Dagger in the Cup

by JB Hamilton Queen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/28/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 278
ISBN : 9781491723180
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 278
ISBN : 9781491723197

About the Book

The daughter of a mountain gatherer and healer, sixteen-year-old Shug Yokem knows every sound the mountains make: the creaking of limbs in winter, the prattle of rain in spring, the whisper of summer winds, and the crackle of fall’s sun-dried foliage underfoot. She knows which plants will cure and which will kill.

Until Cleo Sizemore shows up on her and her mother’s doorstep, she has never had an enemy, let alone entertained the idea of killing someone. But now that she has discovered her stepfather’s murderous secret, her life and the lives of her siblings and mother are endangered. A cunning and callous man, Cleo has found a way to keep Shug quiet---fabricating a story that imprisons her behind the barred windows and locked doors of an institution for the epileptic and the feeble-minded. Undaunted, she ingratiates herself with some of the staff and learns what really goes on beyond the doors of the surgery room.

Desperate to return home, she escapes into the unfamiliar mountains of Virginia. There she encounters a mysterious woman who warns Shug, “Na path doth lead home, na ‘til the unwill is undone, an the evil done the two women, righted.” Shug realizes she must return to the institution and find these women before she can go home and save her family. The two women prove to be connected to Shug in ways she could never have imagined.

About the Author

JB Hamilton Queen grew up in Kentucky and now lives with her husband in Sarasota, Florida. An award-winning author of short stories and memoirs, she has contributed to magazines, such as Nostalgia Digest, Doorways, and Yesterday’s Magazette. She has a deep love for the south, and enjoys bringing her heritage to the page; the beauty of the countryside, the strength of those who live there, and the courage that dwells in their hearts. In addition to Dagger in the Cup, she has written Raincrow, Sweet Gums, Imminent Reprisal, and Masters of the Breed. She enjoys cruising with her husband and friends, target shooting, golf, deep sea fishing, and spending time with family.

Shug Yokem spins a daring tale of a young woman trapped in her mother’s nightmare of a marriage to a cruel stepfather who is out to get Shug with a vengeance. The Blue Ridge Mountain setting lends an air of mysticism juxtaposed a historical account of dark practices in the not so long ago annals of American institutions. Shug is resourceful, determined and brave, a strong protagonist you won’t forget.

Nadja Bernitt, author of Final Grave, a mystery set in the wiles of Idaho.

Former Kentuckian JB Hamilton Queen established a niche in Appalachian storytelling with her novel Raincrow. She returns with Dagger In The Cup, in which the author’s sense of place and the protagonist’s voice evoke the myths, mysteries, and magic of mountain folklore.

Madonna Dries Christensen, author of the memoir In Her Shoes: Step By Step