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A Grist Mill Mystery And A Giveaway

The body at wrapps mill by celia h miles

Celia Miles is a native of Appalachia, born in Western North Carolina, and, except for brief stints in Massachusetts and Virginia, plus college in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, has lived here all her life. A long-time English instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, she is retired and living in Asheville. She calls herself “a teacher by trade, a traveler by design, a photographer for fun, and a writer by avocation.”

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I met Celia through the Blind Pig & the Acorn. If you're a longtime reader you may remember her guest post a few years back And the Animals Knelt. It's a must read Christmas story.

Celia's writing background includes lots of different genres-everything from textbooks to Appalachian fiction. I bet you can guess which one I like the best.

I've read most of Celia's fiction books and I've enjoyed them all: 

  • Thyme for Love
  • Thyme Table Mill
  • Mattie’s Girl: An Appalachian Childhood
  • Sarranda
  • Journey to Stenness
  • On a Slant: A Collection of Stories and Islands
  • One and All: Stories and Otherwise

Celia sent me her latest book back before Christmas. I added it to my pile of reading material, but if I had known how good the book was I would have read it immediately.

The Body at Wrapp's Mill A Grist Mill Mystery with Marcy Dehanne is a fantastic book. As soon as you began reading you're pulled into the mind and heart of Marcy Dehanne. And once the mystery begins to unfold you're hooked until the last page-at least I was. 

As I neared the end of the book, I began wishing the story wasn't going to end. I kept thinking I'd like to know what happen to Marcy after the mystery is solved. 

The book did end-but the portion of the title A Grist Mill Mystery with Marcy Dehanne gave me hope it might continue in another mystery book. 

I'm a sucker for mystery series like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series and and Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series. But I believe anyone-mystery fan or not-will enjoy The Body at Wrapp's Mill A Grist Mill Mystery with Marcy Dehanne.  

Can't wait to read the book? Then check out Celia's website to purchase your own copy. And while you're there poke around a little bit. Celia's website has a wealth of interesting information. 


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If you like oldies, I can heartily recommend Melville Davisson Post's "Uncle Abner" mystery stories. Post was a native of West Virginia and a lawyer. He writing was done before 1920 and the time period for most of his Uncle Abner stories is the latter half of the 1800's. They have a deep and authentic rural Appalachian feel and are also thought provoking, tending to linger in memory. Print copies can be found as used books but Amazonhas an ebbok with all the Uncle Abner stories. Unfortunately, there are just not enough of them.

I'm happy to see this post on Celia Miles, an excellent writer and a friend. I might be too late to get in on the drawing, but wanted to vouch for Celia's books. I love old mills also and I'm sure this is a very good book.

Sue-thank you for the comment! I have never heard of that series-but I'm going to check it out : )


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Dale-thank you for the comment! The book is based on fiction : )


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Judy-thank you for the comment! I'm not familiar with the series-but I'm going to check it out : )


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Lola-I don't know-but I hope so!


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Pamela-I haven't read the books-but I'll check them out : )


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Luann I haven't read his books-I'll check them out!


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Hi Tipper, I like mysteries and all things Appalachian. Maybe I will win the book! If not, I'll buy the Kindle edition one day. Love your blog.

This sounds like an excellent read. I still love the old fashioned books, not the electronic versions. I usually am reading a couple of books at a time.

Please add my name to the pot.

Please add my name to the drawing. Thank you!

I am not sure if this contest welcomes people living out of the U.S. but I had to try anyway. I love mysteries! My parents are living in the Ashville area, and after visiting them I fell in love with the Appalachia.

Tipper,Sounds intriguing. I love mysteries!
Are you familiar with Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series? They are a bit different.>

Hi Tipper,
Please put my name in the pot for this book.It sounds like something I would love to read .we have a special love for the mountains and visit western North Carolina every Oct.I especially am fascinated by grist mills and we always have to stop if we come across one.Thanks for telling us about Celia and her books!

I love mysteries and would love to read Celia Miles mystery book "The Body at Wrapp's Mill A Grist Mill Mystery with Marcy Dehanne"! I haven't read any of her books yet, but will check out her website! Please add in my name.

If its as good as the last book I read, I will LOVE it.

There was once a mill on Painter Branch just a little ways up from where the creek empties into the Little Tennessee. The mill race, an Appalachian aqueduct, follows the course of the creek below. There is a wooden bridge that crossed over the stream and under the race. If you stop in the middle of the bridge there is water running above you and water running below you. The old moss covered race is so leaky that big drops of water rain down on you. You look up and try to catch them in your mouth but are more apt to catch one in your eye. The big wheel creaks slowly beside you, filling its buckets from the race above and dumping them into the tailwater below. Water drops try to hang on to the back of wheel for the another ride around but always lose their grip and splash down into their waiting kin below. A sensory feast if ever there was one. I can understand Celia's fascination with old mills.

Thank all of you for being interested in "The Body at Wrapp's Mill:--and especially more thanks than you can count in a cupful of grits to Tipper. I'd love to hear of any old grist mills in western NC or east TN.

Love a good mystery. I am currently reading the latest Grafton edition.

If I am the fortunate selectee, after reading it, I'll donate it to the Marianna Black Library...

...if its half as good as everyone says it cannot be shelved and must be shared!!

Stay warm...only 18 more Mondays 'til Memorial Day Weekend!!!

Always love a good mystery. Please put my name in the pot.
Have you read any of Tony Hillerman's books. He sure could write 'em, we lost him too soon.

Celia"s book sounds like a great read! Thanks for recommending her website, all your readers should check it out.

I would love to read this book! I not familiar with her and need to catch up on all I've missed so far!

Oooh, I love a good mystery on a cold snowy day- well, anyday actually! Put my name in the hat-

If I should win Celia's book, I
would send it to my oldest daughter
first, then the second. Mrs. Miles
probably was at Asheville Tech
when I lived and worked in Skyland
back in the 70's. I like her work.

Oh, please add my name in the pot too! I am so excited to see all these book suggestions!

I love mysteries. I'm hoping to win this book and start reading the others. Wouldn't it be amazing to own and live in an old grist mill? Perhaps a Bed and Breakfast Inn, serving grits, cornbread pancakes, and biscuits, all made from the mills product. I can hear the sound of the water wheel and chickens in the yard.

I enjoy a good mystery also, in fact much of my life has been dealing with real mysteries. Please add me to the drawing.

I would love to read her book. I can't stand to not have a couple books going at all times.
Love your blog

I look forward to reading this book. I especially like historical fiction like Sharyn McCrumbs also. Please put my name in the pot for this book.

She sounds like an interesting author. I will check our local library to see if they have any of her books.

Celia is a great friend and a great writer--with an abiding interest in grist mills!

Is the book based on fact or fiction? Just interested to know if there is some story behind the story.

I had not read fiction in many years until this last year. I picked up two books by an author in Monroe County, TN and really enjoyed them. Probably because of the place names and people's surnames I remembered. He included a lot of places where I hunted as a youth. I enjoy reading about the lives of people in the Western NC and East TN areas.

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