Iza Moreau is a Golden Crown Finalist and a 3-time Next Generation Indie Award finalist for her Small Town series of mysteries. She lives in the southern United States, where she rides dressage at the fourth level and shoots target archery using both recurves and horsebows. She counts Sarah Waters, Maggie Estep, and the Bronte sisters--Acton, Currer, and Ellis--among her literary influences. THE NEWS IN SMALL TOWNS, the first novel in the Small Town series, was a Next Generation India Award finalist in both Mystery and Regional Fiction. The second, MADNESS IN SMALL TOWNS, was also an Indie finalist in Mystery. SECRETS IN SMALL TOWNS was a Goldie finalist in Lesbian Mystery as well as a Next Generation Indie finalist in the LGBT category. These, and the short story collection, MYSTERIES IN SMALL TOWNS, are available in both e-book and paperback formats. Moreau is also the author of THE XYZ MYSTERIES--a series of novellas and short stories set in Miami in 1974. They feature the sister detectives Xande, Yolande, and Zoe Calhoun. Some of these stories can be found on this site. If you like the books, please give them a rating, both on Smashwords, Goodreads, and any other of the major book retailers you do business with. That kilnd of word of mouth is really the only way that an indie author can succeed. You can reach Iza at firstname.lastname@example.org
The News in Small Townsby Iza Moreau
Sue-Ann McKeown returns to her home town of Pine Oak after a crushing six months of war reporting in Iraq. Her mother has died in a tragic riding accident and her father has sold most of the family's possessions and run off to Italy. Sue-Ann herself has broken up with her long-time photographer boyfriend. And, oh, yeah, she is also suffering from a mysterious
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Sue-Ann McKeown returns to her home town of Pine Oak after a crushing six months of war reporting in Iraq. Her mother has died in a tragic riding accident and her father has sold most of the family's possessions and run off to Italy. Sue-Ann herself has broken up with her long-time photographer boyfriend. And, oh, yeah, she is also suffering from a mysterious disease that makes it difficult for her to focus on her new job as reporter for The Pine Oak Courier.
The only good man available in Pine Oak is her boss--but he is dating the office manager, who happens to be Sue-Ann's old high-school rival.
Then someone reports that a dead goat has been found in a dumpster and a mysterious Pirate Radio Station begins sending her weird messages. Well, what else is there to investigate in this dump? But what Sue-Ann finds runs deep into the history of Pine Oak and teaches her things she had never expected about courage, perseverance, and love.
This version contains Chapter 1 of the next book in the series, Madness in Small Towns.
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Interesting characters, good story line, and lots of horses made this a great book. The lesbian scenes are in no way a detraction to the story (no real descriptions, as the author says, rent a video if you want details). I did NOT like the portrayal of the "pothead" kids.....no
I totally enjoyed this book. The characters are quite interesting with many layers to their personalities. The plot twists were great and moved along at a decent pace. I plan to recommend this book to my friends.