I love music. As readers turn the pages of Murder at the Moonshine Inn, #2 in my Hazel Rose Book Group series, they may hear the background music and lyrics that accompany this story of mystery and intrigue (there’s even an Alice Cooper look-alike):
When high-powered executive Roxanne Howard dies in a pool of blood outside the Moonshine Inn, Richmond, Virginia’s premiere redneck bar, the victim’s sister enlists Hazel Rose to ferret out the killer. At first Hazel balks—she’s a romance writer, not a detective. But Brad Jones, Rox’s husband, is the prime suspect. He’s also Hazel’s cousin, and Hazel believes in doing anything to help family. Never mind that Brad won’t give her the time of day—he’s still family.
Hazel recruits her book group members to help with the investigation. It’s not long before they discover any number of people who feel that a world without Rox Howard is just fine with them: Brad’s son believes that Rox and Brad were behind his mother’s death; Rox’s former young lover holds Rox responsible for a tragedy in his family; and one of Rox’s employees filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against her. The killer could be an angry regular from the Moonshine Inn—or just about anyone who ever crossed paths with the willful and manipulative Rox.
When a second murder ups the ante Hazel must find out who is behind the killings. And fast. Or she may be victim #3.
The playlist for Murder at the Moonshine Inn is as broad, eclectic, and unpredictable as the characters themselves:
“Ancient Roman Lyre Music” Michael Levy
“Come to My Window” Melissa Etheridge
“Echoes of Greece” Global Journey
“Feelings” Morris Albert
“Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places” Johnny Lee
“Never on Sunday” original soundtrack
“Redneck Girl” Bellamy Brothers
“Roxanne” The Police
“Whiter Shade of Pale” Procol Harum
“Will You Still Love Me When I’m 64?” Paul McCartney
“You and Me” Alice Cooper
I got the idea for my post title, “Music to Murder By: A Playlist,” from Music to Murder By by Vernon Hinkle.
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