© 2016 by Lynda McDaniel, author & book coach


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SERIES SYNOPSIS: A compelling mystery trilogy exploring the interwoven fates of a burned-out crime reporter and a young man in North Carolina caught in a web of family secrets and lies. With down-to-earth honesty and gentle humor, these two unlikely partners team up to search for answers about various crimes—as well as their own troubled lives. Based in part on real people and stories McDaniel experienced during her years on a farm near Brasstown, N.C.



Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Pay Homage to Appalachian Wisdom


Award-winning author Lynda McDaniel pays tribute to the many life lessons
she learned in the mountains of North Carolina in her mystery trilogy. 


In the 1970s, award-winning author Lynda McDaniel carved out a new life in the mountains of North Carolina. Decades later, she realized how often the stories she shares begin with, “When I lived in the mountains of North Carolina ….” Her Appalachian Mountain Mysteries series pays homage to the people of Appalachia who taught her so much.

“All the things I enjoy—writing, hiking, wildflowers, birds, gardening, putting food by, early music, bluegrass music, solar energy, ecology—took root while I lived on a small farm in North Carolina,” she explains. “I made mistakes by the wheelbarrow load, but I wouldn’t take anything for it. I learned just about everything that matters to me today.”

Real places like Boone, Blue Ridge Parkway, Mt. Pisgah Inn, and Linville Falls have been fictionalized to create the setting for this series about murder, greed, family secrets, and second chances. McDaniel is currently working on the fourth book in the series. “This feels like a good way to say thanks for all I learned in the mountains of North Carolina,” McDaniel adds.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lynda McDaniel has been writing professionally for almost 40 years, including 1,200 articles for major magazines and 15 books, several of which are award winners and Amazon bestsellers. For the past 10 years, she’s served as a writing coach to clients who wanted to write well at work, as well as write and publish their own books. Read more here. She is available for phone interviews through her publicist, Gina Willis. 

PUBLICIST: Gina Willis at 925-407-6858 or ginaworks4u@gmail.com 


DISTRIBUTION: Ingram and Amazon

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An earlier reviewer's comparison to To Kill a Mockingbird is justified. 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, with none of those distractions. — Miles Glazner


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 a wonderful. READ THIS ONE.  —Wooley, Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer

Five Stars! Lynda McDaniel has that wonderfully appealing way of weaving a story, much in the manner of Fannie Flagg. The mystery isn't a fast-paced one, but rather one that brought me into the lives of many in Laurel Falls. The tale immediately drew me in, into the town, into the intriguing mystery, and into the people. [This mystery is] a real treat to read and made me anticipate meeting the characters in yet another installment.  —Deb, Amazon Hall of Fame, Top 100 Reviewer

This was my first book by Lynda McDaniel—won't be my last. Love a book that can hold my interest to the the point I don't want it to end. Recommend this book to anyone who likes a book with humor, mystery & a bit of romance. — M. Ballard


Marvelous read! A compelling story told through the eyes and voice of two remarkable narrators who seem like polar opposites but are deceptively similar. They possess the same hopes and dreams for a new life. — Yvette Klobuchar, author of Brides Unveiled

Thoroughly enjoyable and intriguing with descriptive powers and beautiful mountain scenery. Intense family and friend dynamics with character vulnerabilities and complex relationships that steal the reader’s heart and make this mystery a must-read. — Pam Franklin, international bestselling author

McDaniel's mystery novel delivers a pair of unforgettable crime-solving characters. Using her keen knowledge of the charm (and less than charming features) of life in the North Carolina mountains, she lured me into her story and kept me there. I hope Della, Abit, and the gang will be back!" —Virginia McCullough, award-winning author of Amber Light  and  Greta's Grace




"The most satisfying mystery I've read in ages." 
— Joan Nienhuis, book blogger