People’s Choice Awards – Fiction
The Jezebel Remedy
Lisa and Joe Stone, married for twenty years and partners in their small law firm in Henry County, Virginia, handle less-than-glamorous cases, including never-ending complaints from cantankerous client Lettie VanSandt. When Lettie dies in a freakish fire, details soon emerge that lead them to question how “accidental” her demise actually was, and settling her peculiar estate becomes endlessly complicated.
The Good, The Bad and the Emus
Life will never be the same for Meg Langslow after family secrets are revealed. Meg’s long-lost paternal grandfather, Dr. Blake, has hired Stanley Denton to find her grandmother Cordelia. Grandmother Cordelia was assumed to be murdered and Meg agrees to help Stanley the truth. Grandfather even has perfect cover–he will come to stage a rescue of the feral emus and ostriches (escaped from an abandoned farm) that infest this town. He dashes off to organize the rescue—which will, of course, involve most of Meg’s family and friends in Caerphilly.
King and Maxwell
It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions.
Come August, Come Freedom
In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia, a slave named Gabriel, plotted a rebellion involving thousands of African- American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabriel’s blacksmith trade. Interwoven with original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in history.
The Sixth Man
Edgar Roy–an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy’s attorney, to help work the case. Their investigation is derailed before it begins.
In the Company of Others
Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already-injured ankle. Then painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia’s pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.
Half Broke Horses
By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town—riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children. Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds—against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold.
The Legal Limit
Gates Hunt chose to fight his abusive father head-on. His younger brother, Mason, escaped and earning a free ride to college and law school. While Gates became an felon, Mason met and married the love of his life, had a spitfire daughter, and returned to his rural hometown as an attorney. Mason’s life unravels when Gates, attempts to force his cooperation to spring from jail by exposing a secret that threatens Mason’s closest friend and staunch ally. Mason ultimately finds himself facing complete ruin and desperately defending everything and everyone he holds dear.
Puss ‘n Cahoots
Rita Mae Brown
Instead of a proper second honeymoon, Harry and Fair Haristeen leave cozy Crozet, Virginia, for Shelbyville, Kentucky, site of the famous saddlebred horse show. But soon after they arrive, events veer mysteriously–and murderously–off course. First, a ruby and sapphire horsehead heirloom pin is stolen from her private box at the fairgrounds. Then, a prize mare disappears into thin air. There is no lack of suspects, from hotheaded trainers and jealous rivals to vicious ex-spouses.
Big Stone Gap
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state.
A modern-day retelling of the Canterbury Tales, following a group of unlikely friends on the Dale Earnhardt Memorial Pilgrimage.
A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killing styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. A King and Maxwell book.
The Known World
Edward P. Jones
A story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. When death takes him unexpectedly, his widow can’t uphold the estate’s order, and chaos ensues.