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The Feather Tree: A Pittsley County Chronicles Mystery by Joyce Keller Walsh

In The Feather Tree, the ghosts of two murdered girls swirl around Elmer “Goody” Goodson’s remote cabin in Pittsley Woods, seeming to implore the recluse to some action. Are they real? What do they want of him? Is he crazy?

The story begins with the disappearance and murder of young Donna Quint. She is the second ghost in Goody’s garden, the first being that of another young girl killed several years earlier. Because Goody’s ancestry is Cape Verdean and Native American, he has no problem in communing with things both animate and inanimate. But this is different. He’s never seen ghosts before.

Product Details:
Paperback: ‎244 Pages
Publisher: ‎Joyce Keller Walsh (December 15, 2021)
Language: ‎English
Global Library: Mysteries (Ghosts)
Global Library: Mysteries (Ghosts-Family Saga)

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About Joyce Keller Walsh: Full disclosure: That is not a picture of me—however I do occasionally wear sunglasses; I do drive a car (although not a convertible); and I do have a brown and white dog. Close enough.

To date, I’ve had eight books published. All except two (a mainstream novel, and a true crime ‘blog’) are fictional mysteries. I never anticipated becoming a mystery novelist…but there it is. For those who believe mysteries are merely genre-writing, I would modestly point to Hamlet. Think about it.

My work-life has been in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. (Epidemiology always seemed to me to be a sort of mystery investigation.) In that capacity, I wrote and edited articles and books, and was the managing editor of the international journal, Cancer Causes and Control. My education includes a Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s degree from Harvard University—in English and Psychology, respectively. English may not be too mysterious (unless you’re trying to learn it), but psychology…well, pretty much.

I began my writing-life as a playwright and have been fortunate to receive a Grant in Playwriting from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, an Artists Foundation of Massachusetts grant for playwriting, and an American Regional Theatre Award (ARTA) for Best Original Script. I’ve had a number of productions in Boston and New York. I’ve also written film scripts, one of which is presently under option. (But I’ve been through this several times before without success. It’s a life-lesson.)

I’m a member of Sisters-in-Crime and the Mystery Writers of America, the National Writers Union, and Authors Without Borders—of which I’m a co-founder. I’ve presented workshops, webinars, and lectures, and was the host/director/producer for several years of a cable T.V. show, “Authors Without Borders Presents,” interviewing writers of all varieties. See my website (link below) if you are interested in additional information about my books.

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