A World of Secrets

[Gwen] Mayo's depiction of late-19th century Kentucky is fascinating, and the mystery is ably handled. The author has a knack for the telling detail, giving us a picture of a society struggling to recover from the consequences of the Civil War. Recommended.

- The Historical Novel Society

The Nessa Donnelly Mysteries by Gwen Mayo

Gwen Mayo, author of the Nessa Donnelly mysteries, is passionate about blending the colorful history of her native Kentucky with her love for mystery fiction. She currently lives and writes in Safety Harbor, Florida, but grew up in a large Irish family in the hills of Eastern Kentucky.

Circle of Dishonor, her first novel, introduces Nessa Donnelly, a former Pinkerton agent who assumes her brother's identity to find his killers. The sequel, Concealed in Ash, plunges her into a conflict between the vigilante Red Strings and the Ku Klux Klan.

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