(A Murder in the Mountains #1)
Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.
But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer...or the next victim might be Tess herself.
Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains' lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.
Praise for Miranda Warning
"Miranda Warning is a captivating read that grabs you by the hand and jerks you along...An intricately woven plot kept revealing bits of the puzzle while continuing to build the suspense and danger. Thomas and Tess were perfect for each other; the author certainly captured the realism of marriage, the good and bad...it was endearing to see how the entire Spencer family interacted. Miranda Warning was a page-turner for me, and I can only hope Heather Day Gilbert is working on the next installment in the Murder in the Mountains Series." ~ 5 Star Review from Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite, Aug. 2014
"Tess Spencer will make you fall in love with her, then push you away, then charm you back into love again. Deliciously creepy mystery, well-rounded cast, delightful small town setting." ~ Becky Doughty, author of Waters Fall
"The perfect blend of spine-chilling suspense and cozy mountain mystery, Miranda Warning is that rare novel that has it all: a unique setting, rich characters, and a plot so riveting you can't look away." ~Karin Kaufman, author of The Witch Tree, a 2011 Grace Award finalist
Don’t you love it when you find a new fictional character to root for? As all mystery lovers know, it’s important to love a series’ main character, and I love Tess Spencer, the heroine of Miranda Warning. She’s intensely loyal, she’s both kind and tough, she carries a Glock or a knife when she does her sleuthing (the woman lives in the West Virginia mountains, after all, and she is no fool), and she says things like “More coffee is never a bad thing.”
But this book’s plot is also terrific--full of unforeseen twists and turns--and the writing is top-notch. The book is rich in every sense of the word--rich in characters (all of them complex and realistic), in details and clues, in setting, and in suspense. Gilbert knows how to ratchet up the tension until you can’t put the book down because you must know who did what and why.
I can’t wait for book 2 in the series!