BRYAN E ROBINSON is author of 35 nonfiction books, including The Smart Guide to Managing Stress (2012) and Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat them, 3rd Edition (New York University Press, 2014). His books have been translated into thirteen languages, and he has written for over one-hundred professional and popular magazines. He has won two awards for writing and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, and World News Tonight, CBS’s The Early Show, NBC’s Nightly News, CNBC’s The Big Idea, and he hosted the PBS documentary, Overdoing It: When Work Rules Your Life. He is professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Asheville, North Carolina. He resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his life partner, five dogs, and occasional bears at night. Limestone Gumption (Gale/Five Star Publishing), a nail-biting Southern murder mystery is Bryan Robinson’s debut novel. For more information visit him at his website: www.bryanrobinsonnovels.com
When Brad Pope returns to his boyhood hometown to settle a debt with his long-lost father, the 35-year-old psychologist becomes a prime suspect in the murder of football legend turned cave diver, Big Jake Nunn. Perched high on the east bank of the Suwannee River, the sleepy town of Whitecross, Florida, is known for its natural crystal-clear springs and underwater caverns. Locals are online and computer savvy, but if asked about blackberries, they think cobbler, not wireless. And townsfolk die of natural causes, not murder. Until now. As if being accused of murder isn’t shock enough, the psychologist’s hopes of confronting his father and reconnecting with his cantankerous Grandma Gigi are hindered by the surprised horror surrounding his father’s whereabouts and sinister secrets of the Women’s Preservation Club (WPC).
The six quirky “sisterfriends” in the club founded by Grandma Gigi—whom Brad expects to jabber about preparing Sunday’s church bulletin or the next bake sale—start to look more like cold-bloodied killers than church ladies. As Brad learns of more dead bodies and that each sisterfriend has reason to kill Big Jake, his suspicions sour into the clabbered taste of fear. What had the WPC planted in their welcome garden on the outskirts of Whitecross? Camellias or corpses? With its blend of humor, dark plot, and quirky characters, Limestone Gumption witnesses beauty and brutality in a small Southern town. This offbeat mystery teases to the surface one suspicion, one misunderstanding, and one murder at a time. The fast pace and twists and turns are as frequent and fast as the Suwannee River itself, and they will keep you on the edge of your seat or make you fall out of it laughing.