Kitty James is a pseudonym for a murder mystery addict and Alabama native currently living in the Triangle Region of North Carolina. She works as a full-time technology consultant, but loves to write for fun. Two cats , husband, gardening, reading, volunteering, and making soap are among her many interest. She is a big fan of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rex Stout (huge crush on Archie Goodwin), and P.G. Wodehouse (comical genius), but reads lots of modern authors too.
Crestwood’s grapevine, The Beast, tormented Daphne Arden all her life. All she wants is quiet respectability. When Kitty James moves in to watch the Summer Lake serial killer’s crime scene, The Beast roars to life. Add handsome David Mitchell to the mix, and tongues wag! When everybody talks about the past, the serial killer won't like it, and Daphne and Kitty may regret stirring up the past.
Stands Alone: yes
Kitty James is a modern day recluse and mystery author with a knack for spotting the potential to kill someone in everyday situations. Ruth Winter is a young woman living on her parent’s tobacco farm during the 1930’s with her daughter Evie. One night Ruth’s life changes forever, and she disappears without a trace. When Kitty renovates the old tobacco barn on her new property, two dead bodies are unearthed, and the lives of both women collide!
The news rockets through the town at light-speed, and results in her introduction to Ian Matthews, a handsome neighbor, who’s family once owned the old farmstead. The bodies, combined with Ian’s romantic advances, and mysterious time-travel dreams, push the limits of her sanity.
As Kitty gets closer to discovering the identities of her backyard corpses, she will fall victim to a modern day murderer who wants to keep old family secrets quiet. She must push herself beyond her comfort level to solve this mystery, and she risks her life and Ian’s love to discover the truth, even as someone tries to silence her—permanently.