The Secret at the Little Lost Mill

“A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery”


In the far western North Carolina mountains, intrepid mill enthusiast Marcy Dehanne is intrigued by stories of massacre and revenge and a hidden treasure on Stepback Mountain dating to the 1800s.

Most importantly she wants to find a (heard of but not verified) lost “tub” mill, a rare survivor of its type.

In this, Marcy’s fourth grist mill mystery, she is currently without a paying grist mill consultant project.

While she doesn’t find a dead body, death and danger are close upon her heels as she is determined to find the secret of the long lost little tub mill.

Dangerous “hints” and encounters don’t deter her as she seeks answers: who owns the land? Who doesn’t want her and her sidekicks nosing around? And Why?

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Welcome to the World of Celia Miles – Books & Stories About Women that Will Inspire You

  • A Thyme for Love
  • ThymeTable Mill
  • Mattie’s Girl: An Appalachian Childhood
  • Sarranda 
  • Journey to Stenness
  • Sarranda’s Heart: A Love Story of Place
  • The Body at Wrapp’s Mill: A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery 
  • The Body at StarShine Mill: A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery 
  • Sarranda’s Legacy: 3rd installment of Sarranda’s saga
  • The Skeleton at the Old Painted Mill: A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery
  • The Secret at the Little Lost Mill: A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery 

Celia has also written two short story collections: On a Slant: A Collection of Stories, and Islands One and All: Stories and Otherwise.

Her poems (few and far between) and selected short stories have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Old Mountain Press anthologies, WNC Woman, and other publications.

With Nancy Dillingham, she has edited four anthologies of regional women writers: Christmas PresenceClothes Lines, Women’s Spaces Women’s Places and their latest, It’s All Relative: Tales from the Tree.


About Celia Miles

Celia Miles, a native of western North Carolina, lives, and writes from Asheville. She writes in various genres and her fiction—all women-oriented—reflects her interests in old grist mills and Neolithic sites around the world.

She attended Brevard and Berea Colleges and has graduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and IUP in Pennsylvania. She taught at Brevard College and retired from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College as an instructor.

Her three clean and cozy mysteries feature intrepid Marcy Dehanne, an instructor turned grist mill consultant, who finds that old mills too often harbor a dead body: The Body at Wrapp’s Mill; The Body at StarShine Mill; and, 2020, The Skeleton at the Old Painted Mill.

Her other published works include seven novels and two short story collections—available online and in paperback.


Discover more about Celia and her thoughts on writing…

Read an interview about Celia’s writing life by NetWest Mountain Writers and Poets.

Also see her “Behind the Scenes” interview on the Mountain Made art gallery blog.