Dead of Autumn: An Alexa Williams Novel
Sherry Knowlton, 2014, 2018, Milford House Press
ISBN 9781620064764 $19.95 220 pages, Soft Cover
The Alexa Williams novel that started it all. An ethereal blonde sprawled by a mountain stream Three young girls arranged on a blanket in the woods. Decades separate the discovery of these dead bodies, but the lesson they offer is the same. Evil can lurk much closer than you’d ever imagine.
Alexa Williams is a successful lawyer, volunteers at a women’s clinic, and has a sexy weekend boyfriend. But one autumn day, her giant English Mastiff, Scout, take off into a Pennsylvania forest, and Alexa discovers a nightmare she’d never imagined. That fateful day entangles Alexa in a murder mystery.
Dewilla Noakes, a child of the Depression, just lost her mother. Her father packs up the girls and their attractive older cousin – – and hits the road east. Along the way, money becomes tighter, food scarcer, and relationships strained. Running low on options, Dewilla’s father considers the unthinkable to end the misery he’s brought upon his family. . .
Alexa is soon caught in the midst violence aimed at the clinic where she volunteers. In a bizarre series of events, she’s almost raped, ambushed by religious zealots, then taken by surprise when another romance enters her life.
Unable to shake a sense of connection the mysterious murder victim, Alexa remembers stories she heard as a child about the Babes in the Woods, found dead close to where she discovered the blonde woman’s body. When the murderer strikes again, Alexa must rely on her local knowledge and wits to save her own life.