A Life for a Life
A Mystery Novel
by Lynda McDaniel
on Tour October 15 - December 15, 2016
Synopsis:When a young woman is found dead in the North Carolina mountains, the county sheriff says suicide. Della Kincaid disagrees. 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., creating a new life for herself. Without her usual sources, she turns to an unlikely cast of characters—friends, customers, ex-husband, and forger. With their help, she uncovers how unbridled greed has spawned a series of crimes and sorrows. Along the way, Kincaid discovers what the Appalachian landscape and people mean to her.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Lynda McDaniel Books
Publication Date: 09/2016
Number of Pages: 337
Series: This is the 1st Book in a new series.
Purchase Links: Amazon or Goodreads
Read an excerpt:
Reporter, Della Kincaid, has decided to move from Washington, D.C to Laurel Falls, N.C for a simpler life. While walking in the woods she is surprised when a man runs past her saying that "there was a body". Della and her dog do come across a body of a young woman, a supposed suicide. Della does not believe this, in spite of the suicide note.
Della enlists the help of numerous people in the community and Washington as it becomes apparent that the sheriff won't do anything to investigate the death. He claims it is suicide and that is that.
Della moved to Laurel Falls and bought a store and at first the people in the community are a bit reluctant. Most small communities are suspicious of "outsiders". The previous owner of the store, has a son, Abit. Abit is considered "not quite right". He appears to have some learning disabilities. He helps Della around the store and he becomes involved with helping Della find out who "murdered" the young woman.
The story is told in alternating chapters by Della and Abit. We learn about each of these characters that are so pivotal to the story. Della has an ex husband, who I believe she still has feelings for but he was unfaithful to her and she has a hard time believing him when he says he has changed. Abit's father is one of those down south old fashioned curmudgeon. He has very rough exterior but I believe deep down he really cares about his son.
I really enjoyed this story, a fast read with believable characters plus a suspenseful murder mystery makes this a book well worth the read. I liked how both Della and Abit's characters got stronger as the story moved on. Nicely done!
This review was done voluntarily.
Author Bio:My writing career began more than 30 years ago. Over the years, I've written more than 1,200 articles for major magazines, hundreds of newsletters, and dozens of blogs. I'm proudest of the 15 books I’ve written, including "A Life for a Life." The way I see it, books are to writers what pentathlons are to athletes: Endurance. And I've got it!
My other books include "Words at Work," which I wrote straight from my heart, a much-needed response to all the questions and concerns people have about writing today. (It won top honors from the National Best Books Awards.) That same year, I wrote "Contemporary Hawai’i Woodworkers: the Wood, the Art, the Aloha," a coffee-table art book featuring 35 artists; it won several awards, too, and sold out quickly. Since then, I’ve written two Amazon Bestselling Books: "How Not to Sound Stupid When You Write" and "Write Your Book Now!" (with Virginia McCullough). In 2015, I wrote "Aloha Expressionism by Contemporary Hawai'i Artists" featuring 50 more artists living on those beautiful islands.
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but I've lived all over this country—from the Midwest to the Deep South to Appalachia to the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest. Whew! I finally settled in Sebastopol, California, a place that reflects the values I learned while living in the mountains of North Carolina, all those years ago.
What's next? I'm busy with the sequel to "A Life for a Life" so I get to enjoy Abit's, er, I mean V.J.'s company again.