Doing It at the Dixie Dew: A Mystery (Hardcover)

A Mystery

By Ruth Moose

St. Martins Press-3pl, 9781250046383, 256pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

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Description

"Who says you can't go home again?"
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""When Beth McKenzie returns to her hometown and attempts to turn an old Southern mansion into a bed and breakfast called The Dixie Dew, her first guest is murdered. Three days later a young priest who looks better in tennis whites than cleric black is found strangled in his chapel. The whole town of Littleboro is turned upside down, inside out, and Ossie Delbardo, the town cop whose job heretofore mainly involved controlling football traffic on Friday nights, is not cut out to solve the murders. Beth fears her newly opened B&B is in danger of failing. She's even more worried that she is Ossie's number one suspect. Aided by her friend from high school and trusty handyman, she sets out to discover the truth of the murders.

Littleboro has its share of characters, some of which are helpful and others misleading. There's Crazy Reba who lives in a tree, bathes in any bathtub she finds empty, and Dumpster dives; Verna, the town know-it-all and affectionate owner of Robert Redford, a huge white rabbit; and Miss Tempie Merritt, music teacher and organist who always wears hat, gloves, and lace-trimmed white socks. When Beth herself is attacked, there's no more time for baking muffins and stenciling pineapples on the porch. She's in a race to uncover her neighbors' secrets before her hometown becomes her burial ground.

Ruth Moose's" Doing It at the Dixie Dew" is a charming and delightful debut.



About the Author

RUTH MOOSE is the 2013 winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. She won the PEN Award for Syndicated Fiction, the Robert Ruark Award for the Short Story, and the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award. She has received three Pushcart nominations and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. She's published three collections of short stories and six collections of poetry. She was on the Creative Writing faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for fifteen years and received the Chapman Award for teaching. She lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.


Praise For Doing It at the Dixie Dew: A Mystery

“Moose’s delightful first cozy, winner of the Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel, stars Beth McKenzie, who returns to her hometown of Littleboro, N.C., to open the Dixie Dew Bed and Breakfast…Little old ladies in gloves and hats, financial shenanigans, a large rabbit, and the fishbowl life of a small town add to the fun.” —Publishers Weekly

“Quirky characters, the beginnings of a romance, and the southern setting add to a story that will appeal to fans of Mary Daheim’s Bed-and-Breakfast mysteries and Sarah Graves’ Home Repair Is Homicide series.” —Booklist

“Welcome to the Dixie Dew where the mysterious Miss Lavinia Lovingood meets her unfortunate end in a small Southern town peopled with zany–and I might add, suspicious–characters. I felt right at home there, although I did look over my shoulder during the whole delightful visit. A cuddle-up-by-the-fire kind of book. Put on the kettle!” —Mignon F. Ballard, author of Miss Dimple Picks A Peck Of Trouble

“I loved it!  So much fun to read--Ruth Moose has fashioned a fast-paced romp through small town society... mayhem and maybe even murder lurk behind those frilly lace curtains at the Dixie Dew B&B. This entertaining novel is just as rich and delicious as innkeeper Beth McKenzie's lemon crème cake.” —Lee Smith, The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls

"Ruth Moose never lets action hesitate in this novel of mystery, manners, food, and more. It will hold you until way past lights out—you just might read until breakfast." —Clyde Edgerton, bestselling author of The Floatplane Notebooks

“As deliciously Southern as pecan pie, Doing It at the Dixie Dew is a dazzling and delightful debut mystery.” —Carolyn Hart, national bestselling author of Death at the Door

“Ruth Moose's debut novel is a winner. Moose expertly intertwines old secrets, colorful indiscretions and murder into an elegantly written mystery that will delight every cozy fan.” —Sarah R. Shaber, author of the Professor Simon Shaw mysteries and editor of Tar Heel Dead

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