Beach - Captivated by television mysteries Matlock and
Murder She Wrote, Terry Miles-a University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast
College of Education and Psychology receptionist-knew it was only a matter of
time before she would succumb to the urges to create a couple of suspenseful thrillers
of her own.
The 68-year-old mystery novelist is currently
celebrating the release of her newest book "Death Has No Appeal"-a 230-page
novel that's sure to give die-hard investigators a run for their money as they
work to untangle the plot's many twists and turns.
is full of humor, suspense, murder and catching the bad guy," said Miles,
who will hold a book signing April 23 from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Booksellers
at Gulfport's Crossroads Mall.
Miles' Death Has No Appeal,
featuring characters from her first book I'll Love You Till You Die, is somewhat
reminiscent of the television phenomenon Desperate Housewives-a small community
masked with tranquility but drenched in deception and naughtiness.
bring fruit to prisoners, there are crooked lawyers and some mischievous people,
you know everyday life," said Miles, a 1999 Southern Miss graduate and mother
Miles' love affair with mysteries began at an early
age. While many of her peers played Jacks or jump rope to unwind, Miles delighted
in books. By the time she advanced to grade school, she was already writing short
stories and poems and unraveling mysteries written by authors Catherine Coulter,
Mary Higgins Clark and James Patterson.
But it was not until
last September that Miles decided to see if she had what it took to follow in
her favorite authors' footsteps. A conversation with her best friend would spark
her first release.
"My inspiration came from a visit with
my good friend Evelyn," said Miles. "She bought a used car and found
a note in the glove compartment. I asked her, "How about a body in the trunk?"
From there, I'll Love You Till You Die was born.
this book, too, is filled with suspense, suspects and clues that keep audiences
turning the pages.
"It begins when Private Investigator
Beatrice (Bea) Winslow's Aunt Julia (Aunt Jewels) purchases a used car; little
does she realize she's acquired more than meets the eye," said Miles. "A
receipt, a body and a cruise to the Caribbean unravel murder, greed and jealousy."
Miss student Venessa Diaz found the book to be entertaining and enjoyable. "I
am so stressed as a student that I have no time to relax; this book was certainly
a wonderful break," said Diaz. "The characters were very likable, especially
Aunt Jewels. This book is like a hysterical episode of Murder She Wrote. I can't
wait to read Miles' second book."
Miles said she is thankful
for so many of the good reactions she has received from readers thus far. "I
have gotten lots of support from both family and friends here at Southern Miss,
the Gulf Coast Writers Association and (members of) the Gulfport Little Theatre,"
said Miles, who is self-published by iUniverse Incorporation, based in Nebraska,
New York and Shanghai.
"I just want readers to enjoy the
reading," said Miles, who is completing work on a third book, "you know,
grab a cup of tea, coffee or hot cocoa and relax."
of Miles' books can be found at Pass Christian Books in Pass Christian, Barnes
and Noble.com and Amazon.com. For more information on future book signings, please
contact Terry Miles at (228) 865-4512 or at Theresa.Miles@usm.edu.