Murder and Moonshine: A Mystery

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Dec. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9781250019257. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250019264. M
OrangeReviewStarScrappy waitress Daisy McGovern's life has been on hold since her father's accidental death five years ago. But when Fred Dickerson, a local recluse, staggers into her diner and dies—from poisoning—Daisy is determined to find out who killed him. A chief suspect is the diner's cook, but when he becomes the next victim, Daisy is flummoxed. Meanwhile, good-looking ATF agent Ethan Kinney comes down to this remote corner of Virginia to investigate and finds that Fred died from poisoned moonshine.
VERDICT Miller's debut amuses but also slices into the heart of a proud region that doesn't appreciate outsiders taking advantage of the locals. Easy to read, shot with romance, and full of country aphorisms, the book succeeds both at puzzling and moving readers emotionally. Try with Margaret Maron and Deborah Sharp fans.

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