Travelling from the mountains of North Carolina, Wendy Dingwall returns to her Florida roots to launch her second novel, Celtic Curse: An Yvonne Suarez Travel Mystery.
The public is invited to a signing event Sunday, May 19th from 2:00-4:00PM hosted by the Muse Bookshop. Dingwall will discuss her research of Celtic legends and lore, read an excerpt followed by a Question and Answer session and sign books.
Library Journal said of Dingwall’s debut mystery, “The author’s love of Greece and her insights into a tour group’s dynamics make this light romantic suspense debut a welcome distraction for an armchair traveler. A series to watch.”
In her Holiday Travel Guide, Rita Hernandez said, “I usually hate books that have a lot of characters to follow (unless it is an epic) but I will say that Mrs. Dingwall does an excellent job of creating all the characters so that while each has their own identity the story still flowed very smoothly. For a debut novel I will say that it is excellent work. I loved the mix of Mythology, Greece, and Mystery. I think the best thing was how the mystery sort of crept up on you as though you were actually watching it all unfold.”
In Celtic Curse, Fiona Batson shares with employer Janice Armstrong her compelling need to return to her childhood home in Peebles, Scotland. Thirty-nine years earlier, her eighteen year old brother, Duncan, vanished, and Fiona can only bring closure by searching for the clues that led to Duncan’s disappearance. Janice refers the fifty-five year old housekeeper to Yvonne Suarez, a Fort Lauderdale travel agent who thwarted an international art theft ring, recovered the golden statue of Hera, and saved Janice’s life a year earlier on a trip to Greece. Yvonne has always wanted to travel to the land of Braveheart and Rob Roy. After hearing Fiona’s tale of her missing brother, she decides to accompany Fiona on her quest and plans a familiarization trip to Edinburgh and surrounding cities to increase her knowledge of the area. While Yvonne is busy learning about Edinburgh, home of the world famous Edinburgh Tattoo, and Peebles, host of the nationally acclaimed Beltane festival¾she and Fiona are drawn into a cold-case investigation that soon leads to murder.
Wendy Dingwall operated her own travel company in South Florida for over 12 years. In 2001 she moved to the mountains of Northwest, North Carolina and after phasing out her travel business, began working for a local book publisher, marketing authors and their books. In July 2009 she opened her own publishing company and by fall of 2013 will have published 30 books by various notable southern authors.
Shortly after arriving in the mountains and inspired by the writing community there, Dingwall started writing her first mystery, fulfilling a lifelong dream. She is a past president and active member of High Country Writers, and co-founder of a small writing critique group. She continues to work on the third novel in her mystery series featuring amateur sleuth, Yvonne Suarez.
Currently, she resides on a 50 acre farm near Boone, NC with her husband, retired Florida attorney Walter Dingwall, their 2 Maltese dogs, and a cat, while enjoying the wildlife and variety of seasons offered by the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Celtic Curse is available nationally in bookstores and online retailers as of May 1, 2013. Canterbury House Publishing, Ltd. ISBN: 978-0-9829054-9-4, trade soft cover, $14.95.