by Eva McCall
Murder on Haint Branch is an 80,000 word mystery novel set in Western North Carolina. Infidelity, moonshining, a crooked lawman, and a self-serving preacher are the building blocks for the novel. From the moment the sheriff tells Eula Sanders that her son, Charlie, has been shot, until the last few pages where we find out why Charlie died, the reader is given a glimpse into the way life really was for the Appalachian People in the early forties. “They said he shot hisself, but you don’t shoot yourself through the heart with a shotgun and lay it back down on the bed by your side. At least that’s what my granny said the day Sheriff Carlson told her that my Uncle Charlie had been found shot dead and lying on his brother’s bed.”
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