When Mary Ann Little returns to the Tracks Community Theater for the first time since her husband's untimely onstage death, she is horrified to discover the body of young Sarah Atkins backstage. Mary Ann is convinced that Sarah's death was no accident, but everyone, including the chief of police, seems reluctant to discuss the possibility that someone in small-town Camford Courthouse is a killer. Mary Ann's regrets vocalizing her suspicions when her 19-year-old son emerges as a suspect. To unravel the mystery, Mary Ann goes back to work for Thaddeus Sinclair, the editor of the local paper and a "rumpled skeptic" for whom Mary Ann becomes aware of a growing attraction. It soon becomes clear that this small town near North Carolina's Outer Banks harbors more than its share of secrets. But can Mary Ann uncover those secrets and flush out the killer while juggling her new job, her burgeoning romance, her part-time work at the local library, and the unexpected role of "third witch" in the theater's production of Shakespeare's Macbeth? And even more important, can she do it all without getting herself killed?
Terrell does everything right in The Serpentine Flower. Like a
magic looking glass, he pulled me into the Outer Banks area and straight
into the world of Mary Ann Little in this engrossing novel of murder and
intrigue. The setting of Community Theater is perfect. A world where characters
wear masks to hide motives, loyalties, and secrets. My favorite kind of
mystery: where I get to accompany the hero as we figure out who is acting
and who is telling the truth. The Serpentine Flower is serious
"A deft plot.
A tantalizing mystery. Terrell has full command of his material."
Praise for the Harrison Weaver Mysteries
Hemingway as his own personal muse, Joseph L.S. Terrell's Harrison Weaver
series are delightful cozy mysteries taking place on the Outer Banks of
North Carolina, where he has lived for quite a while. As soon as you begin
reading, you realize you know each of the characters personally. The dialogue
and suspense make these books hard to put down, so be prepared for a long
night of intriguing reading."
Undertow of Vengeance,
Joseph Terrell's fourth thriller in the Harrison Weaver crime writer series,
and set in North Carolina's Outer Banks, is a knockout. With the deadpan
savvy delivery of Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade and the clipped declarative
sentences of Dashiell Hammett, this volume, like its predecessors, reaches
out in the very first sentence, grabs you by the lapels, and never lets
Smooth writing from
an eloquent storyteller goes down like fine scotch. Undertow of Vengeance
is a keeper.
"Every once in
a while I'll pick up a book and from the first sentence, I'm engaged.
Written with an extraordinary eye for detail yet in the sparse language
of the journalist he once was, Terrell's novel is filled with wonderful
dialogue, believable characters and just enough plot twists to keep the
reader turning pages."
gets the Outer Banks just right, from crashing surf to the sordid crimes
behind the tourism façade, to a thoughtful sleuth who can throw
a punch and make a mean sweet tea."
"A smart, savvy
combination of who-done-it and police procedural."
About the Author:
Joseph L.S. Terrell makes his home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, his native state, where he continues the craft of fiction-writingwith a little fishing, golfing and boating thrown in.
Books by Joseph L.S. Terrell:
Jonathan Clayton Novels
Harrison Weaver Mysteries
Community Theater Mysteries
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