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About Helen Haught Fanick
Helen Haught Fanick is a member of a family of writers. Her mother was the author of many children’s stories and articles. A brother is a well-known newspaper editor who has won more than twenty national awards. Another brother writes short stories, and his wife is the author of a memoir. Her son, Ben Rehder, is the author of two popular series—the Blanco County Mysteries and the Roy Ballard Mysteries.
Helen is currently working on the seventh novel in her Moon Mystery Series. These books are set in West Virginia, Helen’s home state, and the novel in progress takes place in fictitious Baxter County, where sisters Andrea and Kathleen manage to get into lots of trouble while helping the local sheriff solve cold cases. And if you’re not familiar with the Moon Mysteries, check out Moon Signs—it’s free for Kindle.
You can reach Helen through her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHelenHaughtFanick
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There are many clues and many suspects, including hotel staff, valley residents, and the mysterious foreigners who come from the Eastern Seaboard for skiing. There are also many types of danger—icy roads, sub-zero temperatures, and a killer who doesn’t care how many people die in the attempt to make sure the right ones do.
While searching for clues as to what actually happened all those years ago, the sisters are threatened by someone who doesn’t want them to discover the truth. They persist, however, and in the end bring about what they hope is a rather unorthodox form of justice.
When a second murder occurs, members of the wedding party become even more certain that a killer is stalking the halls of the Alpenhof Hotel where they’re staying. Andrea and Kathleen join forces with Sheriff Ward Sterling to figure out who’s killing the guests in this quiet mountain resort. And there are clues—or are they just red herrings? A book of poetry, a flower garden, and artificial fingernails are among the discoveries the sisters discuss with the sheriff.
They’re hoping the investigation won’t put their lives in danger, but security at the hotel is lax and door locks are flimsy. If the sisters can dig up enough clues, maybe they can solve the puzzle before the killer takes aim at them. However, at bedtime they’re bracing their door with the back of a chair, just in case.
Andrea and Kathleen are doubtful they can find the answer Mary is looking for, but they decide to try. They start researching, and the case becomes more complicated when someone who was close to Cora, a likely suspect in her disappearance, is murdered.
The more the sister sleuths investigate, the more complex the situation becomes. How did expensive jewelry end up in Cora’s possession? Who knew moonflowers were poisonous and stole them from Andrea’s deck? Was the Mafia involved somehow, and what about the accusations against a jealous wife? And when a second suspect is murdered, are the sisters and Mary in danger, too?
The murder happened nearly five years earlier, and now the sisters must jog fading memories and scramble for clues in a case gone cold. Soon they discover the long-dead body of a second victim, but complications in the form of password-protected computer files and a bugged office prevent them from identifying the killer. Andrea and Kathleen are persistent—but can they solve the case without putting their own lives in jeopardy?
Several people stand to profit from the untimely death, and a few more had reasons to dislike the deceased. In spite of a serious threat from the murderer, Andrea and Kathleen persist in their quest to exonerate Willard. If they don’t act fast, they’ll be the killer’s next victims.
Both of them have an unspoken determination to keep their relationship professional, to keep distractions at a minimum, but is that going to be possible when every day might be their last? The bond that develops between them can only be destroyed by death, but that’s a real possibility for covert activists in Nazi-occupied Prague.
The idea of escaping to a reclusive life in the Texas Hill Country begins to seem very appealing; then Monica Cruz enters his life. She works for an agency that helps neighborhoods get organized to fight crime and decay, and she's intelligent, intense, and best of all, interested in Frank.
They make a good team--Frank with his determination to keep his neighborhood clear of problems, and Monica with her knowledge of what works in solving their problems--and her Taurus .38 revolver. Will all this be enough to keep them safe from the residents of the crack house on the corner or the angry man who doesn't care how much pollution he causes in disposing of hazardous waste? They're hoping that it will and that they'll have a life together in spite of the odds.
In the first of these three short mysteries, the sisters solve the murder of Pine Summit’s philandering mayor—while putting their own lives in danger. In another story, Andrea rents her garage apartment to a strange couple and ends up saving a life and losing her rental income. Then there’s Aunt Libby, who dies after drinking a margarita. Was it a stroke, or did someone do her in, someone who’s interested in her will and the valuable timber on her property? Leave it to the sisters to find out what really happened to their cranky old aunt and to discover who did it.
Denise must act quickly, but her attempts to find a new owner for Susie outside the city have been fruitless; there are no takers for an aging pit bull. So when Denise’s ex-husband finds a home for Susie in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Denise feels she has no choice but to go there. A man with a large estate is willing to take the dog, and Steve Wingfield, a skillful and daring pilot, will fly them to the Yucatan.
Denise could easily fall in love with Steve, but it’s obvious there’s something evil happening on the estate where she’s supposed to leave Susie, and she’s wondering how her ex and the fascinating pilot are involved. When the attempts on their lives begin, Denise and Steve have to join forces to figure out why they’re being targeted.
Steve is terrified of dogs due to an incident in his past, and Denise is suspicious of him because of his involvement with her ex. In spite of this, the attraction between them is growing, but before they can concentrate on each other, they must figure out how to save themselves and Susie, who just might end up saving them instead.
It’s been nearly a year since the handyman died—why the unexpected murder charge against her cousin now? Does it have anything to do with the fact that Sam is married to the dead man’s widow? Or are there other, more devious, circumstances involved?
Jim Scott died when he fell from the tower at the corner of Lara’s family home. While trying to solve this mystery, Lara discovers that the tower holds an even greater secret, one that’s putting her life in danger. She’ll have to uncover the truth about both of the tower’s secrets in order to save Sam—and herself.