Tuscaloosa Moon, written under the pen name Carolyn Breckinridge, tells of the life and death of Dr. Priscilla Beaty. Dr. Beaty is an elementary school principal and single mother to two sons, a former Crimsonette who lives her love of the Crimson Tide every day of the year. Unfortunately she as a long string of lovers and an even longer list of enemies, some people are both. The novel has been described by one writer as a love story to Tuscaloosa, and despite its murder mystery content, Carolyn says she intends for the novel to offer humor, insight and hope. This is the first in her series of Addie Bramson mysteries, with her second, Tuscaloosa Boneyard nearing completion.
It comes as no surprise that much of Carolyn W. Ezell’s murder mystery, Tuscaloosa Moon, is set on the beautiful University of Alabama campus. Her favorite quote from her late-grandmother, May is that she knew many of the University’s buildings when they were still living people. Carolyn grew up listening to fascinating tales of a time when approximately five hundred students were enrolled. Carolyn, herself a UofA graduate, was employed and retired from the campus, a career that culminated in providing clinical social work services to children and their families at Brewer Porch Children’s Center and in serving as adjunct faculty for the School of Social Work’s graduate program for more than a decade.