About the Author...
Lynn Chandler Willis has worked in the corporate world (hated it!), the television news business (fun job) and the newspaper industry (not a fan of the word “apparently” and phrase “according to”). She's the former owner and publisher of a small town newspaper where she covered everything from murders to the great pumpkin festivals. She keeps coming back to fiction because she likes making stuff up and you just can’t do that in the newspaper or television news business.
She is an award-winning author, a Shamus Award finalist, and the first woman in a decade to win the PWA Best 1st PI Novel competition. Her newspaper experience led to Unholy Covenant, a best-selling True Crime book that has spawned true crime documentaries featured on CBS 48-Hours, the ID Discovery Channel, the Lifetime Network, and coming soon to the Oxygen Network.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime and President of her local chapter, Murder We Write, a member of Mystery Writers of America and a board member of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, and serves as the President of the Piedmont Authors Network, a writers group in central North Carolina she helped found. She lives in a little house on the farm in the heart of North Carolina with her shelter dog, Finn, a happy border collie, and a hand-me-down kitty named Jingles.
About the Books...
A Death Doula Novel
What the Monkey Saw (2022)
News and Reviews...
A stunning portrait of small town crime, reminiscent of S.A. Cosby where the moral lines aren’t so straight and there’s always more more score. With memorable characters, crisp pacing and a twisty plot, you’ll want to know What the Monkey Saw.
James L’Etoile, Award winning author of Black Label, Dead Drop, and the Detective Penley series
As in the best crime fiction, Lynn Chandler Willis’s What the Monkey Saw is about far more than the crimes committed, in this case the hijacking of insulin deliveries in Appalachia. Through the plot of a heist novel, Willis demonstrates how some people respond to the twin pressures of poverty and illness by breaking the law, and she accomplishes this without either glamorizing the crimes or condescending to her characters. Ultimately, What the Monkey Saw stands out as an exploration of death and dying, and how we react to both: the avoidance, the denial of loss, and the acceptance and grief that wash over us like mountain rain, either drowning us or bringing the promise of brighter days just over the next ridge.
Christopher Swann, 2022 Georgia Author of the Year (Detective/Mystery),Author of Never Go Home, A Fire in the Night, and Never Turn Back
This tale, ripe and deep with the Appalachian experience, makes us feel sorry for the bad guys and better understand how some people make ends meet to get by. The struggle of living is real. The crime is ugly in some ways and needed in others. Combine all this with Emily Gayle’s deep-seeded struggle to overcome her trauma and reluctance to use her investigative prowess and you have a solid, multi-layered, intriguing mystery that still warms your heart, even amidst the hardness of Appalachian living.
C. Hope Clark, award-winning author of The Edisto Island Mysteries, The Carolina Slade Mysteries, and The Craven County Mysteries
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