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The Sands of Gower: The First Penny Weaver Mystery by Judy Hogan

Hoganvillaea Books
$15.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-515192063
December, 2015
Fiction: Mystery
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Penny begins a new and lively stage of life, her children raised, with a powerful erotic attraction, and the freedom to cross lines that usually hold people apart.

The Sands of Gower is set in a Bed and Breakfast on the Gower peninsula near Swansea, Wales. Penny Weaver, luxuriating in her two-month vacation, is disturbed by the murder of a German guest. In the process of solving the crime, Penny and Detective Inspector Kenneth Morgan are powerfully attracted. This, plus the British post-World War II continuing distrust of the Germans, complicates their investigation.

Judy Hogan has lived in North Carolina and in the Triangle area for forty-four years. She brought to the state a new poetry journal (Hyperion, 1970-81) and in 1976 she founded Carolina Wren Press. She has been active in the area since the early 70s as a reviewer, book distributor, publisher, teacher, writing consultant, and organizer of conferences, readings, and book signing events. In 1984 she helped found and was the first President of the North Carolina Writers' Network, serving until 1987.

Her first mystery novel Killer Frost was published in 2012 by Mainly Murder Press in Connecticut. She has published six volumes of poetry with small presses, and two prose works, Watering the Roots in a Democracy (1989) and The PMZ Poor Woman’s Cookbook (2000). Her second mystery, Farm Fresh and Fatal, was published in 2014, also from Mainly Murder Press. A translation of her volume of poetry, Beaver Soul, was published by the Kostroma Writers’ Organization in 1997. The original English edition of Beaver Soul was published in 2013 from Finishing Line Press in Kentucky.

Her papers, correspondence, and twenty-five years of extensive diaries are in the Special Collections Department of the Perkins Library at Duke University. She lives and farms in Moncure, NC, near Jordan Lake.

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