Ruth Moose

Ruth Moose writes. For forty years she’s written poems, short stories, book reviews and columns and recently completed her first 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 Bed and Breakfast, 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 name 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

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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)