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When attorney Cullen Molloy attends his fortieth high school reunion, he doesn’t expect to be defending childhood friends against charges of murder…

In a small town on the high plains of Eastern New Mexico, life and culture are shaped by the farm roads defining the 640-acre sections of land homesteaders claimed at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Cullen and Shelby Blaine
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Expected publication: July 2019 by Acorn Publishing
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Mike Murphey
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A 43-year-old murder casts a long shadow over a high school reunion that brings together three friends haunted by the past.
Not much changes in the New Mexico town of Arthur unless it absolutely has to, as a character observes in this debut novel that impresses with its strong sense of place. The stage for this decades-spanning saga is compellingly set when Hezekiah Boyd’s high school reunion committee tracks down the computer software maven. He insists there has been a mistake: The
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Fungi From Yuggoth
What a gloriously twisty mystery packed within a combination coming-of-age plus aging-and-looking-back literary feat! In a tiny little community inexplicably founded by settlers in Eastern New Mexico and homesteaded at the turn of the 20th century, a locale without rivers, mountains, or canyons to recommend it, life is slow and entertainment sometimes found at the expense of others. In October of 1966, a group of high school kids create a prank, causing injury, and inevitably as the consequences ...more
Energy
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the '60s during a fateful night, Buddy shot a young woman, and he served his time in juvenile detention. It was a terrible accident that weighs heavily on him. But in the present of the book, 2009, there is a class reunion going on, and he wants nothing to do with it. Only, a murder has occurred and the police go straight for Buddy as their number one suspect. Cullen, a lawyer, offers to represent him with the help of his girlfriend Lori, a former detective and their friends Shelby and Weard. ...more
Debra McGuire
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this mystery, which is also an entertaining tale of southern-fried repression.
As Agatha Christie's Miss Marple once said, "There is a great deal of wickedness in village life." This is equally, if not even more true of small town American life, particularly in 1960s era Bible Belt small towns like Arthur, New Mexico. On the surface is one story: It is 1966, and among a group of high school friends, a girl is killed. Although it is clear who did it, the tragedy is re-visited in a serie
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Texas
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nothing is as appears yet much is the same.

Section Roads – This is my first read by this author and I like it immensely. While written with plenty of storylines, the book flips back and forth between the 1960s and 2009, showing the characters as young students/adult and as matured adults.

There are plenty of secrets that come out in 2009, after a murder, that makes this a rollercoaster ride of intrigue and suspense. The variety of characters make this an interesting story. The emotions are plent
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Heather Wamboldt
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is never easy to write a story that jumps back and forth between different eras, but Mike Murphey does it flawlessly. He weaves such a tale that it is funny at times and yet heartbreaking as well. The storyline is intriguing and imaginative. The twists and turns taken while trying to discover the truth about the tragedy uncover long-hidden secrets.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Truly
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Section Roads is an intriguing mystery novel written by Mike Murphey that is packed with suspense. A coming-of-age plus aging story that is heartbreaking yet thrilling with twists and turns around every corner. Murphey has created a unique group of characters are a well-developed and realistic. The setting is a perfect back drop for a fascinating story .
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