Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.

My Thoughts:

I loved Heather’s Viking Saga and have been eyeing this mystery novel of Heather’s for some time now. Written in first person POV, this book kept me in suspense from the first chapter. Heather writes with such detail that I really felt like I was right there in the story.

Tess is quite the formidable heroine, while she has fears, she quickly rises above them and isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done. She has a strong sense of loyalty and wishes to see that justice is upheld. I couldn’t help but appreciate her fortitude in the face of uncertain disaster, and her strong support of her aging friend Miranda.

My favorite stories are heart-warming, sweet, feel-good romance. If that is the kind of story you enjoy and are looking for; then this may not be the story for you. Please don’t get me wrong, the writing is first-rate, top notch. The characters are vivid and dynamic, rich with their own unique personality. The plot line is phenomenal.

If you are searching for a story where the subject matter is intense and full of drama and intrigue. If you enjoy spine-tingling mystery and are searching for a story that will keep you up late into the night, and keep you guessing until the end, then my friend look no further.

(I purchased the kindle version of this book. I was not required to write a review. my thoughts and options are my own.)


Click here for a sneak peek at the first chapter.

Favorite Quote:

“We all get in over our heads at some point or another.
God never lets you down, even if it feels like it.”

About the Author:

HeatherDayGilbertHEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather writes Viking historicals and Appalachian mystery/suspense. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.” Find out more on

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  Miranda Warning (A Murder in the Mountains #1)

  Trial by Twelve (A Murder in the Mountains #2)

26001114 Guilt by Association (A Murder in the Mountains #3)Expected pub. Dec. 2017



5 thoughts on “Miranda Warning (A Murder in the Mountains #1) by Heather Day Gilbert

  1. Got this on my kindle also. Looks intriguing. I love the covers. I like to mix up historical books with suspense. This series sounds great!

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