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In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large and Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey continues his series of author interviews leading up to the Mississippi Book Festival on August 19, 2023 at the State Capitol.

J J Sherman, who is a pharmacist himself, writes his first novel “Scorching Secrets: An Addison Best Pharmacy Mystery”. Addison Best has hit crisis-time in her early forties and fresh from a divorce with a philandering husband. Now, her father seeks help taking over duties at his independent pharmacy in small-town Preachers Rest in the Mississippi Delta. Enter a hard-nosed Dr. Stone who picks up her prescription. In what could only be described as a rookie mistake, Addison gives Dr. Stone her husband’s Viagra prescription. When Dr. Stone’s husband dies, Preachers Rest snaps into a place where nobody rests. Addison investigates – and finds that small-town Preachers Rest isn’t the wholesome critter it’s pretending to be.



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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.