As Daisy McGovern knows all too well, it isn’t easy being a young, small town waitress at the local diner. And it becomes even harder just as she’s trying to stitch her life back together and salvage her job by converting the diner into a bakery when a mysterious robbery occurs and one of the thieves ends up dead on the bakery floor with a chef’s knife in his chest. Forced into a twisted game of cat-and-mouse that takes her from secretive nip joints overflowing with moonshine to weathered Appalachian mountaintops overflowing with history and guns, Daisy must figure out who the dead man is—and why he was in her bakery—before she becomes the next victim.
This is the second entry in a charming series filled with eccentric characters, red herrings, and, of course, moonshine!
Praise for Murder and Moonshine:
"With an ordinary heroine ensnared in extraordinary events, a colorful rendering of southern Virginia and a terrifying climax, 'Murder and Moonshine' marks the beginning of a potent series."—The Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Miller's debut amuses but also slices into the heart of a proud region...Easy to read, shot with romance, and full of country aphorisms, this book succeeds both at puzzling and moving readers emotionally."—Library Journal (starred debut of the month)
"Appealing debut...Miller has produced a story full of intriguing clues and misdirection, liberally laced with Southern charm."—Publishers Weekly
"Small-town shenanigans in the Appalachians pit a waitress against a furtive murderer and an even deadlier foe....Daisy is both strong and vulnerable....Miller’s debut uses a light touch and a gift for scene painting in its skillful balance of people and puzzle."—Kirkus Reviews
"Down on her luck but still plenty plucky, Daisy is a sweet southern gal with a loyal heart and a long memory. Readers will enjoy watching the love triangle between Daisy, the local bad boy, and the federal agent unfold."—Booklist
“[A] lively debut. Miller keeps the tone light in Murder and Moonshine while delivering an incisive look at Southwestern Virginia….Moonshine, land deals, and family grudges are folded into the entertaining plot. Miller elevates her debut with a likable heroine, whose involvement…comes from her personal connection with the land and its people. Murder and Moonshine is long on Southern charm, but doesn’t succumb to stereotypes about country life. The characters are a bit eccentric...but they are realistically and thoughtfully explored by Miller.”—Oline H. Cogdill, Mystery Scene Magazine
“A richly-textured, engrossing mystery with a deep dish of down-home charm. Greed, betrayal, small-town feuds, and a shotgun-toting aunt make for an entertaining read.”—Susan M. Boyer, Agatha Award-winning author of the Liz Talbot Mystery series
“A home-style mystery that's pure Southern comfort. Small town secrets, feuds, and fun make Carol Miller’s debut one you can sink your teeth into.”—Riley Adams, author of the Memphis BBQ Mysteries