Ruth Moose

Ruth Moose writes. For forty years she’s written poems, short stories, book reviews and columns and recently completed her first second novel. Originally from Albemarle, North Carolina, she now lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where she continues to write and teach since her retirement from the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Creative Writing Department in 2010.

With an authentic Southern voice, her characters resonate the humor and tragedy of everyday lives.

Fiction Writer, Poet, Novelist, Teacher

Beth McKenzie’s wealthy first guest
at her B&B, the Dixie Dew, arrives in a
pricey sports car and leaves in a hearse.

Beth has to find the real killer when
the clueless two-man police force in
her small Southern town names her prime suspect in the murder.

“Moose’s delightful first cozy... stars Beth McKenzie, who returns to her hometown of Littleboro, NC, to open the Dixie Dew Bed and Breakfast… Little old ladies in gloves and hats, financial shenanigans, a large rabbit, and the fishbowl life of a small town add to the fun.”

—Publishers Weekly

“As deliciously Southern as pecan pie, Doing It at the Dixie Dew is a dazzling and delightful debut mystery.”

—Carolyn Hart, national bestselling author of Death at the Door

“Ruth Moose's debut novel is a winner. Moose expertly intertwines old secrets, colorful indiscretions and murder into an elegantly written mystery that will delight every cozy fan.”

—Sarah R. Shaber, author of the Professor Simon Shaw mysteries
and editor of Tar Heel Dead

St. Martin's Press/Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

May 2014

Hardcover ISBN: 9781250046383

E-book ISBN: 9781466846555

Winner of the 2013 Minotaur Books/
Malice Domestic Competition for
Best First Traditional Mystery Novel

Recent Publications

  1. -Doing It at the
    Dixie Dew

- Carolina Crimes

  1. -Neighbors and Other Strangers

  2. -The Librarian

Event Schedule

19th Annual Focusing on Form Workshop for Women Writers, Meredith College

June 22-26, 2015

Raleigh, NC

Teaching Poetry Writing

Wildacres Writing Workshop

July 4-11, 2015

Spruce Pine, NC

Teaching Short Story Writing

Recorded Interview

The State of Things

WUNC 91.5 FM

Listen to the
recorded Podcast

Visit Ruth on Facebook


FEATURE: A Day in the Life of Verna Crowell by Ruth Moose

Verna Crowell and her pet rabbit live next door to the newly opened Dixie Dew Bed and Breakfast. She and the rabbit (named Robert Redford, Verna figured the rabbit was as close to the actor as she’d ever get) do more to confuse B&B owner Beth’s search for the killer of the inn’s first guest than help. Maybe because Verna’s often more than a little confused herself, and because the rabbit is, um, a rabbit.

You think living with Robert Redford is easy. Well, it ain’t.”

Read more from Verna at dru’s book musings (posted May 7, 2014)

Wedding Bell Blues
by Ruth Moose

The second novel in the
Dixie Dew Mystery series is scheduled for publication
August 2016 by
St. Martin’s Press.

Beth McKenzie returns
with old friends from the first novel and some new acquaintances
(spoiler: some of them don’t last long) for more murder, mystery, menagerie and marriage (maybe)
in Littleboro, NC.