"Reminds me of "To Kill a Mockingbird" … finding your books is like finding a rare jewel.” — J.M. Grayson
I started writing mysteries to share amazing stories from my back-to-the-land experience in the North Carolina mountains. I've kept writing them because of my readers. They tell me they love the characters, especially Abit Bradshaw. He started in a supporting role, but I listened and gave him a starring role in the rest of the series. Then came Astrid Holt in Welcome the Little Children and more recently Wallis Harding in Murder Ballad Blues. Oh, really, there are too many good characters to list, so you'll have to see for yourself!
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"The most satisfying mystery I've read in ages." —Joan Nienhuis
Della Kincaid tried to escape her past ... then she found the body. After decades as a crime reporter in Washington, D.C., she thinks she is settling in a quiet town in the mountains of North Carolina. A walk in the wilderness changes everything.
"I absolutely devoured this book!" —Cynthia Williams
Abit got what he'd always wanted ... then lost it. Trying to find it again could cost him everything. Will Abit find the courage to fight for the one thing that truly matters to him?
"FIVE STARS! Lynda McDaniel has that wonderfully appealing way of weaving a story, much in the manner of Fannie Flagg. The tale immediately drew me in, into the town, into the intriguing mystery, and into the people."
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"What a great read!” —Lucy Grace
A mother disappears ... Is she lost in the woods? Kidnapped? Murdered? Abit Bradshaw and Della Kincaid join the search, but it's a slippery slope that takes them from the mountains of N.C. to the streets of Washington, D.C. ... and into dark places in their own hearts.
Can Della and Abit save a splintered family? Should they even try? Will their own families survive the search?
You'll love this suspenseful mystery because everyone longs to feel safe.
"Readers will relish this story's superior tension."
—Midwest Book Review
A mysterious death in the North Carolina mountains. Then another. By the third, the FBI finally gets involved. Trouble is, they’re looking in all the wrong places.
Abit Bradshaw has a theory, but of course the sheriff and FBI don’t take him seriously. When he teams up with musicologist Wallis Harding, bluegrass music becomes more than something to practice and perform. It's the key to finding the killer.
"Just started reading, and I'm already on Chapter 8. The only reason I'm stopping is because I must get to bed! I love it!"
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PRAISE FOR THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN MYSTERIES SERIES
"One of the most satisfying books I’ve read this year. Everything about the book delighted me. … Has been compared to 'To Kill a Mockingbird': both are character-driven and back a strong message of forgiveness and redemption."
"I've read and enjoyed lots of mystery novels, including series by NYT best-selling authors, but sometimes I've been disappointed by poorly drawn one-dimensional characters or contrived plots. Not with this book! I was held through to the end."
"GREAT !! BOOK Lynda McDaniel can write. This is one fine read. 'A Life for a Life' is outstanding. Great character development, real and believable. A good mystery that reads like a literary piece. Della Kincaid is wonderful. READ THIS ONE."
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