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Murder mystery novel on bourbon train

Ask anyone what Kentucky is known for, and undoubtedly, bourbon will make the list. Indeed, tourists often plan their visits around traveling the Bourbon Trail to sample the different varieties distillers have to offer. Simpsonville author Scarlett Dunn set her new cozy mystery right in the middle of bourbon country, where murder, secrets and money are mixing a deadly cocktail. 

Murder on the Bluegrass Bourbon Train, (Lone Dove Publishing, $12.99), will have readers hooked from the first sentence where the action begins with a heated break-up and a cold body just as well-loved Honey Howell comes home to Bardstown after a stint in California. Honey is set to take over the family bourbon business from her grandfather, Woodrow, if she can curtail her amateur crime-solving activities. As she and her quirky assistant, Georgia, plan to market the distillery to tourists, Honey and her talented bloodhound, Elvis, stir up more than just a good batch of bourbon.

Enter into the recipe a host of eligible bachelors, all interested in catching Honey’s eye. Because of her connection to the murder victim, long-tall-Texan detective Sam Gentry doesn’t know whether to pursue her arrest or her heart. Local contractor Chance McComb also has designs on building a relationship with Honey as he builds onto the distillery. The two compete for her attention and a seat at her dinner table where she tests out new bourbon-based dishes for her marketing plans.

When a second dead body turns up in the most inopportune place, Honey must question everything…and everyone. Will small-town old money get in the way of stopping the killer before Sam and Elvis’ highly skilled nose can sniff out the answers? Or will secrets, and true personalities, finally be revealed?

Dunn, who also authored historical inspirational romances, enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family at their home in Simpsonville. Like her heroine, Honey, she is an avid bourbon ball maker. Murder on the Bluegrass Bourbon Train is her first cozy mystery. Connect with her at

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