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THE SERPENTINE FLOWER
A Community Theater Mystery (#1)
Author: Joseph L.S. Terrell
First Edition
5.5"x8.5" Trade Paperback
Retail: $14.95US
ISBN 978-1-62268-047-4 print
ISBN 978-1-62268-048-1 ebook
LCCN 2016941970


When Mary Ann Little returns to the Tracks Community Theater for the first time since her husband's untimely onstage death, she is horrified to discover the body of young Sarah Atkins backstage. Mary Ann is convinced that Sarah's death was no accident, but everyone, including the chief of police, seems reluctant to discuss the possibility that someone in small-town Camford Courthouse is a killer. Mary Ann's regrets vocalizing her suspicions when her 19-year-old son emerges as a suspect. To unravel the mystery, Mary Ann goes back to work for Thaddeus Sinclair, the editor of the local paper and a "rumpled skeptic" for whom Mary Ann becomes aware of a growing attraction. It soon becomes clear that this small town near North Carolina's Outer Banks harbors more than its share of secrets. But can Mary Ann uncover those secrets and flush out the killer while juggling her new job, her burgeoning romance, her part-time work at the local library, and the unexpected role of "third witch" in the theater's production of Shakespeare's Macbeth? And even more important, can she do it all without getting herself killed?


"Joseph Terrell does everything right in The Serpentine Flower. Like a magic looking glass, he pulled me into the Outer Banks area and straight into the world of Mary Ann Little in this engrossing novel of murder and intrigue. The setting of Community Theater is perfect. A world where characters wear masks to hide motives, loyalties, and secrets. My favorite kind of mystery: where I get to accompany the hero as we figure out who is acting and who is telling the truth. The Serpentine Flower is serious enjoyment."
—Stacy Allen, author of Expedition Indigo, the first in the Riley Cooper thriller series.

"A deft plot. A tantalizing mystery. Terrell has full command of his material."
—Philip Cioffari, author of A History of Things Lost or Broken and Dark Road, Dead End


Praise for the Harrison Weaver Mysteries

"With Ernest Hemingway as his own personal muse, Joseph L.S. Terrell's Harrison Weaver series are delightful cozy mysteries taking place on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he has lived for quite a while. As soon as you begin reading, you realize you know each of the characters personally. The dialogue and suspense make these books hard to put down, so be prepared for a long night of intriguing reading."
—David R. Tanis, author of the Hamish O'Halloran Books

Undertow of Vengeance, Joseph Terrell's fourth thriller in the Harrison Weaver crime writer series, and set in North Carolina's Outer Banks, is a knockout. With the deadpan savvy delivery of Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade and the clipped declarative sentences of Dashiell Hammett, this volume, like its predecessors, reaches out in the very first sentence, grabs you by the lapels, and never lets up.
—Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate

Smooth writing from an eloquent storyteller goes down like fine scotch. Undertow of Vengeance is a keeper.
—Maggie Toussaint, Author, Cleopatra Jones Mysteries

"Every once in a while I'll pick up a book and from the first sentence, I'm engaged. Written with an extraordinary eye for detail yet in the sparse language of the journalist he once was, Terrell's novel is filled with wonderful dialogue, believable characters and just enough plot twists to keep the reader turning pages."
—Kip Tabb, Editor, North Beach Sun

"Joe Terrell gets the Outer Banks just right, from crashing surf to the sordid crimes behind the tourism façade, to a thoughtful sleuth who can throw a punch and make a mean sweet tea."
—David Healey, Author, The House That Went Down With The Ship

"A smart, savvy combination of who-done-it and police procedural."
—Kathryn R. Wall, Author, the Bay Tanner Mysteries



Author photo by: Tom Irey - Paris

 

About the Author:

Joseph L.S. Terrell makes his home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, his native state, where he continues the craft of fiction-writing—with a little fishing, golfing and boating thrown in.

Website: www.josephterrellwriter.com.

Books by Joseph L.S. Terrell:

Jonathan Clayton Novels

THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE
LEARNING TO SLOW DANCE

Harrison Weaver Mysteries

TIDE OF DARKNESS
OVERWASH OF EVIL
NOT OUR KIND OF KILLING
UNDERTOW OF VENGEANCE
DEAD RIGHT RETURNING
THE LAST BLUE NOON IN MAY

Community Theater Mysteries

THE SERPENTINE FLOWER

Stand alones

A TIME OF MUSIC, A TIME OF MAGIC
A NEUROTIC'S GUIDE TO SANE LIVING


THE SERPENTINE FLOWER
Author: Joseph L.S. Terrell
First Edition
5.5"x8.5" Trade Paperback
Retail: $14.95US
ISBN 978-1-62268-047-4 print
ISBN 978-1-62268-048-1 ebook
LCCN 2016941970

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