sure. Let’s talk at dinner.” When I moved away, she latched the door

with a bolt—the one the Moonshine Inn prided itself with being unnecessary.

She hadn’t hugged me either literally or figuratively. What was worse, she

seemed annoyed by my presence. Sure I’d intruded and perhaps surprised her, but what’d she expect? No one to knock on her door at her own wedding?

Joan is an award-winning writer who has published 6 books and numerous stories. Readers compare her to the great Southern writer, Fanny Flagg. “She writes characters and a story that will joancCurtisstay with you.”

Her debut mystery/suspense novel, The Clock Strikes Midnight, won the silver medal for fiction/suspense in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 and is a finalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award. The 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.

2016finalist“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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