Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: eBook - August 15, 2016 / PB - August 25, 2016
Format: Paperback - 338 pages
Kindle - 2708 KB
Nook - 763 KB
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
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.
My Book Review:
In A Life For A Life, author Lynda McDaniel weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that follows the amateur sleuth adventures of former Washington D.C. reporter / shop owner Della Kincaid, as she tries to uncover the truth behind the death of a young woman, whose body she found while walking in the woods.
After an emotional divorce and tired of the demanding life as a reporter in Washington D.C., Della Kincaid leaves the past behind and decides to restart her life in the quaint Appalachian town of Laurel Falls, North Carolina, and becomes the proprietor of Colburn's General Store. While out walking in the woods with her dog Jake, Della finds the body of young woman leaning up against a tree. When the county sheriff deems the young woman's death a suicide, Della relies on her reporter's instinct, and with the help of her neighbor, V.J. "Abit" Bradshaw, a mentally challenged fifteen year old boy, she is determined to get the real story behind the mystery of the young woman's death.
A Life For A Life is an intriguing mystery tale that easily peaked my interest. Set in 1985 and told in the alternating first person narrative of Della and Abit, this riveting tale has enough quirky characters, witty dialogue, drama, secrets, and surprising twists and turns, that will easily keep you guessing how the mystery of the young woman's death will be solved. The author does a wonderful job of interweaving Della and Abit's voices, that the reader can't help but become captivated as their story slowly unfolds.
The story has a wonderful balance of drama, mystery, and suspense, that easily left me wanting more. What made the story that much more appealing is that it is more than a just a cozy mystery, as the author interweaves Della's personal journey of self-discovery and sense of community that she finds along the way in the small Appalachian town. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I really enjoyed the author's rich description of the Appalachian Mountain town of Laurel Falls in western North Carolina, and it's memorable townsfolk. The reader is easily transported to this rustic small town where life is slow paced, and the engaging dialect of the local townsfolk will make you want to set down on the front porch for a spell. I look forward to reading the sequel to this wonderful story.
A Life For A Life is an entertaining cozy murder mystery that will engage you to join in Della and Abit's adventures, while providing you with a nice dose of southern charm and humor.
RATING: 5 Stars
About The Author
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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