An established must-read romance author, Maggie Bishop has crossed into the mystery genre with finesse.
Her latest novel is packed with suspense around a tightly-woven plot which begins with the poisoning of dogs and escalates
to the murder of a local man. Throughout, she deliciously teases the reader with the bristly attraction between the investigating
detective and the woman who found the dead man's body and who just might be a suspect. Set against the beautiful backdrop
of Boone, North Carolina, with engaging characters, red herrings at every turn, and a galvanizing story line, this is a must-have,
must-read. Highly recommended.
--- Christy Tillery French, Midwest Book Review
Review for Carolina Mountain Living by schuyler
kaufman for Murder at Blue Falls
Maggie Bishop's latest romance is also a murder
Bishop has chosen a new kind of setting-a dude ranch in the
western Carolina mountains-and all of her real-life
are in attendance.
Five years before, Jemma Chase had come back to Blue Falls
Ranch, the dude ranch
her parents had set up in the Carolina
mountains. Now, dogs around the Watauga County community are being poisoned.
immediately, we discover an unorthodox side to Bishop's engaging heroine: on the way into the sheriff's office to answer questions
about the case, she thinks,"It's one thing to poison a person - but a dog?"
Standing six feet tall, Jemma intrigues Detective
Tucker when he finds that he can look straight into her eyes. During her interview, Jemma reveals that, years before,
she was arrested in Colorado on a drunk driving charge. Bishop loses no time in providing the conflict between these two well-matched
protagonists: Tucker's pet abomination is drunk drivers.
The dog-poisonings quickly fade to the background, when, during
a ride up a steep trail, leading a passel of guests, Jemma's horse reacts to a peculiar stench. Jemma, not one of those shrinking-violet
heroines, immediately ties her horse and goes into the bushes to investigate.
You guessed it-a body. Now Tucker is a part
of Jemma's daily life, and Jemma finds herself enthusiastically (and somewhat to Tucker's dismay) finding a CSI side to her
make-up. As they combine their assets to investigate, Tucker (whose first name appears to be Detective) and Jemma find that
their styles are not so incompatible after all. In a rip-snorting action scene, the murderer is discovered and bagged, the
remaining dogs in the valley are safe, and Tucker and Jemma join Bishop's endearing circle of interrelated romance protagonists
in Bishop's loosely linked series of Appalachian
Review by Nora Percival of Murder at Blue Falls by Maggie Bishop
Maggie Bishop’s new mystery romance is another delight, in the
same breezy style as the two previous novels which have made her popular with whodunit fans. This time she gives us a dude
ranch in the High Country of North Carolina, where the reader shares the tourists’ fun as well as the escalating dangers
from a situation fraught with peril. As the intrepid heroine fights to prove her innocence by finding the real villain, we
are also treated to her budding romance with the detective who suspects her. Hard to put down, this book will surely expand
the author’s popularity.
– Nora Percival, author of Weather of the Heart
and Silver Pages on the Lawn
"I bought three of your books, Perfect for Framing, Murder at Blue Falls, and
Emeralds in the Snow (my personal favorite). I now intend on
purchasing Appalachian Paradise! I read all three in one week!
couldn't put them down. I have told everyone who will listen about your
books. I think you rival Nicholas
Sparks, whom I previously thought
could not be rivaled. I like to visualize my characters and scenery and
did that for me. I have these characters embedded in my thoughts,
from looks to expressions. Thank you for that.
Sheri Lynn Williams"
"Maggie Bishop's Murder at Blue Falls will send chills down your spine as cold as
the North Carolina Mountains in February." --B. J. Foster, award winning author of Bayou Shadows
"Author Maggie Bishop has written a book the equal of any of the popular fiction nicknamed 'Chick Lit’
that is a staple in bookstands everywhere. ... could easily compete with any of the romance genre found on Best Seller Lists."
– Rapid River Monthly (for Emeralds in the Snow)
"The book is a fun, fast read ... The characters are clearly drawn ... These are the kind of characters who
shape the world around them and readers enjoy that kind of development. ... Readers can look forward to her next one." –
JC Walkup, Smoky Mountain News (for Emeralds in the Snow)
"Gets off to a good start and maintains an exciting tension that manages to carry to the end.... A good part
of Bishop's success is the set-up she's engineered." – Rob Neufeld, Asheville Citizen -Times (for Appalachian Paradise)