Author returns to Columbus with new novel

February 14, 2010 12:42:00 AM



Joe Lee, a Starkville native and a graduate of Mississippi State University, will sign copies of his new suspense thriller, "The Magnolia Triangle" (Dogwood Press, 2009), at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. First-edition, signed copies will be available for $22.95 plus tax. 


"The Magnolia Triangle is the second volume of the series that began two years ago with Judgment Day," Lee said. "This one picks up seven months later and features characters that readers will remember from Judgment Day. Because it''s set in a small town in northeast Mississippi, I''m hopeful that mystery fans who enjoy Southern-based suspense will like it." 


Marshall Ramsey, editorial cartoonist of the Clarion Ledger, said of "The Magnolia Triangle," "When family secrets and greed collide, you have a story hotter than a Mississippi summer night. Joe Lee has written a real Southern-fried page-turner. I couldn''t put it down." 


Oxford-based Mississippi author Robert Dalby, the author of "A Piggly Wiggly Wedding" and "Waltzin'' at the Piggly Wiggly," said, "Joe Lee has concocted a fast-paced thriller that drips with Southern authenticity. From start to finish, a crisp, engaging read packed with insight."  


Lee is the owner and editor-in-chief of Dogwood Press, a small but traditional publishing company in Brandon. He has published fellow Mississippi authors John M. Floyd of Brandon, Jim Ritchie of Canton, and Mike Windham of Brookhaven. Dogwood Press will publish an autobiography written by Barbie Bassett, the chief meteorologist at WLBT-3 in Jackson, this spring. 


Admission is free. The library is located at 314 Seventh St. N.  


To reserve signed copies, call 662-329-5300. Visit for more information about all Dogwood Press titles.