DEATH UNDER A FULL MOON (Wilbarger County Series #2) by Dianne Smithwick-Braden

DEATH UNDER A FULL MOON   (Wilbarger County Series #2)   by    Dianne Smithwick-Braden

by Dianne Smithwick-Braden
Genres: Mystery/Suspense

(Wilbarger County Series #2)


Dianne Smithwick-Braden

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date of Publication: February 4, 2016
# of pages: 268
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This second installment of the Wilbarger County Series joins Sheriff Wade Adams and Lizzie Fletcher as they investigate murder. Wade and Lizzie attend a dinner party near the small community of Rayland, Texas. One week later, one the guests is murdered.  With his only female deputy out on maternity leave, Sheriff Adams makes a quick decision to deputize Lizzie. That decision proves to be good for the department but damaging to their relationship. The Sheriff and his deputies follow every possible lead to no avail.  Lizzie happens to overhear a conversation that gives them the break they need. With little time to spare, Sheriff Adams and his team rush to prevent yet another death.

LSLRExcerptbanner Chapter 4 of Death under a Full Moon

Everyone paused as a low moan was heard from the corner of the room. 

“Okay, who’s pretending to be a ghost?” Dara joked.

“I’m not pretending to be anything. I think I’m in labor,” Maddie said before moaning again.

The party hosts and guests sprang into action. Wade and Lizzie helped Maddie out of her chair and toward the door. Drew hurried outside to start the car with the rest of the men right behind. The women followed Maddie with her belongings and told her repeatedly to breathe.

Drew ran around to the passenger side of the car. He was shaking nervously as he held the door open with one hand and called Doctor Hughes with his cell phone in the other. Wade and Lizzie walked Maddie to the car. When she was safely in, Drew slammed the door and ran to the driver’s side. Tires screeched and dust flew as he stomped on the accelerator.

The remainder of the guests were smiling and laughing when they heard it. A loud scream pierced the stillness of the night. It was the kind of scream that caused a primal response. Chills ran down their spines; the hair on the back of their necks stood on end.

“That’s what I heard earlier,” Paul said to Wade. “I told you.”

“Yes, you did,” Wade replied obviously concerned.

“That’s what I heard out by the barn, too,” Nick added.

“What on earth is that?” Emily asked.

“It can’t be good, whatever it is,” Dara said as she moved closer to Kent.

Wade stood listening for a few minutes. 

“What is it Wade?” Lizzie asked.

“I’m not sure, but I agree with Dara. It can’t be good. I think it’s time for us to leave. I have some phone calls to make. ”

Dianne Smithwick-Braden is a native Texas raised in rural Wilbarger County on the family farm. She is a graduate of Vernon High School and West Texas A & M University. She currently resides in Amarillo, Texas with her husband, Richard. She has been a high school science teacher in Amarillo since August of 1990.  Dianne is an avid reader of fiction but murder mysteries are by far her favorite genre. Death under a Full Moon is her second novel and the second installment of the Wilbarger County Series.


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