~Trial by Twelve is the 2015 Grace Award Winner for Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense~
Tess Spencer loves her low-key job at the Crystal Mountain Spa, which allows her plenty of down-time with her one-year old daughter and lawyer husband, Thomas. But when a pool installation turns up eight skeletons in the spa's back yard, Tess becomes entangled in a sleuthing job destined to go awry.
As the investigation gets underway, someone dumps a fresh body near the excavated burial site, confirming unspeakable fears. A serial killer has returned to Buckneck, West Virginia...a skilled hunter with a unique taste in prey.
When Tess agrees to help the cunning Detective Tucker gather clues from the inside, she discovers the posh spa hides more than dead bodies. Even as she sifts through layers of deceit, Tess realizes too late that the killer's sights have zeroed in on her.
Unpredictable psychological mystery replete with memorable characters, Trial by Twelve is Book Two in A Murder in the Mountains series.
This novel is written from a Christian worldview.
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In the world of books and movies, sequels are often disappointments, because they do not live up to their predecessors. Not so, in the case of Heather Day Gilbert’s “Trial by Twelve.” The suspenseful mystery kept me on the edge of my seat, until the end of the book. Heather Day Gilbert uses both letters and first-person narrative to tell the intriguing story, and does a masterful job of bringing the two together to solve the mystery. A spa worker by day, Tess Spencer finds herself acting as an amateur detective, as well. It is a good thing that she finds satisfaction in doing her part to achieve justice; trouble seems to find her, anyway. What would draw a serial killer to a small, quiet community like Buckneck? What is the common denominator of the victims? I’m not telling! But if you like good mysteries with likeable and authentic characters, you will enjoy this book! This and “Miranda Warning” have spoiled me for other books, so it is a good thing that there is a third installment, “Guilt by Association!”