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"Well-drawn characters, a dash of romance, and enough logically constructed red herrings to keep the reader guessing right up to the end distinguish this tightly woven tale." - Publishers Weekly Ava Logan, single mother and small business owner, lives deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where poverty and pride reign. As publisher of the town newspaper, she's busy balancing election season stories and a rash of ginseng thieves. And then the story gets personal. After her friend is murdered, Ava digs for the truth all the while juggling her two teenage children, her friend's orphaned toddler, and her own muddied past. Faced with threats against those closest to her, Ava must find the killer before she, or someone she loves, ends up dead.

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Lynn Chandler Willis

Award winning author Lynn Chandler Willis can now add Shamus Award finalist to her growing list of awards and recognition. She was the first woman in ten years to win the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best 1st Private Eye Novel with her debut PI novel, WINK OF AN EYE. The mystery was recently named a finalist for the prestigious Shamus Award. The book was also a Fall 2014 OKRA pick from the SIBA and was named to the long list for their Book of the Year Award. The main character, a charming, rouge named Gypsy Moran is developing quite a fan club! WINK OF AN EYE is earning rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, RT Times, Library Journal as well from a fast-growing legion of both serious readers as well as casual readers.

Willis's debut mystery, THE RISING, was a finalist for an INSPY Award and won top prize in the mystery category in the GRACE Award for Excellence in Faith-based fiction.

She has worked in the corporate world, broadcast journalism, the newspaper industry, and provided daycare for her nine grandchildren. But she keeps coming back to creating imaginary worlds where all sorts of interesting characters reside.

"My favorite part of fiction writing is when a character takes control," says Chandler-Willis. "As the writer, no matter how you try to manipulate them into doing what you want , to go where the plot is supposed to take them, they take the reins and go off in a totally different direction. That's when you know it's working."

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