Saturday, November 16, 2013

Discover the "Rachel Myers Murder Mystery" series!

Annis Ward Jackson's Rachel Myers murder mystery series is set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Myers is a “reluctant” detective and never seeks out a mystery to solve but they somehow just seem to fall into her lap. Her job as administrator of an exclusive retirement village leaves time for her cello, horseback riding and gardening, and investigations that land her right in the middle of drug dealers, pornographers, polluters, bootleggers, in addition to a bevy of murderers.

Available soon, number twelve in the series, MAINELY MURDER, is the first time Myers leaves the mountains to pursue a mystery.

Check out Blind Malice, the first book in series, below, in which Rachel Myers comes back to the mountains to attend her father’s funeral. The service is barely over when questions surrounding his death and his financial affairs begin to surface. Myers is not a professional detective but her natural ability for solving puzzles, her tenacity, and her faith in that little spark that says she’s on the right track enable her to uncover shocking secrets from her father’s past and come face to face with the menace that led to his death.

Blind Malice: A Rachel Myers Murder Mystery (Rachel Myers Murder Mysteries), by Annis Ward Jackson

"For nature lovers, Annis Ward Jackson's Rachel Myers semi-cozy novellas, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia, can be as addictive as popcorn. The author clearly knows and loves this haunted, story-soaked country; and sometimes touches--lightly and deftly--on the many environmental issues that plague the area." - Readmedeadly.com

"This is a great series for mystery buffs! The author is really good at weaving the story and setting up the characters so you care deeply about each of them. I love this series!" - CleanReadingMimi.com

In Blind Malice, first in a series of 10 murder mysteries set along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Annis Ward Jackson introduces Rachel Myers, a native of the area who has come home for her father's funeral. The service is barely over when questions surrounding her father's death and his financial affairs begin to pile up.

Myers is not a professional detective but her natural ability for solving intricate puzzles, her tenacity, and her faith in that little spark that says she's on the right track, enable her to uncover shocking secrets from her father's past and come face to face with the menace that led to his death.


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Meet the Author

Having written for various purposes such as curricula and other more technical creations, and having published only short stories and magazine articles, I took advantage of retirement to make a stab at writing in one of the genres that I've always loved, the murder mystery. I suppose my love for this genre goes back to my maternal grandmother and an elderly neighbor and all the stories they loved to tell of gruesome murders, including those of Frankie and Johnny and Tom Dooley.

However, I allowed myself to be sidetracked when I became fascinated with the age-old traditional lore that Abraham Lincoln was actually born in North Carolina. The result was a novel, Into The Twilight: The True Origins of Abe Lincoln. By the time I had learned the ins and outs of the e-book world and was ready to publish the Lincoln book, I had completed a rough draft of Blind Malice, the first in my Rachel Myers series which is set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the present day.

Since 2009 when the Lincoln book went live, I have published 11 books in the Myers series and have begun a new series with Ellis Crawford, a young man fresh out of the Marines, who takes a job as police chief in a small town in eastern North Carolina. This series begins in the late 1970's. There are 4 volumes to date in the Crawford series with more to come.

Gardening (perennials, hostas, herbs) and horses are an inescapable and vastly enjoyable part of my life so they figure prominently in my Rachel Myers series but less so in the Ellis Crawford.

The e-book experience has been incredibly exciting, especially for a person who had never touched a computer until the mid 1980's. Since December, 2009, my books have averaged over 30 sales per day, a number that I would never have imagined even in my wildest dreams.

Visit my website at http://anniswardjacksonbooks.com/


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Besides the Rachel Myers and Ellis Crawford series, Jackson has published Into The Twilight: The True Origins of Abe Lincoln, Into the Deep: A Story of Resolution, (a novel set on Watauga Lake in eastern Tennessee,) a gardening book and a book on the herbs in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Patchwork contains mostly previously published short stories and magazine articles about Appalachian culture.

After many years in distant places, Jackson now lives with her husband, horses, dogs, and gardens not far from where she grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.



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