NC Literary Hall of Fame



Strange Goings on at Mother Natures by David R. Tanis

Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC
$13.99, paperback / $6.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-937327-87-3
March, 2016
Fiction: Mystery
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"...the emphasis is on unique and shady characters. You feel like you are very familiar with the town of Pine Ridge and the strange denizens who make it come alive and intriguing."
—Joseph L.S. Terrell, author of the Outer Banks Harrison Weaver Mystery Series

"...vivid paced and often hilarious tale of murder and mayhem. Once you start reading it you will not want to put it down or stop laughing."
—Thomas Keith, District Attorney (ret.), Forsyth County, NC

When Patrolman Wayland North finds a homeless man rifling the already empty pockets of a corpse in an alley, luckless local lawyer Hamish O'Halloran is appointed to represent him. The strange saga that follows portrays the squalid underbelly of the idyllic little town of Pine Ridge, North Carolina, as two more corpses are discovered. O'Halloran becomes dangerously involved as Detective Crouse and Frank X. Farrell work with little evidence to connect the murders and uncover the nefarious secrets of Mother Natures, a restaurant/bar cum brothel, whose subliminal connection to the murders is exposed. A satirical parody rife with vignettes of pitiable and pathetic courtroom characters as O'Halloran plies his profession, this highly amusing story, characterized by pathos and bathos, is a delightful follow up to the first Hamish O'Halloran mystery, Just Add Water.

Tanis attended Lehigh University on a basketball grant. After graduating, he entered the US Army, became an officer, qualified as a paratrooper, and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. Tanis retired from the Army as a Captain after being seriously wounded in combat in Viet Nam. After recuperating, he attended graduate school in political science at East Carolina University and law school at Wake Forest University, where he was the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board. Thereafter, he spent over thirty years as a prosecutor, trial attorney, and District Court Judge. He served as president of the County Criminal Trial Lawyers, Chairman of the North Carolina Viet Nam Veterans Leadership Association, coached basketball and baseball, and served on many boards. He lives on North Carolina's Outer Banks with his wife. This is his second book.

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