Iredell County North Carolina detective Marci McLeod and her artist husband Jake are back, along with the same delightful cast of characters from Ketchie’s first novel, Little Did They Know. This time they are joined by Meredith, the McLeods’ four-year-old daughter.
While Marci is tracking a vicious killer who is wreaking havoc in and around the picturesque town of Love Valley, a lookalike stranger compounds the detective’s challenges. The killer is no mastermind, but he possesses enough animal cunning and cold-blooded ruthlessness to make catching him a difficult and dangerous proposition. Marci, good cop, wife, mother in equal measure, struggles to keep work and personal life balanced.
Ketchie uses North Carolina’s Love Valley — where Old West ambiance allows only horses and horse drawn vehicles on the streets — and some of its real life residents to create a true to life backdrop for the action.
Cotton Ketchie puts words on paper as well as he puts paint on canvas. You will enjoy his latest book."
- Tim Dearman, Statesville Record & Landmark
Ketchie’s true to life characters combine with his trademark affectionate rendering of small town North Carolina to make for a solid and engrossing sequel to Little Did They Know."
- J.D. Rhoades
Ketchie masterfully breathes life into his characters, luring the reader into the very hearts and minds of Jake, Marci, Joanie, and supporting cast. Trouble in Love Valley evokes suspense-filled, roller coaster ride emotions."
- Stephen Brooks, Author of "Ridin’ on a Prayer"
Nationally known watercolorist “Cotton” Ketchie, was selected as the featured artist for the 2004 North Carolina Governor’s Conference on Tourism. In 2001, he received the coveted Order of the Long Leaf Pine for working to preserve the legacy of his state and his community.
Ketchie published his first book, Memories of a Country Boy, in 2006. This memoir was soon followed by A Country Boy’s Education in 2007. His first novel, Little Did They Know, was published in 2009.