Publication Date: June 13, 2023
No one suspects foul play when an old recluse dies behind locked doors.
The doctor claims the old woman’s heart gave out, and Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson doesn’t give the case another thought until the medical examiner finds poison.
This death is just one in a series of unusual deaths happening in Tyson’s quiet town, which takes the deputy sheriff on the hunt for answers while the rest of the town is cause up in local hysteria, starstruck by visiting celebrities William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow. Within a week, Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson is on the tenuous trail of a serial killer who snuffs out the unwanted, the disabled—the most helpless and lovable—without reason and with no mercy.
Reaping the Whirlwind is a historical mystery set during the real events of the Scopes evolution trial in 1925 Dayton, Tennessee. The mystery weaves through trial events in an accurate portrayal of this pivotal case that forever changed the U.S. education system.
Take an intriguing mystery and let it play out during a pivotal moment in history. The end result delivers an intriguing snapshot of a small town caught in the national spotlight.
The mystery unfolds amid the drama surrounding the 1925 Scopes Evolution Trial, also known as The Trial of the Century. The author meticulously connects fact and fiction through a list of characters who were actually in the town during the trial.
Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson, a transplant from Chattanooga, and his temperamental Model T named Lizzy to steal the show in the search for answers. He is assisted by a number of other fictional characters who bring the time period to life.
Reaping the Whirlwind takes historical information and delivers it in a highly palatable manner. From start to finish, the storyline provides a seamless reading adventure with a side order of mystery.
Rosey Dow is the pen name of Lana McAra, an award-winning, international best-selling author and ghostwriter of more than 40 titles with a million books sold, including three cookbooks. An author via traditional publishing with Barbour Publishing and WinePress Publishing for 25 years, she has been editing and ghostwriting for more than 20 years, working for WinePress Publishing as well as Author One Stop and individual clients.
She won the national Christy Award for Reaping the Whirlwind in 2001, and her historical cozy mystery series, Colorado, sold more than 250,000 copies. Her titles have appeared around the world in bookstores and libraries in regular print, large print editions and audiobooks. She also has several journals and other titles under the name This Girl Loves Paper.
Originally from Delaware, she lived on the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada for 14 years and now resides in North Florida.