In More than Murder, Brenda Woody offers a glimpse into small town life in North Carolina in the 1960s. When the two men who own the local record store are murdered there are a surprising number of potential suspects–some known to the police and some not. The men threw wild parties attended by a mix of ne-er do wells, thrill-seeking teens, and a handful of “respectable” community members. Someone started taking photographs of the goings-on at the parties and before long a blackmailer made demands to a few men. Stopping the blackmail appears to be an obvious motive for the murders, but that doesn’t account for the third body found with the men’s corpses–that of a quiet woman who worked a factory job in a nearby town and kept to herself. The local police chief thinks the photos are the key to the crime, but there are other factors in play, including loan sharking and drugs, along with a brother’s desire to protect his irresponsible brother and to preserve their family’s good name.
More than Murder is based on the true story of the murders of Vernon Shipman, Charles Glass, and Louise Davis Shumate in Hendersonville, North Carolina in July 1966.
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