Doing It at the Dixie Dew by Ruth Moose

18404268The town of Littleboro is everything you might expect in a small Southern setting. Charming clergy who still make house calls, little old ladies who host afternoon tea, and, of course, crazy Reba, who might just let herself into your place for a shower, leaving wet towels on the floor. For Beth McKenzie, it’s just home sweet home. Beth recently returned to Littleboro after her grandmother fell down the stairs and never recovered. She’s now determined to make a go of a Bed and Breakfast – the Dixie Dew. Beth is thrilled to welcome her first guest but horrified to find her dead the next morning. Something is sour in Dixie.

Ruth Moose spins a sticky yarn. While Beth puzzles out what happened to her guest and ponders the future of her business, she must also watch her back – and question her friends and neighbors to figure out what, exactly, is going on in Littleboro.

The story unfolds at a brisk pace, told in the manner of great Southern stories – a little of this, a little of that, and a whole lot of heart.

About the Author
Ruth Moose writes. For forty years she’s written poems, short stories, book reviews, and columns and recently completed her first novel. Originally from Albemarle, North Carolina, she now lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where she continues to write and teach since her retirement from the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Creative Writing Department in 2010.

With an authentic Southern voice, her characters resonate the humor and tragedy of everyday lives.

Ruth Moose’s first novel, Doing it at the Dixie Dew, won the 2013 Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Award, published by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books, May 2014. She was on the Creative Writing faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years. She’s published three collections of short stories, The Wreath Ribbon Quilt, Dreaming in Color and Neighbors and Other Strangers with individual stories in The Atlantic, Alaska Quarterly Review, North American Review, Southern California Review and other places including publications in Holland, South Africa, England, and Denmark. Moose has published six collections of poetry, most recently, The Librarian and Other Poems and Tea. She’s received, among other awards for poetry and short story, a MacDowell Fellowship and a prestigious Chapman Family Teaching Award. A native North Carolinian, she now lives in Pittsboro, NC.

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