Nashville native Dan Jewell knows only a few chords on his old Silvertone flattop, but he and his wife once cut a demo of his songs in the famous Woodland Studio, where artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, and Gordon Lightfoot have recorded through the years. He grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music on the radio, but he’s also a fan of film noir, mystery novels, and Shakespeare’s tragedies.
Jewell's mystery "Blood Country" won a silver medal in the nationwide 2011 Readers Favorite contest. His latest novel, "Dream Country" has received 3 five star reviews from Readers Favorite and is entered in this year's contest.
Jewell was educated at Martin Methodist, Middle Tennessee State University, and Peabody College. Before becoming a mystery writer, he enjoyed a successful career as a college professor and Dean.
Readers Favorite Review of Dream Country:
Reviewed by Joana James for Readers Favorite
"Dream Country" successfully blends a story of the dynamics of family with murder, mystery, suspense, action and drama. Doyle Renfro is a country music star who is being sued by two of his children in order to gain control of his business interest. In the middle of all this, his illegitimate daughter finds out who he is and confronts him. The story is leaked to the press and soon the family's woe is everybody's business. To compound everything, Pearl, the illegitimate daughter, is found murdered in her apartment. In this book, one woman's dreams lead her to uncover a vicious plot by a man who had already murdered her half sister and a homeless man who he thought could thwart his plans for a bigger piece of his wife's inheritance. The dreams provide clues to solve the murder and save an innocent man from Jail.
"Dream Country" is exciting and hard to put down. It is well-written and engaging. The characters appear very real and are well-developed. It is easy to identify with them. The plot has several twists and turns that leave one constantly trying to guess who the bad guy really is. The dreams add an extra bit of flavour to the plot and are very clever. The book held my attention to the very end and I tried very hard to determine who the killer was. The plot masked that little fact well enough for me not to be absolutely sure until the end. Overall, this is a good book and a good read.
Where to find Dan Jewell online
Blood Country: A Nashville Sideman Mystery
Nashville session guitarist and sideman Joe Rose is also a private detective. He's hired by strung out country superstar Vern Hamlin to look into a closed case, the murder of the legendary King Hamlin, Vern's father, twenty years ago. As he investigates the murder and the family history, Rose soon realizes, he’s in "Blood Country," a place not listed on the Nashville celebrity tour maps.
Dream Country: A Nashville Psychic Mystery
Dilly Renfro is one of country music legend Doyle Renfro’s three legitimate children. Since her head injury a year earlier, Dilly has admitted to her family she’s a lesbian and discovered she has precognitive dreams. When Pearl Emery, the recently acknowledged African-American love child of her aging father, is murdered, several suspects emerge. Dilly vows to follow her dreams to find the killer.
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