A Disturbing Presence by Joy Lee Rutter
This modern-day mystery takes place in a small town in NH. An elegant manor appears normal enough. You enter, look around at the widow's artwork & then walk into the private study of the late Eric McDuggal. Of course, you do not expect to see McDuggal sitting in an antique rocker. He is dead.
What were the motives behind his bizarre death wish? While the house pets wreak havoc against the embalmed body, his widow remains in a self-imposed limbo, reluctant to find the answers. The disturbing presence of the hideous corpse causes her life to collapse into nightmares & apathy. An unlikely friendship between the taxidermist & widow develop; little do they know that his probing into McDuggal's background eventually leads to the discovery of a shocking childhood trauma. A Disturbing Presence has all of the ingredients for a great page-turner! Mystery, light horror, and humor.
Joy Lee Rutter moved to New Hampshire from Florida in September of 1996. During her adjustment period to a new environment, she began keeping a journal on her very first evening in Ossipee. Eventually, it led her into “tongue-in-cheek” humor essays and the rest is history. She could not stop writing. Many of her essays have appeared on her websites.
After acclimatizing to the severe changes in seasons, she began kayaking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter; writing has been an on again, off again passion.
Non-fiction being her preference, a novel was never in her plans. However, she began A Disturbing Presence on an impulse. She wondered, ‘What would happen if a person was preserved or freeze-dried and then returned to his home after death? How would this affect his next-of-kin?’ Joy Lee wrote the book with humor, sensitivity, emotion, and of course, the unexpected revelation at the end.
Her day job as a Rehabilitation Specialist in a traumatic brain injury facility is the basis for her next book, already 26,000 words strong. Besides her job, her writing, and promoting her second book, Joy Lee stays busy with her husband, two teenage sons, and her cat Mugzi.
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