Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Fiction by Writers with Carolinas connections

  • "Sister Eve Private Eye: A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery" (Thomas Nelson, $15.99 Trade paper) by Lynne Hinton, author of the bestselling "Friendship Cake" and "Pie Town." Sister Eve is a member of the Benedictine Order in Pecos, N.M., and she's been feeling a bit uncertain about her calling. Her ailing father's plea for help takes her home to Madrid, N.M., where life presents new challenges. A hospice chaplain and church pastor, Hinton is a Faith & Values columnist for the Charlotte Observer.
  • "To See the Moon Again" (Penguin, $16) by Jamie Langston Turner of Greenville, S.C., is the story of Julie Rich, a 57-year-old creative writing teacher at a small South Carolina college who is granted a sabbatical for the coming year. A horrible accident Rich caused years ago still haunts her. A phone call from a niece she's never met will lead Rich on a healing journey. Turner herself teaches at Bob Jones University in Greenville.
  •  "Love Songs of the Revolution" (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, $14.99) by Bronwyn Mauldin, a former copy carrier for the Charlotte Observer and a member of the 1985 graduating class of West Charlotte High School and a 1990 graduate of UNC Charlotte. Her novel is a literary thriller about one man's struggle to solve his wife's murder, set against a backdrop of geopolitical turmoil in the last days of Soviet Lithuania. Maulden now lives in Glendale, Calif.
  • "One Red Thread" (Tyrus Books, $24.99 hardcover) by Chapel Hill native Ernie Wood, a former reporter for the News & Observer in Raleigh, who gives us a tale of Eddy McBride, an architect, who has managed to participate in his family history in a way that merges into science fiction. A provocative novel that raises questions about the power of healing the past. Wood now lives in Austin, Tex.