Trial By Twelve by Heather Day Gilbert

Last year, I had the opportunity to blog about Heather Day Gilbert’s first two novels, God’s Daughter, book one in the Vikings of the New World saga and Miranda Warning, book one in A Murder in the Mountains Series. After Miranda Warning was released, there was chatter about what would come next. Would it be the second book in the Vikings of the New World series or the second book in A Murder in the Mountains Series?  I was torn, because I fell in love with the characters in both stories!  This author does a great job at creating both memorable characters and action to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Just a few short weeks ago, Heather released Trial By Twelve, A Murder in the Mountains series, Book 2 and it does not disappoint! It had me guessing “who done it” right until the end! Before you get started here’s a synopsis of both mysteries:


Book 1: Miranda Warning 

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Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.

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Book 2: Trial by Twelve

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Tess Spencer loves her low-key job at the Crystal Mountain Spa, which allows her plenty of down-time with her one-year old daughter and lawyer husband, Thomas. But when a pool installation turns up eight skeletons in the spa’s back yard, Tess becomes entangled in a sleuthing job destined to go awry.

As the investigation gets underway, someone dumps a fresh body near the excavated burial site, confirming unspeakable fears. A serial killer has returned to Buckneck, West Virginia…a skilled hunter with a unique taste in prey.

When Tess agrees to help the cunning Detective Tucker gather clues from the inside, she discovers the posh spa hides more than dead bodies. Even as she sifts through layers of deceit, Tess realizes too late that the killer’s sights have zeroed in on her.

Unpredictable psychological mystery replete with memorable characters, Trial by Twelve is Book Two in A Murder in the Mountains series.

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Available on Amazon – kindle edition currently just $2.99


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 HEATHER DAY GILBERT enjoys writing stories about authentic, believable marriages. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, she believes that bittersweet, generational stories are in her blood. A graduate of Bob Jones University, Heather has been married for eighteen years and has three children.

Heather’s Viking historical novel, God’s Daughter, was an Amazon Norse Bestseller for an entire year. She is also the author of  A Murder in the Mountains mystery series, and the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.

You can find Heather online here:


Disclaimer: I received advanced reader copies of these books in exchange for my posts. No other compensation of any kind has been received. Watercolor Icon courtesy of Rose @

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