The Laurel Highlands seem idyllic, but for Trooper First Class Jim Duncan and Fayette County assistant public defender Sally Castle, it’s anything but paradise.
Root of All Evil
About the book:
Rumors of a meth operation in rustic Fayette County catch the attention of Pennsylvania State Trooper Jim Duncan. When he learns that Aaron Trafford, a man who recently dodged a drug conviction, has returned to the county, the conclusion seems obvious. Trafford has set up a new operation.
Meanwhile, assistant public defender Sally Castle’s colleague, Colin Rafferty, has become uncharacteristically nervous and secretive. Her suspicion that he’s hiding something serious is confirmed when she learns of a threatening visitor and discovers a note on his desk stating, “You’d better fix this”
Colin’s subsequent murder is the first frayed thread in a complex web of deceit. Jim fears Sally’s stubborn determination to get justice for her friend will put her in a killer’s crosshairs, but Sally won’t rest until she finds answers–even if it costs her everything.
What people are saying…
“With a compelling plot, engaging concept and characters worth cheering for, Root of All Evil will keep you rooted to your seat.” – Kathy Valenti, Agatha-nominated author of Protocol, a Maggie O’Malley mystery
“Big city crime encroaches on the lush backdrop of Pennsylvania’s rustic Laurel Highlands in this tense and gritty debut. Liz Milliron has crafted a tightly written, heart-pounding tale of suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one until its explosive conclusion.” – Annette Dashofy, USA Today bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series
“Lawyers, guns, and money; Root of All Evil is a true page-turner.” – Bruce Robert Coffin bestselling author of the Detective Byron Mysteries
“Fast-paced, authentic and compelling — this tightly written procedural is action-packed and full of heart. Milliron definitely knows her stuff — what a wonderful new voice in crime fiction!” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally best selling author of Trust Me
“Root of All Evil is a gripping read! Sally Castle and Jim Duncan are complex characters with genuine depth, and the pacing is impeccable. Tensions on multiple levels will keep you turning the pages of this riveting police procedural.” – Cynthia Kuhn, author of the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries
“This police procedural is traditional without getting too cozy, factual without overloading the technical details, and filled with the perfect blend of heart and harm.” – Kristopher Zgorski, Bolo Books (2018 Raven award winner)
“This is one of those books that are slow and deliberate, that you savor every minute you spend with this intriguing tale of two play-by-play scenarios that builds until that moment the connection is made and then you enjoy the fruit of the writer’s plan as this story takes shape.” – Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings (2017 Raven award winner)
Also available through your local independent bookstore (through Ingram Distributors) or from Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA (call 1- 855-235-1728 or 412-828-4877).
Murder Most Scenic: The Laurel Highlands Mysteries short story collection
Welcome to Fayette County, PA–known affectionately to some locals as “Fayette-nam.” It’s a place that boasts breathtaking scenery – and heartbreaking crime. In this collection of stories, a young divorcee, a politician’s wife, a local baseball star, the head of the local 4-H, and an up-and-coming brewmaster have one thing in common. They’re all dead, murdered by person, or persons, unknown.
It’s up to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper First Class Jim Duncan to investigate each crime to find the guilty party. Just a divorced guy with a dog, he’s aided by Fayette County assistant public defender Sally Castle. A woman with her own code whose interest in Duncan may rise above the level of purely professional.
Murder Most Scenic brings together all of the stories listed below, some previously published at Mysterical-3 and Lucky Charms: 12 Tales of Crime Fiction. Murder Most Scenic is available in all ebook formats and in print. The individual stories (with the exception of “Batter Down”) are available as digital singles in all formats.
An Idyllic Place for Murder
Death & Politics
Dead of Summer
A Brew to Die For