When a young woman is found dead in a wilderness area of the North Carolina mountains, the county sheriff says suicide. Della Kincaid disagrees. As a former reporter in Washington, D.C., she knows how to hunt down the real story. But she's now living in Laurel Falls, N.C., trying to create a new life for herself. Without her usual sources and resources, she turns to an unforgettable cast of characters—friends, customers, ex-husband, and forger. With their help, she uncovers how unbridled greed leads to an interwoven series of crimes and sorrows. Along the way, Kincaid discovers how much the Appalachian landscape and its people mean to her.
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There’s nothing I love more in a mystery than a mixed bag of characters. They need to read as genuine, make mistakes, be flawed, and I don’t necessarily need to like them. They ned to evoke an emotional response from me. I also need the author to hide bread crumbs throughout her tale, keeping me busy sniffing them out, and leading me down blind alleys. I got all of that and then some. Just loved this book. The setting was fascinating. And the descriptions of the area were quite visual. I also drew from movies and shows I watch that were set in the Appalachian Mountains to get an even clearer picture. The characters were many. I especially liked the star protagonist, Della Kincaid. She used to be a reporter in Washington, D.C. and now owns a small grocery store.She isn’t afraid to stick her nose into some dark places. She’s tough, smart, resourceful, and relentless, yet still has some vulnerabilities. A close second favorite is Abit, a teenage Appalachian boy. You’ll get his point of view in the story and I bet you come to adore his determination and spirit as much as I did. The author’s research into the area and it’s denizens shows in her telling. I felt like I’d stepped into a different place, a different way of life. Some of it not so pleasant. Hence a murder mystery with a large suspect list and lots of secrets to peel back. This is solid piece of work and I had a terrific time trying to figure out the villain. It wasn’t easy. In fact, the author had to tell me. I guess I missed some of those bread crumbs. And the ending was stupendous. I couldn’t have asked for more.