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Murder Under A Silver Moon: A 1930s Mona Moon Historical Cozy Mystery Book 4 by Abigail Keam takes place in the Appalachians. The white-haired, yellow-eyed heiress takes on an expedition to find John Swift’s lost silver mine, believed to be hidden somewhere deep in the mountains. Along with her skeptical lover, Lord Farley, and a small team of less than intrepid explorers, Mona ventures beyond civilization and straight into trouble. From the beginning, they are plagued by moonshining mountain men and mysterious thieves, and Mona and Lord Farley quickly begin to suspect that all is not as it seems. They must figure out who they can trust and what is really going on with the expedition if they are to have any hope of making it out of the woods alive.
Murder Under A Silver Moon by Abigail Keam is a fast-paced adventure set in 1930s Kentucky. Keam has clearly done her research and added elements of Appalachian lore and history to the story, such as the Blue Fugates and Mary Breckinridge and the Frontier Nursing Service. She incorporates them seamlessly into the plot so that Mona’s interactions with them feel natural and realistic. Mona Moon is a lovely character, well-rounded and with a good balance of independence and vulnerability. She’s not a superwoman. She has strengths and weaknesses and sometimes needs the help of others and that makes her more relatable. The plot is well-written, with some interesting twists that will keep readers guessing. If you’re looking for a fun little mystery, this book is for you.