“Jar of Pennies submerges the reader in the dark forests of a region known officially as "Deep East Texas." Set in 1979 in the little town of Whitmire, the story explores cultural and racial complexities with humor and insight while uncovering evidence leading to the execution of a mass murderer. Based on a true story, the tale is told through the eyes of a small town newspaper editor, an outsider observing the quirks and idiosyncrasies of people dealing with omnipresent but hidden lethality, always lurking just out of sight like a poisonous snake. And like a snake, the creep factor hits you when you least expect it: a police chief floats to the surface of a lake, a mother and her three-year-old toddler disappear, a divorcing woman is found dead in her bathtub, a congressman is murdered during a confrontation with drug dealers.
It has mystery, murder, and the best part is a little humor mixed in with an absolutely great creepy factor. Can’t really explain why I enjoyed it [so] much, but it just hit the spot, I was laughing out loud several times, especially for the melon.
The story has it all, I highly recommend. . . This one comes in with 5 stars!"—NetGalley review