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:
While North Carolina seems to be a popular setting for mysteries and murder stories, this novel is a fresh approach to the genre. The characters are not your typical crime read subjects. People don't seem to notice Abit, or the keen mind he has. Della is the outsider, the person trying to fit in.
The small community of Laurel Falls and the surrounding woodlands hide more secrets than it can hold.
This is a top rate murder mystery, allowing you to piece together the evidence along with the main characters. It is a story of forgiveness and redemption and acceptance, of coming of age and starting over. And there is one of the smartest canines you'll ever meet.
I will warn you, if you have a soft spot for animals, as I do, that there is a moment when you will be scared to death. Not to give away too much but just remember how smart and loyal Jake is.
As you will read in other reviews and the blurb, this is a well written mystery. What took it over the top for me was how real the people came to be, how much I cared. On the surface this could be every day life in any small town. A story of contrasts; how people accept their lot in life while some are never satisfied.
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.