Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mystery of the Month, "Hunter's Moon"

The wealthiest family in the Canaan Valley has several problems, which its members handle using discretion—or maybe secrecy is a better word.  But when one of their members is murdered, their secrets are revealed as sisters Andrea and Kathleen help Sheriff Ward Sterling investigate the murder.
The sisters feel it’s especially important to figure out who the murderer is, since their friend, Deputy Willard Hill, is the prime suspect. They know Willard couldn’t possibly be guilty, but finding out who is turns out to be difficult. Several people will profit from the death, and there are a few more who had reasons to dislike the deceased.
In spite of a serious threat from the murderer, Andrea and Kathleen persist, hunting for hidden diaries, reviewing security camera records, and interviewing members of the family.  Their friend Willard is scheduled to marry one of the daughters of this wealthy family, but the wedding has been postponed until the murder is solved. The sisters want Willard to be cleared so the wedding can proceed as planned. More important, they must solve the case before the killer silences them. 

Helen Haught Fanick’s short stories have appeared in Women’s Household, Midnight Zoo, Vermont Ink, and in various anthologies and online publications. Her articles and photos have been published in Texas Observer, Stepping Stones, and other periodicals. Her poem, Leaf Fall, was published in Nature’s Gifts, an anthology to benefit The Nature Conservancy.  She has won several local and state awards, and two national awards in the Writer’s Digest Competition.
Helen’s novel, Moon Signs, Book I of the Moon Mystery Series, was a quarter-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and is available on Amazon. The second and third novels in the Moon Mystery Series, Moonlight Mayhem and Hunter’s Moon, and a collection of three short stories, Bad Moon Rising, have now been published. Saving Susie, a suspense novel, reached the second level of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and was published in March 2012. Helen’s other works, Spring Decision, Assignment Prague, and City Life, are can also be found on Amazon. All are available for Kindle and in paperback, and Moon Signs is now an audiobook.
Helen is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in English and lives in San Antonio with her husband.