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Old Wounds by Vicki Lane
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Elizabeth Goodweather’s daughter Rosemary, a college English professor, decides to come home to Full Circle Farm (Marshall County, North Carolina) to delve into the disappearance – and presumed death -- of her childhood friend Maythorn Mullins on Halloween Day 1986. At age ten, the girls didn’t have much in common. Yet Rosemary, the daughter of back-to-the-land parents, and Maythorn, whose parents lived nearby in a four-story mansion, were as close as sisters.

Another mystery – dating from the Vietnam era – returns to haunt Elizabeth in Old Wounds. Although she was unaware of it, Elizabeth’s late husband Sam witnessed some horrific war crimes and may have secreted evidence at Full Circle Farm. Elizabeth’s friend/lover Phillip Hawkins, who was in military service with Sam, believes she may know something that could lead to the evidence – and he’s worried that knowledge may put her in danger.

Vicki Lane is very adept at creating complex, multi-faceted stories that move effortlessly from one time period to another and characters with incredible depth. She also is a master of using sensory details to make a locale come alive. Old Wounds exemplifies these talents. Readers weary of reading too many mysteries featuring frothy amateur sleuths won’t find a better antidote than Old Wounds.

By Diana. First published in Mystery News, October-November 2007. ( )
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Elizabeth Goodweather and her husband built a rewarding life in the hills and hollows of their adopted Appalachian home. But now Elizabeth is alone, her husband tragically killed, her children grown, the land around her filled with customs and beliefs she cannot share. It’s still a good life–tending the small herb and flower business–but Elizabeth’s fragile peace is about to be shattered.

Cletus Gentry vanished while hunting ginseng in the hills–and his mother is sure the childlike man was murdered. As Elizabeth retraces Cletus’s last wanderings, she will discover that a killer has been waiting all the while in the coves and hollows near her farm for her to see the light…and then come willingly to her own death.

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Elizabeth Goodweather's daughter Rosemary returns home determined to solve a nineteen-year-old riddle: the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, Maythorn Mullins, when the girls were just ten. In her search for the truth she is confronted with a complex thicket of relationships and must explore the realm of magic and Cherokee legend that Maythorn shared secretly with Rosemary.--Source other than Library of Congress.… (more)

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