Cape Girardeau, Missouri (PressExposure) October 21, 2012 -- Rhetta McCarter returns as mortgage banker turned wannabe sleuth in Killerfind, Sharon Woods Hopkins' second installment of her award-winning cozy mystery series. Killerfind, released by Deadly Writes Publishing on June 6, 2012, claimed the #1 spot in "Women Sleuths" on Amazon on July 11, 2012.
In this sequel to Killerwatt, Rhetta is anxiously awaiting news about the finished restoration of a 1981 Z-28 Camaro to replace her beloved '79 Cami, when she gets news of a different sort: Her friend and mechanic, Ricky Lane, has discovered something suspicious in the wheel well of the car. Soon the police have impounded the Z-28, and Rhetta knows it will be very long time--if ever--before the car can now be restored. But that's just the beginning of her troubles.
Killerwatt, the first installment in the series, was a 2012 finalist in the sixth annual Indie Excellence National Book Awards. The Indie Excellence Award is open to all English language books including those from small presses, university presses, independent publishers and self-published authors. Works published in 2009, 2010 and 2011 were eligible for consideration. The competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. The selected award winners and finalists are based on overall excellence of presentation.
Killerwatt also received acclaim by being nominated for a 2011 Lovey Award for Best First Novel.
Like her protagonist, Rhetta McCarter, author Sharon Woods Hopkins works in the mortgage office of a Missouri bank and owns a restored '79 Camaro. Hopkins enjoys restoring muscle cars with her son, Jeff, and spent 30 years as an Appaloosa Horse Club judge, where she was privileged to judge all over the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Southeast Missouri Writers' Guild, and the Missouri Writers' Guild.