December 13, 2012
An adolescent murder mystery set in Holly Springs in 1959 is Margaret Delashmit’s first novel, “Thief.”
It is a self-published work.
“It is completely fiction but uses Holly Springs place names,” the author said.
The protagonist is 13-year-old Claire, the only child of Memphis, Tenn., physicians who have taken a medical missionary assignment in Kenya. They send Claire to her grandmother’s house in Holly Springs.
Claire rebells at having to go to the “boring” city of Holly Springs, but she recovers.
“She hears a rumor that a woman has killed a man and buried him in her backyard,” Delashmit said.
It is a rumor that adults have heard for years but have not taken seriously, Delashmit said.
“Claire decides to get to the bottom of it. She’s the sleuth,” Delashmit said. “It’s reminiscent of Nancy Drew mysteries.”
“Thief” can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The book is also available as an e-book on Kindle.
The paperback is self-published through Inspiring Voices, owned by “Guideposts” magazine.
Delashmit said her first novel has been in the works for years, starting out as a short story.
“It kept growing, turned a corner, then became something completely different from what I started with,” she said.
Several book signings are expected in the spring.
Delashmit has a sequel to “Thief” in the works and is also working on a third novel. She hopes to have the illustrated book “Wild Horses” ready by 2013.
She has a doctorate in English and is serving as interim chair of the Division of Humanities at Rust College. She chaired the division from 1999-2006.
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