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Murder at Blue Falls, FREE chapter of novel by Maggie Bishop, presents fun, fiction, facts

Murder at Blue Falls by Maggie Bishop

Imagine yourself as a Crime Scene Investigator wannabe.
First, someone poisons the dogs in your valley.
Next, fire destroys a trailer owned by summer people.
Then, you hear about the mail being stolen.
To top it all, your horse rears up while on a trail ride, leading you to a body.
What would you do? 

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Audio narrated by Norma Guerra-Steuber

Maggie Bishop is the author of a mystery series, Appalachian Adventure Mysteries, and two romance novels set in the Mountains of North Carolina in the Boone area. "I started with romance and have turned to murder."

One Shot Too Many (2011 mystery) features Detective Tucker with yesterday's regret haunts, leading to today's deadly fix.

In Perfect for Framing, trouble's a-brewing in the Property Owners Association where greed and a lust for power lead to murder in a clash of personal versus public needs. Returning for a second suspense-filled mystery, Jemma Chase and Detective Tucker find themselves embroiled in a Property Owners Association power struggle. When a break-in escalates to murder, Tucker finds suspects aplenty from POA president Petula Windsor’s files, leading him to suspect the victim of blackmail. Tucker tries to keep Jemma’s interest at bay, but when the president’s husband is found dead and Tucker’s life is jeopardized, Jemma won’t be stopped until she finds the murderer.

“Fun, fast paced read with lots of local flavor … will keep you quickly turning pages” Our State Magazine

ISBN:  9781932158847 $12 Perfect for Framing (An Appalachian Adventure Mystery) paperback on Amazon,  Available on Kindle $7.99

>Murder at Blue Falls Ride the trails…Arson and murder disturb the Appalachian peace of the Triplett Valley’s Blue Falls Dude Ranch. Jemma Chase, daughter of the ranch owners and trail-ride leader, becomes involved when her horse finds a body.  Being an amateur SCI is fun until her meddling puts her life in danger.  Detective Tucker’s suspicions disturb and annoy Jemma, but in the end he becomes the answer to her prayers.

“Must have, must read” -- Christy T French, Midwest Book Review

ISBN:9781932158755  Amazon paperback $12 Murder at Blue Falls: The horse found the body.

Murder at Blue Falls, the Horse Found the Body (Appalachian Adventure Mysteries) Kindle $7.99

involves skiing at Sugar Mountain, an emerald mine, and a cold case murder.  Downhill ski … Emerald Graham and Lucky Tucker are an unlikely pair. She, accustomed to a life of privilege in which everything’s a bit of a game, including her teaching career. He, who has not let his life of struggle keep him from giving to his family, his community and the skiers he rescues on Sugar Mountain. Yet they seem to be finding an uneasy bliss when a treasure hunt and an old murder mystery threatened all they value.  “Fun, fast read … characters who shape the world around them and readers enjoy … look forward to her next one.” JC Walkup, Smoky Mountain News

ISBN:  1932158561  $12 Amazon paperback 
Emeralds in the Snow
On Kindle $7.99 Emeralds in the Snow (Appalachian Adventure)

Award winning Appalachian Paradise Backpack and hike …Athletic career woman meets good-ole-boy for a five-day backpacking trek in the rugged North Carolina mountains. Appalachian born West triggers Suzanne’s resentment and her desire amongst boars, bears and Girl Scouts. Suzanne’s burdens lighten as Wes’ easy charm helps her see the hope and allure of spring flowers, love and forgiveness.  “Gets off to a good start and maintains an exciting tension…A good part of Bishop’s success is the set-up she’s engineered.”  Rob Neufeld, Asheville Citizen-Times

ISBN:  0971304564 $9.95  Amazon paperback  Appalachian Paradise (Appalachian Adventure)
Kindle $7.99 Appalachian Paradise
Also available in other e-book formats.

Maggie's fun book,  Meow Means Me! Now! is a rhyming feline allegory with poetry and photos. This gift book is a departure from her novels but sprang from her love of cats . Think Dr. Suess meets Marley & Me.

ISBN 1595130039 $ 8 Amazon Meow Means Me! Now!
and Kindle $5.99 Meow Means Me! Now!

ISBN  1932158758  $12

Jemma Chase knows exactly what to do. She's watched all the CSI shows and now is her chance to put into practice her investigative skills.

Link to Jemma's page

Blue Falls murder:one arrested

Watauga County Detective Tucker said he already knows why a 29-year-old resident was murdered sometime in the dark hours of Tuesday morning but an ever-evolving investigation has persuaded him to keep it quiet for now.


“I know what happened. I know exactly what happened,” Tucker said Wednesday afternoon. "We aren’t releasing the motive, but we know why this happened.”

He said a confession from the suspect implicated in the murder of Samuel Frank Bowman contained information about the crime scene that has not been released to the media.

Because the investigation is still ongoing, Tucker wouldn’t reveal details.


Court documents quoted associates of Bowman as saying he’d planned an out of state trip.


Tucker said an autopsy should show whether Bowman was alive when he was pushed over a cliff. The murder investigation began just before three Tuesday afternoon when the report of a body found on Blue Falls Ranch. The cause and time of death remain undetermined until the report from a state medical examiner is released, most likely within the next week.They also got a search warrant for Bowman home.


A search of Bowman’s home turned up a number of clear plastic bags with a white powder inside. They also found a message on a dry-erase board reading “Mexico -- 10,000.”

Most of their leads began to materialize, Tucker said, when detectives began delving into Bowman's network of acquaintances and friends.

 “We just started doing interviews and connecting one thing to another, and that led to the individuals,” he said. “It came together quicker than we thought it would.”

The investigation has moved quickly, with less than four days between the estimated time of the murder and the arrest. The suspect was arraigned on first-degree murder charges in a hearing.

Perfect for Framing, the sequel to Murder at Blue Falls, is available.

This novel is set in and around Boone, North Carolina, home of Appalachian State University.