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The Skeleton at the Old Painted Mill: A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery by Celia H. Miles

Stone Ivy Press
$2.99, e-book
October, 2020
Fiction: Women Sleuths
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Pursuing her dream career as a Mill Restoration consultant, intrepid Marcy Dehanne, along with her young guide Harkins, trek toward the Old Painted Mill on remote Ransom Creek in the mountains of western North Carolina. This time—she assures herself—she won't find a dead body on site. And she's right. In the kudzu-shrouded mill, a decades-old skeleton awaits Marcy. Common sense, warnings, and dangers don't deter her from diving headlong into the quest for long-delayed justice and the restoration of the old mill. Not everyone welcomes her investigating, but's never stopped Marcy. Not yet.

Celia Miles, a retired community college instructor, enjoys writing about what intrigues and inspires her—and old grist mills count as major factors in her travels as do mystery novels in her reading. This is her third grist mill mystery, her tenth novel, all set in western NC except one in the Scottish islands. Available on line and at her website:

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