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Just Holler Bloody Murder

(Callahan Banks Mystery, Book 1)

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female sleuths · cozy mystery · amateur detective · murder mystery series · South Carolina
"Here's a new kind of sleuth with an ecological bent and an unlikely sidekick, a sometimes tense, sometimes funny murder mystery with a touch of romance." —P.B. Parris, author of Waltzing in the Attic and His Arms are Full of Broken Things

Callahan Banks returns to her beloved Timicau Island near Charleston, South Carolina, to settle her mother's estate. Her grief is compounded by Pepper Dade's plans to develop the island and destroy the only home she's ever known. When the body of a bikini-clad blonde washes up on the beach, Callahan is pulled into a web of intrigue that has her questioning all she thought she knew about her own life. Struggling to resist her attraction to Pepper, Callahan suspects he may be involved in the death of the blonde. She ignores her misgivings until nine-year-old, freckle-faced Harry Applegate, her sidekick, disappears. Now Callahan must muster all her skills as a naturalist and tracker to find the little boy before it's too late.

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“Sprinkled with a host of eccentric characters with varying motivations, and set in a natural world that is not necessarily friendly, the author deftly balances the full development of her central characters while maintaining the fast pace of her mystery. Throw in a little romance to spice things up, and the reader will forget the dangers of massive alligators and poisonous snakes in favor of joining the search for the irresistible and, unfortunately, missing, 9 year-old Harry Applegate. A clever and enticing read from an author we look forward to hearing from again very soon!” ★★★★★ Reader Review 

“Captivating first mystery from a writer with acute sensitivity to the animal kingdom and a critical eye for the actions and motives of the human heart. An all-night, page-turner from beginning to end.” ★★★★★ Reader Review 

“Interesting and intriguing mystery. It is well written and worth every minute of your time…” ★★★★★ Reader Review 

“OUTSTANDING WORK.” ★★★★★ Reader Review 

“Such a well written, page-turning book with colorful characters! The descriptions of the wildlife and surrounding low country were so vivid I could almost smell the sea and feel mosquitos biting my legs!” ★★★★★ Reader Review 

“Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down. It is full of original descriptions that transported me onto that island. I effortlessly learned all kinds of interesting facts about nature. They were tucked so beautifully into the story that I didn't realize how much I was learning until after I'd finished the book. This is a must-buy/must-read!” ★★★★★ Reader Review 

“…an engaging read. Full of funny characters, suspenseful action. I hope there is a sequel. Soon.” ★★★★★ Reader Review 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dershie McDevitt lives outside of Asheville, North Carolina with two Wheaten Terriers and her first and second husbands. This works well because she’s had the good fortune (he says) to marry the same man twice. Her whimsical house, located in a mountain valley teeming with wild creatures, is a perfect habitat for a girl raised in northern Wyoming. The McDevitts’ vacation home on Dewees Island, off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, is another wild and natural place. Their home on stilts overlooks a swamp pond with a fourteen-foot alligator and a myriad of flying, roosting, nesting, fishing, squawking birds (well over 200 species now). Dershie’s first novel, Just Holler Bloody Murder, draws on her love of nature and adventure. In a setting very much like her Dewees Island retreat, the author creates a world where murder and mystery mix together with romance to create a wonderful and slightly quirky read.
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