Yesterday’s story (Sun. Oct. 16, Frankfort, Ky., State Journal) is triggering questions about the murder that sets Theo & The Mouthful of Ashes in motion. Yes, the murder is based on a real murder that occurred in Frankfort when I was a small boy and yes the victim’s head was smashed in with an old flatiron and her mouth was stuffed with ashes. My Dad was a reporter on the Journal then and he covered it. I remember overhearing him going over the grisly details with my mother when he thought I was asleep. The murderer was never found and the reason that ashes filled the victim’s throat was never revealed.

I took the basic facts – the flatiron, the cellar, the mouth full of ashes – and used them as the triggering event for the story that unfolds in Theo & The Mouthful of Ashes. The book won’t be available until the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, which is Sat. Nov. 12, but I did a “preview” reading of a few sections from the book for the Frankfort Woman’s Club last week. That triggered the State Journal story.

The publisher’s press release done for the session and giving a general synopsis of the book follows. It will give you an idea of what to expect when the book is out.


Novelist Ron Rhody’s Newest Book Unveiled in Town Where It Happened

“The twist at the end of Theo & the Ashes took me completely by surprise. In this story, no one can understand why the victim’s mouth is stuffed with ashes. It’s a fast and intriguing tale. The ashes thing is just (forgive the mixed-metaphor) frosting on the cake.”

Jason Underwood, author of A Soldier of the Western Wars.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 10, 2011 – RALEIGH, NC – Ron Rhody’s newest novel, THEO and The Mouthful of Ashes will be read by Mr. Rhody at the Frankfort Woman’s Club in Kentucky’s Capitol City, Monday, October 10.

The novel will be available at the The Kentucky Book Fair November 12, but Rhody will read selected sections of the novel and discuss the story line with the audience of Women’s Club members and their guests.

The story is set in Frankfort and the town itself is a character in the story. It begins with the finding of the body of a prominent widow lying dead at the bottom of the cellar stairs in the family home in the lush Bluegrass of Kentucky. Her head has been bashed in by an old flatiron and her mouth has been stuffed full of ashes.

The county is horrified at the brutality of the murder and mystified at the use of the ashes.

Theo Clark, who readers first met in Theo’s Story, Mr. Rhody’s first novel, is assigned to cover the murder. This is a fast moving story about a bizarre killing, a young reporter trying to make it to the big time by solving the crime, but conflicted by a girl he can’t commit to yet can’t let go, a place he’s not sure he can leave, a Gypsy clan trying to stay clear of the law, and an ambitious sheriff who wants to jail the Gypsy leader.

Published by Outer Banks Publishing Group, it will be available after November 12 on-line and in bookstores. Pre-launch copies can be ordered at a special discount at the Outer Banks Publishing Group’s website at

Ron Rhody was born and grew up in the town in which the story is set. He has been a reporter, a sportswriter, and a broadcast newsman before moving on to a career as a corporate public relations executive in New York and San Francisco. He and his wife now make their home in Pinehurst, NC.
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THEO and The Mouthful of Ashes

Publication Date: January 2012

ISBN: 978-0-9829-9316-3

ISBN EL: 978-1-4524-0970-2
Page Count: 274
Binding Type: Trade Paperback
Size: 6″ x 9″


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