First Line Friday — Muddy Waters

9 Jun

Happy Friday! Today I am featuring another author I met at a literary festival a few months ago. Candace J. Carter is the author of a Western-inspired mystery, Muddy Waters. While I haven’t read this book yet, a friend of mine has and loved it. Give it a look!

Here’s the first line:

Henry Smith paused in the sparse shade of a juniper.

Range detective Henry “Whispering” Smith returns to his North Carolina hometown to be best man at his uncle’s wedding. After years of tracking livestock rustlers in the desolate Colorado Plateau country, Henry still isn’t prepared to face the two things that drove him away—a pig-headed father he doesn’t like and an unfaithful ex-girlfriend he does. 

When a close friend is murdered, Henry’s plan for a brief visit falls apart. Local police suspect cattle theft gone wrong, but it doesn’t add up. When police ignore his suspicions, he’s determined to use his own detective skills to hunt down a killer. Struggling with reconciling his past, can Henry follow a trail that leads too close to his heart?

From growing up in a one-horse town (literally) to working for the National Park Service, Candace J. Carter has walked many paths in life. She’s always shared a love of western movies with her father. Muddy Waters is her first traditional mystery, featuring former range detective Henry “Whispering” Smith. The novel received a Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2020 Indies Today Awards.

She’s now retired, and reconnecting with her inner cowboy.

4 Responses to “First Line Friday — Muddy Waters”

  1. Cindy Davis June 9, 2023 at 7:47 am #

    I hope you end up enjoying it! Have a great weekend!!

  2. Nicole Santana June 9, 2023 at 10:15 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m just starting When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer.
    “For as long as I could remember, my mama had told me that my life was a gift.”
    Have a wonderful weekend! 😀❤️📚

    • rbclibrary June 9, 2023 at 11:09 pm #

      Wonderful book. In This Moment is great too.

  3. Danielle Grandinetti June 10, 2023 at 3:35 pm #

    I’m currently reading the second novella in On Rittenhouse Square by Susanne Dietze. The first line is: “Did you see it Penny? You’re famous.” Have a great weekend!

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