Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Milicent Le Sueur by Margaret Moseley


Millicent Le Sueur is an eccentric, obsessive-compulsive bag lady in a rural Southern town who witnesses the hit-and-run killing of a teenage girl. Or so she claims. Some townsfolk believe she killed the girl and made up the story to cover her crime. Battling her neuroses and psychoses, and counting her steps along the way, she tracks a killer she hopes won’t count her as the next victim.

About the Author:

Margaret Moseley was born in Oklahoma, reared in Texas and lived twenty years in Arkansas. Her resulting combined regional accent gives a unique flavor to her protagonist Bonita Faye’s trials and tribulations in her best-selling book and Edgar finalist Bonita Faye. While the reader knows from the “get-go” that Bonita Faye killed Billy Roy up there on Cavanal Hill, it’s a toss-up as to how she will spend the next forty years. Told in the first person, readers will laugh and gasp as Bonita Faye deliberately weaves and molds her future with the book’s climax having her face another murderous decision!

Moseley writes very different mysteries, but whether her books involve a witness to a murder—Milicent LeSueur—or follow the sleuthing of Texas bookseller Honey Huckleberry—The Fourth Steven; Grinning In His Mashed Potatoes; A Little Traveling Music, Please—her writing is creative, whimsical and entertaining. Moseley currently lives in Texas with her writer/computer programmer husband Ron Burris and their two indescribable rescued beagles, Matilda and Sadie.


There but for the Grace of God and the Goddess… Being bi-polar and somewhat OCD, I’ve been a type of homeless called “sofa-surfing.” That’s where you migrate from one friend or family member’s home to the next. Milicent Le Seuer took her last name from a can of peas, walked out of her back yard one day, accumulated a collection of color-coded bags, and found herself a spot in an empty lot. Somehow, each month, money appears under a rock on “her” lot, and she cleans the restrooms at the local KFC for free food. Milicent prides herself on being a bag lady, and does not consider herself homeless. She has her lot with two trees and the rock, she has her “job” at KFC, last year the sheriff arranged for her to winter in a hospital, and this year she plans to winter with a wealthy lady who lives in town. But everything changes when she witnesses the hit and run death of a young girl, and she believes the driver is after her.

Ms. Moseley takes us on an incredible ride, as Milicent tries to remember just who and what she saw that day, and then when she does figure out who did it, tries to get people to believe her. Like so many mentally ill people, Milicent is smarter than average, and somehow manages to stay one step ahead of the murderer, who underestimates her. After all, she’s just a crazy bag lady.

This is the second book I’ve read by Ms. Moseley, and she writes delightfully quirky characters who make you laugh, cry, and gasp. Her books are impossible to put down once you start reading them, so make sure you have plenty of time when you pick up Milicent Le Seuer. And if your store carries that brand of peas, you’ll never look at them the same way again!

Warnings:  None
Length:  196 Pages
Print:  $11.99
Digital:  $4.99

You’ll notice we always include the publisher’s buy link. That’s because authors usually receive 40-50% of the net proceeds from the publisher. Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%. When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left. So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40-$2.99. If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $1.70-$2.10.

Download the file from the publisher onto your computer as you would any other file. I’ve created a folder for books on my computer, with subfolders by source (Marketing for Romance Writers, Net Galley, Authors who find me on Kindle lists, etc.). That way, if there’s a glitch with your Kindle, the books are on your computer. Some publishers send books in all digital formats. If my Kindle breaks and my kids buy me a Nook, I won’t have to replace all of my books. If you have a Kindle and your hubby has a Nook, you won’t have to buy separate copies, so buying directly from the publisher can save you money.

Moving the file from your computer to your e-reader is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive. Plug the larger USB end of your e-reader charging chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from the folder into which you’ve downloaded the book to Documents/Books directory on your e-reader. You can move the file by highlighting it and dragging it to the documents directory in you Kindle you want to move it to. Or right click on it, and then left click copy or move. Or hit Control/C for copy, Control/X for cut, and Control/V for paste.

Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

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