By Micheal Llewellyn


The blood drying under the Mississippi moon was the bluest in Natchez.

Before the television age, when "crime of the century" meant something, the public was unduly fascinated by murder. This was especial true during the Great Depression, when Americans were desperate for escapist far. The more bizarre or glamorous the crime, the greater the fascination, and few intrigued them more than the events of August 4, 1932 in Natchez, Mississippi. The brutal shooting of spinster recluse Jennie Surget Merrill grabbed instant headlines with tales of fabulous wealth, beautiful women, European royalty, Southern aristocracy, a US President and the Confederate President, army generals and ambassadors, not to mention madness, incest, racism, bitter internecine feuds, vertiginous falls from grace, and eccentricity in spades. The case became known as the Goat Castle Murder.

Michael Llewellyn has taken the known facts of the case, breathed life into these eccentric Southerners, and created a fascinating novel, The Goat Castle Murder.

The Goat Castle Murder

"For the reader who likes a good historical novel, this is a must. For the reader who likes an intricate who-done-it, this is also a must. For the reader who likes both, this is a gift." 

        -Gene Farrington, The Blue Heron

About the Author

WSP author Micheal Llewellyn

Michael Llewellyn is the author of nineteen published books under various pen names in the genres of historical fiction, time travel, mystery, adventure, contemporary fiction, historical romance, and nonfiction travel. A native of Fountain City, Tennessee, Michael comes from a long line of Southern writers and memoirists. 


Michael lived in New York’s Greenwich Village for twenty years, working as an advertising copywriter by day and writing novels in his spare time.


Michael is married and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 

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