(A Murder in the Mountains #2)
Tess Spencer loves her low-key job at the Crystal Mountain Spa, which allows her plenty of down-time with her one-year old daughter and lawyer husband, Thomas. But when a pool installation turns up eight skeletons in the spa's back yard, Tess becomes entangled in a sleuthing job destined to go awry.
As the investigation gets underway, someone dumps a fresh body near the excavated burial site, confirming unspeakable fears. A serial killer has returned to Buckneck, West Virginia...a skilled hunter with a unique taste in prey.
When Tess agrees to help the cunning Detective Tucker gather clues from the inside, she discovers the posh spa hides more than dead bodies. Even as she sifts through layers of deceit, Tess realizes too late that the killer's sights have zeroed in on her.
Unpredictable psychological mystery replete with memorable characters, Trial by Twelve is Book Two in A Murder in the Mountains series.
Praise for Trial by Twelve
"This novel brings another series into the Christian fiction fold that can easily be recommended to those who enjoy psychological thrillers yet do not want all the trappings that mainstream fiction can bring with that genre." ~Christine Sharbrough, The Christian Manifesto, May 14, 2015
"A satisfying novel, where plot, characters and setting blend into a compelling read. Heather Day Gilbert knows how to keep readers turning pages. Tess is one of those rare-to-me characters I'd like to have as a real-life friend."~Janet Sketchley, author of the Redemption's Edge series
"Trial by Twelve confirms Tess Spencer, the Glock-toting mountain mama of Buckneck, West Virginia, as one of my favorite amateur sleuths and Heather Day Gilbert as a first-rate mystery writer. This second book in Gilbert's Murder in the Mountains series ups the ante on the first: the stakes are higher, the tension runs deeper. Best of all, Gilbert kept me guessing until the end."~Karin Kaufman, author of the Anna Denning mystery series
"Heather Gilbert brings a fresh new voice to the mystery genre. I love the spunky Tess Spencer and her small town values. The first two books of this series are filled with plenty of suspense and the kind of characters that keep me coming back for more."~Ron Estrada, author of Now I Knew You
"Bursting with atmosphere and suspense, Trial By Twelve is a fast-paced who-done-it filled with quirky characters and surprises at every turn. Once again, Heather Day Gilbert has brought small-town West Virginia to vivid life, combining new characters with old favorites. Fans of Miranda Warning will find Trial by Twelve a satisfying sequel, and readers new to the series will discover a favorite heroine to root for and grow with."~Sally Bradley, author of Kept, the 2014 Christian Manifesto Lime Award winner for Romantic Fiction and the 2014 Grace Award winner for Romantic Fiction
Another great edge of your seat mystery by Heather Day Gilbert! I was excited to read this next mystery in the series and I was not disappointed! This series has two of the best mysteries I have read and the second one was even better than the first. The serial killer succeeded in raising the tension and the stakes resulting in another awesome case for Tess to solve. Also, I'm extremely impressed with Mrs. Gilbert's character development. The characters are fun and realistic. She strikes the perfect balance in her novels between the mystery and their ordinary, everyday lives and relationships. Both aspects succeed in moving the book forward without being overwhelming. I actually enjoy the character's non-mystery stories as much as the mystery and can't wait to revisit the wonderful members of the Spencer family in the third book.