A Life For A Life
A Mystery Novel
by Lynda McDaniel
On Tour October 15 – December 16, 2016
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
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.
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.
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Author Lynda McDaniel
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.
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