NC Literary Hall of Fame



Appalachian Trails: A Smoky Mountain Mystery by Ruth McCoy

Smoky Mountain Mysteries
$9.95, paperback / $4.95, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-578-93085-5
July, 2021
Fiction: Mystery / Thriller
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Daisy McLaren is a small town reporter with big dreams. She shares her garage apartment with a calico cat she rescued, appropriately named Rescue.

Someone wants her dead, and she doesn't know why.

When reporter Daisy McLaren is drawn to the site of a small plane crash, she discovers it’s near a remote mountain road where her mother died years ago.

What she thought was a simple crash turns sinister when she sees a man running away from the site. Her gut feeling is that the plane carried drugs to her small town. Not even her ex can convince her to step aside while the authorities investigate.

As an FBI agent takes over the investigation, events spiral out of control. Bodies pile up as she struggles to uncover the truth.

Researching an article about the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and a Cherokee princess, she suspects that an historic treasure could be hidden nearby. Could someone be trying to stop her from finding it?

With each passing day, the deaths are getting closer to home.

How many more people will die before Daisy solves the mysteries?

Ruth McCoy drew the inspiration for this thrilling mystery from her home in the mountains surrounding the small community of Franklin, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in English and Basketball.

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