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.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on June 4 for the chance to win a copy of Killerground. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your SPAM folder.

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.

34 responses to “A Day in the Life of Rhetta McCarter by Sharon Woods Hopkins

  1. Barbara Kolasky

    I enjoy anything Native American especially if I can learn more about their culture.

  2. Lin Casteel-Butler

    Looks interesting to read!

  3. Sounds interesting, thanks for the chance to win it 🙂

  4. This book sounds exciting! Thank you for the giveaway.
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  5. Debbie Carnes

    I love books that have a Native American story in it. This sounds really interesting and exciting

  6. Oh I just found a new series I need to look into. Thank you for the chance!

  7. I had not heard of this series but it looks so interesting! Thanks for the opportunity!
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  8. Sounds really intriguing! I hope I win!

  9. mary robinson

    Another new author and series. I would love to win this one. Thank you.

  10. Oh, Rhetta, what are you up against this time?!

  11. this sounds interesting. thanks.

  12. This looks fascinating! Thanks for the opportunity.
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  13. Watch out for strange neighbors!

  14. Thanks you all for your interest. Rhetta is up to Cami’s fenders in deception, snakes, and murder. 🙂

  15. This novel sounds captivating and intriguing. thanks.

  16. Sounds like a terrific read. I can’t wait to check it out.

  17. The book sounds great. Congratulations on its release! And thanks, Dru Ann, for spotlighting another new-to-me author!

  18. Grace Topping

    Hi, Sharon — I remember meeting you and Bill at Malice a few years ago. Congratulations on the publications of your books. Wishing you and Bill continuing success.

  19. Karen Terry

    I love a great murder mystery.

  20. Janet Robert

    Love reading your books! The local flavor adds to the interest. You and Bill amaze me…..

  21. Sounds like my type of book,

  22. A new-to-me author/series….
    Will need to start this series!!
    Thank you for the giveaway……

  23. Loved the first 3 and know I’ll enjoy Killerground. Even though I’m a ford Mustang gal!, I still enjoy reading about women who appreciate muscle cars and one that writes about them! 🙂

  24. Lisa Garrett

    This is a new series for me. Thank you!

  25. I loved the others, and really like the use of a Tontine trust–you don’t hear about those very much–very unique

  26. Its wonderful reading all the comments. I hope you all enjoy Rhetta.

  27. i like cozies so killer in the title kind of throws me off, but reading further i was interested in finding out what a Tontine trust was and maybe more about that Native American museum. So, count me in.

  28. Guard snakes? Now that makes this book interesting. Thanks for the contest.
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  29. Can’t wait to read. Love all aspects of the story. Guard snakes seem like a logical choice… It would make most people stay away. Thanks for a chance to win
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  30. I leave near the Cherokee reservation and many friends live near by..Beautiful country and love any stories told..Can’t wait to read..

  31. Thanks Sharon for commenting.

    Contest is closed.