In book three of three of the Black Mountain Mystery Series - Emma Shaw must find out who killed the local charismatic preacher before her father is arrested for the murder. Will her ancestral gift of aura reading be enough?
In his third mystery set in his Black Mountain Series,
DEATH UNDER THE STEEPLE, Ruben Gonzales does not disappoint.
Emma Shaw, photojournalist and now photography shop owner, feels compelled to once again stick her unwanted nose into a police investigation. A well-loved, charismatic preacher is found dead in the church baptismal with a bullet wound in his head, and since Emma's father and the reverend had had a disagreement, the inept sheriff is determined to pin the murder on him and refuses to look for other suspects.
Determined to prove her father innocent, Emma enlists the help of her sort-of boyfriend, Jeff and sets out to find the real killer or at least another suspect.
Though she's threatened and physically attacked on more than one occasion, she doesn't give up even when her father hides, not only from the police, but from her, too.
Will Emma be successful in finding the right killer, so an innocent man doesn't have to pay for a crime he didn't commit?
-- Agnes Alexander, prolific writer of over 50 books in the mystery, romance, and western genres including the recent, THE FRIENDLY CREEK - 5- Book Series.
All of her books in print can be found on Amazon.
Book One in the Black Mountain Mystery Series
Emma Shaw returns to her N.C Blue Ridge Mountain home to bury her big brother, the small-town chief of police, who died in a
mysterious accident. Follow Emma as she faces the demons of her past under the shadow of Black Mountain.
"Photographer Emma Shaw can see people's true colors, literally. Although her ability to read a person's aura isn't entirely failsafe and is subject to interpretation, she's determined to use her gift to help solve a murder that took place in a nearby lake. Readers will enjoy trailing along with Emma as she attempts to form a true picture of whodunnit and why."
Diane Kelly - award-winning author of the Mountain Lodge Mysteries.
Amazon Reviews - 5.0 out of 5 stars A solid, believable murder mystery
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2021
"Well plotted, solidly constructed, simply told mystery. Those who enjoy whodunits with a strong, independent, and capable female protagonist will enjoy this book. Will keep you guessing up until the end. Highly recommended."
Amazon 5 Star review
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021
"… love the plot and the author’s descriptions of this quaint mountain town. I love the main character and hope to read more of her adventures in the future. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good crime mystery"
The Lake Nebo Murder
A Black Mountain Mystery Series
Follow Emma as she returns to her Black Mountain hometown to go into business, face an unforgiving past, and murder on Lake Nebo.
"...Gonzales paints a vivid picture of a quaint town, and he expertly weaves the central crime into the culture and history of the North Carolina area. The various characters feel like real people, and readers with similar small-town backgrounds will find them particularly relatable. …A compelling whodunit grounded in aspects of small-town life. - Kirkus Review – February 2022
"...a plot as twisty as a mountain road and a surprising touch of the mystical." Jane Tesh, author of the Madeline Maclin Mysteries
"...an intriguing and complex mystery...features vivid depictions of small-town history and life as its intelligent heroine uses her keen sense of observational skills to solve murder." Victoria Gilbert, author of the Blue Ridge Library Mystery Series
Also by Ruben D. Gonzales
Also by Ruben D. Gonzales
The Cottage on the Bay"
a North Carolina historical novel
Published in 2018
A Civil War family saga of Martha Stewart Thorpe and her life in the Cottage on the Bay as she navigates through Southern reconstruction in search of atonement, redemption, and love. www.amazon.com/s?k=the+cottage+on+the+bay+by+ruben+gonzales&i=specialty-aps&srs=13270229011&dc&ref=a9_sc_1
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