Doing it at the Dixie Dew by Ruth Moose

Moose, an award-winning author, lives in Pittsboro and taught creative writing at UNC-doing itChapel Hill for fifteen years.  She’s written poetry and short fiction, but this is her first novel.  Lee Smith and Clyde Edgerton praise this addition to North Carolina fiction!

Beth McKenzie has inherited a run-down mansion in a small North Carolina town and, while still in the process of fixing it up, has opened a bed-and-breakfast there.  The novel begins, “People don’t go to a bed-and-breakfast to die, do they?”  That’s exactly what’s happened; Miss Lavinia Livengood, an elderly lady, has “checked in and ‘checked out.“  The bedroom where she died becomes a crime scene.  Soon the police are questioning Beth – and someone seems to be trying to murder her!

This suspenseful novel paints a picture of a small town where everyone knows everyone else, no one locks doors, and gossip travels like wildfire.  Characters include two eccentric older ladies, a weird woman who climbs local trees and sneaks into people’s homes to bathe in their tubs, and a handsome young man who’s helping Beth to renovate the bed-and-breakfast.

Doing It at the Dixie Dew would make good summer reading – but you don’t need to wait until summer to enjoy it!

(Helen Snow, retired from Information Services)

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