Death at the Old Mill Pond
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DEATH AT THE OLD MILL POND The ancient mill pond is cooled by cypress trees and Spanish moss, but the Armstrong grist mill is steamy with activity. The neighbors are arriving by mule and wagon, to grind corn. Their friendly chatter is interrupted by someone's shout. "Looka yonder. Ain't dat a body in the water?" Sheriff Raymond Wilson and Phil Armstrong motor out to find a massive body - Fats Wiggins, recently acquitted of murdering the miller's grandson Troy McKay, a young colored man. The jury refused to punish a white man for killing a Negro. Some suspect Troy's family, but young Zanna and Beau Armstrong have known the McKays all their lives, and are determined to help the sheriff find the real killer. The sleuths soon lose count of the many people wanting Fats dead: his battered wife Naomi; their terrified children; those permanently blinded by drinking his illicit moonshine whiskey; his sister's widower; or did the McKay family really take the law into their own hands? As they get closer to the truth, Zanna and Beau are threatened. To keep them safe, Sheriff Wilson must work faster than ever to find the real truth. But at the end of the journey, there is an amazing twist to the tale.
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781461098515, 274pp.
Publication Date: February 2, 2012
About the Author
SARA SOMMERVILLE Sara Sommerville, author of Death at the Old Mill Pond, grew up in South Carolina, in an environment quite similar to Armstrong Crossing in the novel. A lifelong wanderer, Sommerville left her home state after getting a bachelors degree in English at the University of South Carolina. She has lived and worked in San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Baltimore, Buffalo, London and Valencia, Spain. Sara and her English husband John divided their time between England and Spain for ten years, before settling in Georgia in 2010. Sara has had an illustrious career as a convention and trade show manager, and was CEO of her own company for 19 years. She won an award for writing at age 16, and has been a writer ever since. She was named Author of the Year by CONVENE, Journal of Professional Conference Management Association, where she was International Editor and Columnist for more than five years. Death at the Old Mill Pond is Sommerville's first novel, one of a series of mysteries featuring Zanna Armstrong and her family and friends.