Ruth Moose
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Ruth Moose writes. For forty years she’s written poems, short stories, novels, book reviews and columns. 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

Winner of the 2013 Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel, a delightful Southern cozy from an award-winning author.


    Beth McKenzie's attempt to turn an old Southern mansion into a Bed and Breakfast called The Dixie Dew is thwarted when her first guest is found dead in bed. Murdered, it turns out. Three days later a young priest who looks better in tennis whites than cleric black, is found strangled in his chapel. The whole town of Littleboro is abuzz, and Ossie Delgardo, the town cop whose job heretofore mainly involved  controlling football traffic on Friday nights, is not cut out to solve the murders.

Hardcover & Electronic

to be released May 6, 2014

available for pre-order from

Published by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books/Macmillan

Dixie Dew Reviews

“Moose’s delightful first cozy, winner of the Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel, stars Beth McKenzie, who returns to her hometown of Littleboro, N.C., 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

“Quirky characters, the beginnings of a romance, and the southern setting add to a story that will appeal to fans of Mary Daheim’s Bed-and-Breakfast mysteries and Sarah Graves’ Home Repair Is Homicide series.”


“Welcome to the Dixie Dew where the mysterious Miss Lavinia Lovingood meets her unfortunate end in a small Southern town peopled with zany–and I might add, suspicious–characters. I felt right at home there, although I did look over my shoulder during the whole delightful visit. A cuddle-up-by-the-fire kind of book. Put on the kettle!”

—Mignon F. Ballard, author of Miss Dimple Picks A Peck Of Trouble

“I loved it!  So much fun to read--Ruth Moose has fashioned a fast-paced romp through small town society... mayhem and maybe even murder lurk behind those frilly lace curtains at the Dixie Dew B&B. This entertaining novel is just as rich and delicious as innkeeper Beth McKenzie's lemon crème cake.”

—Lee Smith, The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls

"Ruth Moose never lets action hesitate in this novel of mystery, manners, food, and more. It will hold you until way past lights out—you just might read until breakfast."

—Clyde Edgerton, bestselling author of The Floatplane Notebooks

“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

Bad News at the B&B  —BookPage (online review)