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A Day in the Life of Rhetta McCarter by Sharon Woods Hopkins

KillergroundThe morning I woke up and told my husband, Randolph, that I was quitting the bank and going to work at my new Caring Edge Foundation, I never dreamed that I would be involved with a cult-like group, its charismatic leader—Avery Fielding—and more dead bodies.

My name is Rhetta McCarter, former banker and insurance agent. Last year I inherited a whole lot of money from a Tontine Trust that my father established after the Vietnam War. I hope to do some good with it, so one of the first projects I tackled was helping a local Native American tribe build a museum. I looked forward to working with Chief Edward Silver Fox, whose land borders the Righteous Rewards Retreat—a mysterious group led by Avery Fielding who sees auras and believes in ley lines. Then I witnessed a murder and found human remains on the Righteous Rewards compound—right where Avery Fielding is building a new lake for his Retreat.

Top that off with guard snakes, explosions and too many threats to count, and I am almost ready to agree with Randolph that I may be the next target for death. I’m not backing off, though, until I prove who is digging up an ancient Native American burial ground and killing off anyone who threatens to stop the Retreat from building their lake.


You can read more about Rhetta in Killerground, the fourth book in the “Rhetta McCarter” mystery series, published by Deadly Writes Publishing, LLC. The first three books in the series are Killerwatt, Killerfind, and Killertrust.

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Meet the author
Sharon Woods Hopkins’ mystery series featuring mortgage banker Rhetta McCarter and her ’79 Camaro hits close to home. Sharon lives in Southeast Missouri with her author husband, Bill Hopkins.

She is a former branch manager for a mortgage office of a Missouri bank. She also owns the original Cami, a restored ’79 Camaro like Rhetta’s. Sharon’s hobbies include painting, fishing, photography, flower gardening, and restoring muscle cars with her son, Jeff.

She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Guppies, Thriller Writers of America, the Southeast Missouri Writers’ Guild, Heartland Writers, and the Missouri Writers’ Guild. Sharon also spent 30 years as an Appaloosa Horse Club judge, where she was privileged to judge all over the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Her first Rhetta mystery, Killerwatt was nominated for a 2011 Lovey award for Best First Novel and placed as a finalist in the 2012 Indie Excellence Awards. Her second book, Killerfind, was a finalist in the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards, and won first place in the Missouri Writers’ Guild Show-me Best Book Awards in 2013. Her fourth book in the series, Killerground is now available. A short story, “Rearview Mirror” appeared in the 2014 anthology, Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman published by Mo/Zark Press.

Visit Sharon at her website and follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.