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Local novelist Vicki Lane will be the guest speaker at the annual Bell Library Luncheon at noon Saturday, June 10 in Gaither Fellowship Hall in Montreat.

Lane is the author of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries series which includes the novels “Signs in the Blood,” “Art’s Blood,” “Old Wounds,” “In a Dark Season,” “Under the Skin” and the spinoff “The Day of Small Things.”

Lane and her husband moved in 1975 from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina where they have immersed themselves in rural farming life. The settings and characters of her novels reflect the customs, lore, and legends of the Appalachians. Currently she is writing a historical novel about a massacre that occurred in Madison County during the Civil War.

“The Elizabeth Goodweather series is inspired by the beautiful rural mountain county in which I live (and their) present and past,” the author said. “We have lived here on our farm in North Carolina since 1975, and I wanted to tell some of the wonderful stories I’ve heard, as well as to record a way of life that is fast disappearing. What began as a lark has turned into something very real to me as I watch Elizabeth and those around her take on lives of their own.”

Lane’s first novel, “Signs in the Blood” (2005), introduces Elizabeth Goodweather, who lives in the Great Smoky mountains on Full Circle Farm amidst idyllic fields of herbs and flowers. The puzzling death of a neighbor’s son shatters the peace and sends her on a life-changing quest into hidden coves and hollows of the Appalachians.

In “Art’s Blood” (2006), Goodweather is a young widow who moves easily between the artist’s world in Asheville and an old-timer’s environment in the rural community where she lives. But when a young performance artist is murdered, she learns the intriguing history of a piece of folk art and is caught in the middle of a dangerous mystery.

“Old Wounds” (2007) depicts the unsolved mystery of Halloween night in 1986 when Maythorn Mullins disappeared from her home near Goodweather’s farm. Now, 20 years later, Rosemary Goodweather wants to find out the truth about her lost childhood friend.

Lane’s fourth novel, “In a Dark Season” (2008), was an Anthony Award finalist and a Romantic Times Best Mystery and Suspense Novels of 2008 Pick. Goodweather is drawn into a web of long-kept family secrets in this tale of brooding madness, betrayal and mountain magic in a by-gone time.

“Under the Skin” (2011) is the story of two very different sisters who turn to each other at a crossroads in their lives. In “The Day of Small Things” (2010), the author renders a lyrical, evocative and haunting portrait of life in the Appalachians, both past and present.

The Friends of the L. Nelson Bell Library invite the public to attend the luncheon, held in Gaither Fellowship Hall. Reservations are required, and the cost is $16 per person. For more or to make a reservation, call the library at 669-8012 ext. 3504 or 3502.

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