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bullies its way into the village in a swirl of snow and biting wind,
threatening to cancel the annual St. Nicholas festival. But winter’s slap pales
when a body is discovered in the candlelit church. Someone is not living up to
the seasonal wish of ‘peace on earth, good will towards man.’
village harbors more than Christmas gifts, DS Brenna Taylor discovers as she
and her colleagues from the Derbyshire Constabulary begin working the case.
There is the feud between two rival authors; a wife’s open disdain of her
husband and his secret comfort in the arms of another woman; the pent-up
emotions of a vicar’s wife forced to conform to idealistic conceptions; the
tacit threat of a troubled teenager and his delinquent girlfriend.
discovers emotions she didn’t know she had when DS Mark Salt, her harassing
macho cohort, makes overtures of genuine friendship. Now Brenna must not only
examine her love for her boss, DCI Geoffrey Graham, but also consider the
likelihood of its ever being returned.
sorting through the affairs of the heart and the tangle of motive and suspects
in the case weren’t hard enough, a series of arsons threatens the very village
itself. And Brenna wonders if they are looking for two felons or just one very
Whoever thought a murder mystery could put you in the
Christmas spirit? Nonetheless, this one is filled with all the trimmings and
decorations, even the snow for Christmas time.
A cold as concrete in winter kind of church and a dead body.
Scary, at least to me. That’s the opening to Jo Hiestand’s “A Recipe for
Murder”. While it may sound cold and scary, the village was really preparing
for the St. Nicholas Festival at the same time. One of their big celebrations
at Christmastime. There’s greenery and hot cross buns and decorated trees of
course, as well as every other Christmas delight you can think of. Everyone was
busy doing their assigned tasks for the Festival, at least they all say they
Brenna Taylor is still wishing Graham would notice her. She
knows it isn’t professional. Two coppers can’t have a relationship. But do you
think that keeps her from thinking of him almost every waking moment. Someone
had better knock some sense into her if she wants to stay on the force.
So, is this a light fun mystery? No, it’s a British murder
mystery and a good one. One almost impossible to figure out the bad guy or girl
before the very end. But it’s a well-written, great mystery for curling up and
either watching the snow or dreaming of it, depending on where you live.
This is Book 2 of a series titled “Peak District Mystery”. Many of the Peak District mysteries are based
upon British customs and holidays. Hiestand has another series titled McLaren
Mysteries. Also great. Check them out.
In 2001 Jo graduated from Webster University with a BA
degree and departmental honors in English.
She lives in the St Louis, MO area, and spends as much time
as she can writing mysteries and watching the barges on the river.
Her love of writing, board games and music came together
when she and a friend invented a mystery-solving game, P.I.R.A.T.E.S., which
uses maps, graphics, song lyrics, and other clues to lead the players to the
Along with fellow mystery author Pam DeVoe, Jo
teachs a mystery writing course at St. Louis Community College.
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THE SERIES INFORMATION: An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations. For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.
THE LEGEND OF THE SOUL MATE TREE
I am old, I am ancient, my purpose is clear To give those who are needy a treasure so dear. They who come to my roots, touch my bark, stroke my leaves
Find the soul of their lives if they but believe. When I call and you listen, your prize will be great If your heart remains open and you don’t hesitate. Do you yearn? Be you lonely? Is your time yet at hand? Reach for me …
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One dark night artist Craig Saxton went missing from his village. His body was found thirty-two hours later in the river, floating like a bobber on a fishing line. Rumors swell like tidal waves: did his ex-wife or his fiancée’s father kill this likeable young man? Or was it simply a case of jealousy by the village’s other artist? Now, two years later, Craig’s fiancée hopes ex-police detective Michael McLaren can find out. From speaking to villagers, McLaren quickly realizes that what appears to be a straightforward investigation is fast becoming as tangled as fishing lines. Are the fish poaching incidents, the reappearance of the local ghost, and assaults on him merely to muddy the investigative waters, or are they connected to Craig’s death? …
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The line between good and evil isn’t always clear…
Detective Madison Knight has risked her badge—and her life—in the pursuit of justice before, and she just might need to do so again. Two victims are found murdered and naked in the home of Steven Malone, who is the largest contributor to the Stiles PD. One victim is his wife. The other victim is a John Doe. This high-profile double homicide immediately pits Madison against her sergeant, who seems more intent on protecting the Malones’ reputation and retaining a benefactor than catching a killer.
Madison will need to pull on her tenacity and courage if she’s going to follow the evidence without prejudice. In the process, it becomes clear…