Smith Mountain Lake Mystery Writer

Contemplations from a quiet cove on Smith Mountain Lake.

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I'm a Southern gal who loves life, my husband and our family (which, to date, includes 13 grandchildren). I enjoy being with friends and family. But I also like being alone and thinking up plots for future books. I've published two novels, both mysteries, and I'm working on my third. For more about my books, visit me at If you ever hear me say, "I'm bored," please get me to the ER immediately! Paddling my kayak and snapping pictures of the critters I see relaxes me. Beach music has the opposite effect--when I hear those old "doo-wops" I want to dance.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


I'd waited months for this book to come, could hardly wait to read it. When it finally appeared in my mailbox I wanted to start reading immediately, but hubby and I were on the way to the dermatologist, and I can't read while riding in a car. I started the book in the doctor's waiting room. I was hooked after the second page.

Imagine being a socialite grandmother living in New York City, attending concerts, plays, dining with friends, living the life most people can only imagine. And then you get the phone call saying your daughter has been in an automobile accident and may not survive. When the call comes, Mad Max Davies drops everything and flies to Richmond, Virginia, to see her daughter Merry and take care of her two grandchildren, Emilie and Alex, until her son-in-law Whip returns from a business trip.

Merry survives, but her values change; no longer is she interested in being a mother or a wife. Instead, she turns to a plastic surgeon to repair her once-beautiful face that was disfigured in the accident. The suspense quickens to where you don't want to stop reading or answer the phone or fix dinner or go to bed.

This is Betsy Ashton's first novel; it won't be her last. Once you've read Mad Max: Unintended Consequences, you'll want to read every book Betsy Ashton writes. I know I will.

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