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Death in Potter's Woods by Betty Jean Craige is a murder mystery novel set in the small town of Witherston amidst the north Georgia mountains. When renowned local murder mystery author Tabby Grammer releases her latest non-fiction book, Paving Gaia, she stands firm against the planned development of retirement homes on the local forest land. This ruffles quite a few feathers. Although inhabitants belonging to the Native American community support her stand, the white beneficiaries of Henry Withers, founder of Witherston, oppose her every move. Complicating matters is an extortion letter written by an anonymous person known as Robin Hood, who swears vengeance if his demands are not met. After Tammy is murdered during a fire, the investigation takes a new turn as events from the mid-19th century have ramifications in the present.
Author Betty Jean Craige takes a unique narrative approach with newspaper clippings, editorials, and letters to the editor serving as primary tools to move the plot forward. Death in Potter's Woods is a page-turner of a murder mystery that incorporates relevant environmental issues plaguing humankind and keeps you hooked with its unexpected twists and turns from start to finish. The plot moves at a blistering pace, with intricately woven threads that converge at the end to create a thoroughly entertaining reading experience. The cast is quite large, but the author provides every character with the necessary agency to keep their arcs compelling and make them an essential part of the story. Anyone who enjoys well-written sleuth stories will find Death in Potter's Woods a blast to read.