When high-powered executive Roxanne Howard dies in a pool of blood outside the Moonshine Inn, Richmond, Virginia’s premiere redneck bar, the victim’s sister enlists Hazel Rose to ferret out the killer. At first Hazel balks—she’s a romance writer, not a detective. But Brad Jones, Rox’s husband, is the prime suspect. He’s also Hazel’s cousin, and Hazel believes in doing anything to help family. Never mind that Brad won’t give her the time of day—he’s still family.
Hazel recruits her book group members to help with the investigation. It’s not long before they discover any number of people who feel that a world without Rox Howard is just fine with them: Brad’s son believes that Rox and Brad were behind his mother’s death; Rox’s former young lover holds Rox responsible for a tragedy in his family; and one of Rox’s employees filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her. The killer could be an angry regular from the Moonshine Inn—or just about anyone who ever crossed paths with the willful and manipulative Rox.
When a second murder ups the ante Hazel must find out who is behind the killings. And fast. Or she may be victim #3.
What Readers Say
" Buckle up. Hazel Rose and her book group are not your granny's amateur sleuths. Southern, sassy, and a wee bit sexy! "
― Mollie Cox Bryan, author of the Agatha-Nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries
" Colorful characters, dark secrets, and heart make Maggie King's latest edgy cozy a standout. You'll be clamoring to join Hazel Rose's book group."
― Dianne Emley, L.A. Times bestselling author of the Detective Nan Vining series
" In Murder at the Moonshine Inn, Maggie King distills book clubs, author deadlines, and undercover ops at a redneck bar into a cocktail of pure delight."
― Diane Vallere, National Bestselling author of the Madison Night Mystery Series
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Maggie King is the author of Murder at the Book Group, a Hazel Rose Book Group Mystery; she also wrote the short stories "A Not So Genteel Murder" and "Reunion in Shockoe Slip" for the Virginia is for Mysteries anthologies. Murder at the Book Group received favorable reviews from BeachCrafters Books, Booklist, Harriet Klausner, Publisher's Weekly, Suspense Magazine, and many blogs. Maggie has been a guest and interviewee on Cyrus Webb's Conversations Book Club as well as on a number of blogs, including Dru's Musings, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Fanfare, and Shelf Pleasure. A lifelong love of reading, especially mysteries, led Maggie to participate in a number of book groups. There she observed the full range of human behavior, with passionate readers often clashing with other passionate readers, giving Maggie the idea to write a series of murder mysteries focusing on book groups. Maggie lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Glen, and two indulged cats. Murder at the Moonshine Inn is her second novel in the Hazel Rose Book Group series.