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Tall, strong but discouraged Jemma Chase returns home to lead trail horse rides at the family's Blue Falls Dude Ranch near the Appalachian mountains' cozy resort town of Boone, North Carolina, and earn some cash from free-lance carpentry and photography. A series of minor crimes in the valley escalates to arson in this whodunit mystery novel. When her horse finds a body, Jemma, a CSI wannabe, investigates to solve a mystery. Detective Tucker is called in and it twists and turns like the valley's Elk Creek Road ...
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Tall, strong but discouraged Jemma Chase returns home to lead trail horse rides at the family's Blue Falls Dude Ranch near the Appalachian mountains' cozy resort town of Boone, North Carolina, and earn some cash from free-lance carpentry and photography. A series of minor crimes in the valley escalates to arson in this whodunit mystery novel. When her horse finds a body, Jemma, a CSI wannabe, investigates to solve a mystery. Detective Tucker is called in and it twists and turns like the valley's Elk Creek Road which drops a thousand feet in three miles.
A mystery of this magnitude involves many suspects, including these:
Is it the neighbor caught hunting out of season?
A guest on the dude ranch?
The Christmas tree farmer using the wrong chemicals?
Could the farrier be involved?
The former skateboarder who imports Mexican pottery?
The brothers raising marijuana in the woods?
Jealous husband?
Besides the murder, who hates the dogs in the valley?
Because of her argument with a neighbor whose son is tearing up the horse ride trails with his four-wheeler, Jemma becomes the number one suspect when the neighbor's dog is poisoned.
Detective Tucker of the Watauga County Sheriff's Department is a dedicated peace officer, single and prone to working long hours. Standing six feet tall, Jemma intrigues Detective Tucker when he finds that he can look straight into her eyes. During her interview, Jemma reveals that years before, she was arrested in Colorado on a drunk driving charge. He hates drunk drivers. He interviews Jemma Chase about the dog poisoning and decides she is too calm and her answers too ready to be completely innocent.
Jemma figures the only way to prove her innocence is to solve the crime herself. By this time, she and Detective Tucker have called a truce. He might as well go along with her since she'll go ahead on her own anyway. But someone doesn't want Jemma snooping around. The dog-poisonings quickly fade to the background, when, during a ride up a steep trail leading a passel of guests, Jemma's horse reacts to a peculiar stench. Jemma, eager to be the detective and solve a mystery, immediately ties her horse and goes into the bushes to investigate. A recently deceased body lay partially hidden by a rhododendron bush. As a fan of TV's CSI, she knows just what to do...take a lot of pictures and don't disturb the evidence.
Now Tucker is a part of Jemma's daily life, and Jemma finds herself enthusiastically (and somewhat to Tucker's dismay) finding a CSI side to her makeup. As they combine their assets to investigate, Tucker (whose first name appears to be Detective) and Jemma find that their styles are not so incompatible after all. Against his better judgement, Detective Tucker uses Jemma's findings and uncontrollable curiosity to help find the killer.
Take the horse ride along with Jemma, see if you can solve a mystery, be the amateur detective yourself, and enjoy this fiction book. "Murder at Blue Falls" is the first mystery book in the Appalachian Adventures Mystery series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479119806
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Bishop is the author of a mystery series, Appalachian Adventure Mysteries, and two romance novels set in the Mountains of North Carolina in the Boone area. "I started with romance and have turned to murder."

The Start: In MURDER AT BLUE FALLS, when her horse finds a body, CSI wannabe Jemma starts to investigate, Detective Tucker comes in and it twists and turns from there.
And Then: Since pay is low in the mountains, Jemma has more than one job and is also a carpenter. In PERFECT FOR FRAMING, trouble's a-brewing in the Property Owners Association where greed and a lust for power lead to murder in a clash of personal versus public needs.
Now: The photography group meets at Blue Falls Guest Ranch and soon there is ONE SHOT TOO MANY which features Detective Tucker with yesterday's regret haunts, leading to today's deadly fix.
If you like whodunit mysteries full of clues and suspense in a vacation paradise, you'll enjoy reading these novels.

Maggie Bishop hikes, skis, climbs, swims, explores and writes in the mountains of North Carolina where she settled in 1993 with her husband and cat. Every time they travel, they seek out other mountains but none are as exciting as the ancient Appalachians. When asked, "What do you do?" her answer is, "Entertain with word pictures."

She was awarded the honor of being one of "One Hundred Incredible East Carolina University Women" for literature and leadership. She's an Air Force brat who put herself through East Carolina University and received a MBA degree, a former manufacturing executive, founder and past president of High Country Writers, past Secretary of Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers, and is a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Great first of a new series!

    Jemma Chase learned what she knows about being a sleuth from CSI TV, but when she believes she's suspected of being involved in dog poisonings, that will have to serve. In her job (one of several it seems) as a trail guide on her parents' dude ranch, she stumbles upon a body left in the woods. Now things get more serious. She realizes she's learned things relevant to the murder case, but Detective Tucker doesn't want her help. It's romantic suspense as well as a mystery, of course they fight through most of the book and end up in each other's arms (after Tucker saves Jemma from a kidnapper.) Great first book of the series!

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    new series tightly plotted and expertly told

    Dog poisonings, arson, petty thefts, what's next? Author Maggie Bishop and High Country Publishers bring us a new series tightly plotted and expertly told. Jemma Chase has retreated to her parents' Appalachian mountain guest ranch in North Carolina hoping to turn around her life and find some peace. Sounds straightforward considering the peaceful and natural beauty--then Detective Tucker from the county Sheriff's office starts to ask questions making Jemma feel like a suspect. Detective Tucker's just doing his job; the questions are routine, he's just trying to end the mini crime wave. But as the crimes escalate (in number and magnitude) and Jemma's amateur CSI investigations increase, he finds himself concerned about her safety.more so than with other victims. The founder of High Country Writers, Maggie Bishop can be reached at her website where you can arrange to attend one of her writer's workshops. Her new book featuring Jemma and Detective Tucker, "One Shot Too Many", will be available September 1, 2011.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    An Unique Book

    If you like your mystery with a touch of romance and in an interesting setting, this is the book for you. Maggie creates an interesting interplay between her protagoinst Jemma, and the cop who tries to outdo Jemma's sleuthing abilities. There is just the right amount of conflict and tension between these two would-be lovers to keep them on edge with one another and keep the reader reading on. An unique aspect to the book is not only its singular setting around Boone, North Carolina, but the insertion of pictures of Boone characters, horses at the dude ranch, the rugged countryside and some photos of Maggie herself. Yes, indeed, she knows horses and looks to be a fine rider. A great, fast read to take the reader away from everyday troubles into the mountains of the Eastern United States. It will make you wish you signed up for a week at the ranch, without the murder, of course.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

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    CSI Wannabe gets in trouble

    Jemma returns to her family's guest ranch in the Southern Appalachian Mountains in search of peace. Instead she becomes embroiled in the life of the area. First, it's dogs being poisoned, mail stolen, mysterious shots fired and finally, on a trail ride she's leading, her horse finds a body. Her interest in photography and passion for CSI TV shows lead her to become involved in the investigations beyond safety. Detective Tucker comes to the rescue, but not without a struggle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

    Horsing around

    Maggie Bishop doesn't horse around with the plot: suspicion, greed, murder. She tosses in plenty of red herrings to keep the reader quessing. This books takes you to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Bishop's country, where the hooves meet the crooks. HIghly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2006

    Another engaging mystery romance from Maggie!

    Maggie Bishop's new mystery romance, Murder at Blue Falls, is another delight, in the same breezy style as the two previous novels which have made her popular with whodunit fans. This time she gives us a dude ranch in the High Country of North Carolina, where the reader shares the tourists' fun as well as the escalating dangers from a situation fraught with peril. As the intrepid heroine fights to prove her innocence by finding the real villain, we are also treated to her budding romance with the detective who suspects her. Hard to put down, this book will surely expand the author's popularity. - Nora Percival, author of Weather of the Heart and Silver Pages on the Lawn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2006

    I'm saddle sore just reading this novel!

    This the third book I've read by Maggie Bishop. While I've enjoyed them all, I can see in this work the blossoming and maturing of this splendid writer. The story is a page turner which pulls the reader around an unexpected bend, seamlessly intergrating new events by building on the foundation she has laid before. She arouses reasonable suspicion of a number of suspects before allowing the true killer to reveal himself in the last pages of the book. I always am struck with the accuracy of Bishop's depiction of the territory in which her characters operate. I ride horses in the Appalachians myself, though on the Tennessee side, and as I read this book I feel myself back in the saddle negotiating the dangerous terrains of the mountains. The characters are interesting, even the poriferal characters. The heroine is strong and capable, yet quite feminine, and the hero is strong enough to appreciate her strengths and sensitive enough to accept her flaws. It is interesting how she has woven the lives of real people, and real writers, into her fictional tale. It is always an education reading books by Maggie Bishop. She gives little details about life in Appalachia that one would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. My only regret in reading Murder at Blue Falls is that it ended too soon. Perhaps there's a sequel in this one?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    Murder at Blue Falls

    Jemma Chase works as a trail leader on her parents' ranch, the Blue Falls, where she is also an accomplished photographer, carpenter and fixer-upper. Jemma has returned home in an effort to find some stability in her life, but things become tumultuous when someone begins poisoning dogs in Watauga County. Jemma is called in for an interview with Detective Tucker and bristles at his subtly accusing manner. A forensics fan, Jemma sets out to try to solve the riddle herself and keep Detective Tucker at bay. But when she stumbles upon the dead body of a neighbor, Jemma finds herself involved in a much more serious investigation and at odds with Tucker once again. An established must-read romance author, Maggie Bishop has crossed into the mystery genre with finesse. Her latest novel is packed with suspense around a tightly-woven plot which begins with the poisoning of dogs and escalates to the murder of a local man. Throughout, she deliciously teases the reader with the bristly attraction between the investigating detective and the woman who found the man's body and who just might be a suspect. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Boone, North Carolina, with engaging characters, red herrings at every turn, and a galvanizing story line, this is a must-have, must-read. Highly recommended.

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