Murder and moonshine

by Miller, Carol, 1972-

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Miller
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Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
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Monroeville Public Library Mystery MILLER Carol
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Collection  Mystery
Call Number  MILLER Carol
Penn Hills Library Mystery MYS MILLER
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Scott Township Library Fiction FIC MILLER MURDER
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All small towns have secrets---and plenty of them---as every small-town waitress knows. Daisy is no different. A young, recently separated waitress at H & P's Diner in sleepy southwestern Virginia, she hears more than her fair share of neighborhood gossip while serving plates of hash and peach cobbler. But when a reclusive old man shows up at the diner one day, only to drop dead a few minutes later, Daisy quickly learns that some secrets are more dangerous to keep than others---especially when there are money and moonshine involved.

The man's death was suspicious, and no longer sure who she can trust, Daisy turns sleuth while also seeking to protect her sick mother and keeping a handle on Aunt Emily, her goading, trigger-happy landlord. Caught between whiskey and guns, a handsome ATF agent and a moonshine-brewing sweet talker, and a painful past and a dangerous present, Daisy has her work cut out for her. There's trouble brewing in her small town, and before it passes, many secrets will come to light.

Carol Miller makes a memorable debut in Murder and Moonshine, the first of an intriguing new mystery series.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After a fire took her father, the government took her family's land. Struggling to take care of herself and her ailing mother, Daisy McGovern makes ends meet as a small-town waitress. When a local recluse drops dead in H&P's Diner, a telltale jelly-jar lid suggests that a bad batch of moonshine might be to blame. ATF agent Ethan Kinney soon arrives on the scene and picks Daisy as his tour guide through the unnamed roads of rural Virginia. Daisy also runs interference between Ethan and the shoot first Balsam brothers thanks to Rick Balsam's long-standing crush on Daisy. 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. The second book in the series, Mayhem and Moonshine, is coming next year.--Keefe, Karen Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Miller's appealing debut, the first in a series, introduces Daisy McGovern, a strong-minded 27-year-old waitress in southwest Virginia with a tendency to jump to conclusions. When an elderly customer at H & P's Diner, reclusive farmer Fred Dickerson, drops dead at Daisy's feet, she gets caught up in the resulting investigation. That Fred's last word before he collapsed was "burger" (or was it "murder"?) may be significant. Quirky, well-drawn supporting characters include Rick Balsam, who operates a thriving moonshine business, and Ethan Kinney, a handsome ATF agent sent from Washington, D.C. Complicating Daisy's life are her husband, who walked out on her four years earlier with no explanation, and her invalid mother. Bordering on stereotype are some much-distrusted "big city folks" who ask questions that make people nervous. Despite a few beginner's mistakes (e.g., too much "smirking"), Miller has produced a story full of intriguing clues and misdirection, liberally laced with Southern charm. Agent: Kari Stuart, ICM. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Waitresses -- Fiction.
Distilling, Illicit -- Virginia -- Fiction.
Virginia, Southwest -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :Minotaur Books,2013
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "A Thomas Dunne book for Minotaur Books"--Title page verso.
Description 296 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781250019257 (hbk.)
1250019257 (hbk.)
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