The Skeleton at the Old Painted Mill

“A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery”


Pursuing her dream job as a Mill Restoration consultant, intrepid Marcy Dehanne, along with her young guide Harkins, trek toward the Old Painted Mill on remote Ransom Creek in the mountains of western North Carolina.

This time—she assures herself— she won’t find a dead body on site. And she’s right. In the kudzu-shrouded mill, a decades-old skeleton awaits Marcy. Common sense, warnings, and dangers don’t deter Marcy from diving headlong into the quest for long-delayed justice and the restoration of the old mill.

She’s aided by new friendships in the small town of Saylorsville; however, the “law”—an absent sheriff and his deputized psychologist-consultant—seems a trifle indifferent.

Not everyone welcomes her investigating, but that’s never stopped Marcy.

Not yet.

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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 

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.