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Moon Signs - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry Helen Haught Fanick

Moon Signs - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry

Helen Haught Fanick

Published March 22nd 2011
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17 pages
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Andrea Flynn thinks meeting the Europeans who come from the Eastern Seaboard to ski in the Canaan Valley would be an enlightening experience. Her sister Kathleen is much more interested in searching for lost Monets in an old hotel once owned by theirMoreAndrea Flynn thinks meeting the Europeans who come from the Eastern Seaboard to ski in the Canaan Valley would be an enlightening experience. Her sister Kathleen is much more interested in searching for lost Monets in an old hotel once owned by their grandfather. So for different reasons they load their suitcases into Andrea’s car and head for the Potomac Highlands in my 60,000-word cozy, Moon Signs.Andrea is a retired math teacher. She’s logical and practical, and she humors Kathleen by helping look for the Monets, even though she doubts they exist. Kathleen is superstitious and believes in living life by the signs of the moon as taught by Grandma Flynn. When the moon is full, she hopes good fortune will shine on them—in the form of Monets worth millions.Their niece, Maggie, works in the hotel in the evening and gives ski lessons during the day. She’s in love with Stefan, who owns the hotel with his sister Olga. When Olga turns up dead, Andrea can’t resist looking into the mystery with Sheriff Ward Sterling, a widower who might be the answer to a maiden lady’s prayer—but is anyone praying?Then a second murder occurs. Do the murders have anything to do with the long-lost paintings, or is some sort of international intrigue going on among the elusive foreigners they meet? It takes Andrea and the sheriff, and yes, even Kathleen, to solve the mystery. Moon Signs is told by Kathleen, a Watson character.I’m a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in English. My work has appeared in Women’s Household, Midnight Zoo, Vermont Ink, Mouth Full of Bullets, Mysterical-e, and in several anthologies. I’ve won various local and state contests and two national awards in the Writer’s Digest Competition.