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A Serving of Revenge

Book One of the Cubley's Coze Mystery Series

“It’s June 1955, and William Boyer Gunn—Billy—is a 12-year-old resident of Highland, Virginia. Highland has its small-town charms, but it also has a huge problem: the McCulloch family. Big John McCulloch owns the McCulloch Wood Products plant, and the Green Mountain Resort. He also owns the police department, where his son is a hotheaded sergeant. When the plant rejects a trucker’s safety concerns, it leads directly to a terrible accident. The truck’s brakes fail and it smashes into an elderly farmer’s pickup, killing the man and seriously injuring the trucker.

Billy’s father runs the local garage, and the boy accompanies his dad to the scene of the accident to help with the cleanup. There, Billy meets Matt Cubley, a lawyer from Roanoke with a tragic backstory. Matt has just inherited Cubley’s Coze Hotel from his uncle. Circumstances pit Matt against the McCullochs, who own the rival resort. The McCulloch clan is also eager to avoid any culpability over the accident—but Matt, a witness to the crash, is sure neither the farmer nor the truck driver was at fault.

Things really heat up when the farmer’s sons, Jacob and Joash Beamis, come to town, armed with a thirst for revenge of a biblical order. Meanwhile, a vigilante sniper begins picking off some of the town’s unsavory characters.”

The above is a portion of the review by the literary magazine, Kirkus Reviews.

a serving of revenge cover

"An exhilarating tale of municipal intrigue and drama."

Kirkus Reviews

Reader Reviews

If you like Grisham, you will love this!!

January 26, 2021

“I bought this book a few days ago and it generally takes me weeks or months to read an entire book. I could not put this down and read it in it’s entirely in just a few days. I am an avid John Grisham fan and love his books. This one is even better. Very articulate and realistic with it’s research. Meticulous to detail. Based in the 1950’s and living through those times i could relate to many things mentioned. Five cent candy bars, suckers, popcorn and twenty five cent movie theaters. Fantastic read, can’t wait for the movie version or the next book in this series.”

John Morgan on Amazon.com

The best new murder mystery to read!!

January 22, 2021

“A truly remarkable book. The author’s knack for the understanding of all levels of the social structure, development of characters, grasp of local vocabulary and the pitfalls of that genre are truly remarkable. However the reader never looses hope because of a truly gifted writer. The reader is always engaged and surprised. It is so rare to find a “new” author that is so gifted, knowledgeable and empathetic while maintaining the focus of the reader on every page. I can’t wait to see what else happens in the next Cubley’s Coze novel.”

Ski Gramma on Amazon.com

A great cast of characters, an imagined world from the 1950s, and a page-turning whodunit!

January 27, 2022

“The author serves up a variety of interesting characters – Billy, Kent, Matt Cubley and Polecat, just to name a few. They take you through a tour of the Town of Highland, Cubley’s Coze and the surrounding area as the tension builds over who the sniper is and why he or she is exacting revenge. Fortunately, the victims mostly aren’t particularly sympathetic characters. Each chapter includes enough clues to keep you engaged, especially with a tantalizing clue thrown in at the end. The concluding chapters send you barreling to a very exciting end. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I’m pleased to say that I guessed who the sniper was before the sniper’s identity was revealed, but it would be easy to be thrown off the scent.”

David on Amazon.com

A real page turner!

December 3, 2021

Judge Armstrong writes a good story. Not so much mystery as just good story telling. I like the use of the child Billy as the story teller. Good character development. And if you live in the Shenandoah Valley you will recognize the geography and cities in this delightful book.


Someone has to make this novel into a movie!

December 2, 2021

“I was instantly drawn into the characters and the scenes from the minute I picked this novel up to read. It is both lighthearted and complex, mature and innocent, vengeful and compassionate all woven together so wonderfully that it was a hard book to put down and it will keep you guessing until the end. I would love to see this novel as a movie. A delightfully intriguing read.”

Caroline on Amazon.com

Great, entertaining read

June 13, 2021

“This is a wonderfully entertaining novel with some interesting twists to the story that keep you guessing. I couldn’t put the book down and can highly recommend it for any mystery and whodunit fan.”

Reviewer in Virginia on Amazon.com

Great Characters and story telling

March 1, 2021

“Morgan Armstrong is a new write on the scene and this first “Cubley’s Cove” novel does not disappoint. The perspectives , descriptions, and conversations of all of the characters set a solid plot and terrific story. Small victories throughout the book make the reader feel hopeful that good will triumph. This is murder mystery, action novel, a young boy’s point of view, ala “Stand by Me” that rolls through a tale of small town America with sword of Damocles. It was an excellent read that I could not put down. I look for more from this author.”

Tom Hughes on Amazon.com

Held my attention so well that I finished reading the novel this morning at 1:35 am

February 2, 2021

“I absolutely loved this well written novel , I’m 74 years old from Central Virginia and I can relate to every one and everything in this book. I can’t wait until the author releases his next one.”

Henry Bolling on Amazon.com

Editorial Reviews

"As the story progresses, the tension escalates, and...the work doesn't lose sight of its obligation to keep the plot humming along. An exhilarating tale of municipal intrigue and drama."
– Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

R. Morgan Armstrong, a retired Virginia General District Court Judge, is currently a full time resident of Wintergreen Resort with his wife, Jo Ann. He is also a Board Member and Secretary of Wintergreen Music, a member of the Wintergreen Ski Patrol for over forty years and an inductee in the National Ski Patrol Hall of Fame.


ISBN Number(s):
ISBN-13: 978-1-7350611-6-0
ISBN-10: 1735061166

Copyright: TX 9-135-838

Publisher: Dementi Milestone Publishing

Page count: 403 pages

Publication date: 12/15/2020

Dimensions: 6" x 9" x 0.9"

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