Misstep (The Road’s End Series Book 1) by Deborah Dee Harper

Strangest Town on Earth

Pastor Hugh Foster: His heart was in the right place, even if, in hindsight, it appeared he’d clearly taken leave of his senses.

It’s December in Road’s End, Virginia, a tiny town long forgotten by anyone but its residents, where Colonel Hugh Foster and his wife, Melanie, have chosen to live—for better or worse. The jury’s still out on that one!

Road’s End is comprised entirely of senior citizens whose kids have grown and left for greener pastures. Hugh, Melanie, and Bristol (one of the few sane people in town) are faced with a crumbling church in desperate need of repair and renovation, a dwindling congregation of opinionated, ornery senior citizens, and a camel—yes, a camel. And if that’s not enough, the trio and the rest of the Road’s End residents are soon mired in danger and intrigue when a group of gun-toting drug dealers arrive in town, bent on killing the church handyman, and conspiring to ruin the doggonedest record-breaking blizzard the town has ever seen.
Poor drug dealers.

My Review

Misstep, by Deborah Harper, is a cozy mystery. However, it is unlike any cozy mystery I have ever read!

I enjoyed getting to know the seniors of Roads End, Virginia. The city has continued to lose residents until the overwhelming majority are seniors, along with a peep of chickens-which are a set of characters in and of themselves!

I quickly became engrossed in the novel. I held my breath as things started hopping, but then, I was laughing so hard tears were running down my cheeks. I could not believe that in the midst of some dire circumstances, such laughable moments could occur. Nonetheless, they did!!

One of the most touching moments, once a few kinks were worked out, was the Nativity scene. The quietness and breathtaking beauty of a record-breaking blizzard added to the solemnity of the occasion.

The ingenuity of the townspeople, the kindness of the new pastor and his wife and the story behind the reclusive old maid made me wish I could live in Road’s End, or at least visit there.

I am looking forward to reading more stories about Road’s End and the delightfully quirky locals who live there.

I received this book from CelebrateLit. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

About the Author

Deborah Dee Harper writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and specializes in humorous, inspirational Christian books for both children and adults. Her novel, Misstep, is the first book in her Road’s End series for adults (although children are welcome to read them as well). She’s also written a children’s adventure series, Laramie on the Lam, that is inspirational, humorous, and full of fun. (Many of Laramie’s fans are adults!)
Her website is at www.deborahdeeharper.com.
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2r0ffwD

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To Be Released June 15, 2018-‘Til Dice Do Us Part (Bunco Biddies Mystery Book 4) by Julie B Cosgrove

Publisher’s Summary

As the Bunco Biddies decorate for a wedding shower, Ethel falls from a ladder, is rushed to the ER, and from beyond the curtained divider, overhears a hushed conversation about a crime.

When the Bunco Biddies get the antsy groom involved in their sleuthing, his chances of making it to the church dwindle, and that’s when the way to the altar gets dicey.

Bunco Biddies Mysteries Synopsis 

Clean, fun reads with a Christian flavor

Three widows who live in a Sunset Acres retirement community host Bunco games every Thursday evening. Betsy Ann, a retired reporter for the Alamoville, Texas community newspaper, considers herself a seasoned reporter, due to her column in the Garden and Home section. Janie is the widow of a police detective. Ethel, a cozy mystery aficionado, can recite each episode of Murder She Wrote and Columbo by heart. She meticulously catalogs all the who-dunnits she has read by how the murders were committed. So naturally, when their neighbors start reporting bodies, the three hop into action, despite the fact that Janie’s son-in-law is Alamoville’s very competent homicide detective,

Murder Comes by Mail (The Hidden Springs Mysteries Book #2) by A. H. Gabhart

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About the Book

A Cozy Mystery Complete with a Small Town Full of Charming, Quirky Characters

Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane doesn’t particularly enjoy being touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River bridge in front of dozens of witnesses–a few of whom caught the breathtaking moments with their cameras. But the media hype doesn’t last long as a new story pushes its way into the public consciousness of Hidden Springs’ concerned citizens.

Photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail, and Michael becomes convinced she was murdered by the man he saved. With a killer one step ahead, things in Hidden Springs begin to unravel. Now Michael must protect the people he loves–because the killer could be targeting one of them next.

Readers will love racing along with Deputy Sheriff Keane as the clock ticks in this page-turning mystery.

My Review

Sheriff Michael Keane loves his Aunt Lindy and doesn’t want to disappoint her, even if he prefers not to help her. Nevertheless, he helps her and things go downhill from there.

First, while taking a group of Sunday school seniors to a play in a nearby town, he has lots of trouble with the old church bus. Then he has to talk a potentially suicidal person off a bridge, and to make matters worse, the local newshound shows up to take a plethora of photos. However, what Michael doesn’t know is that these are the least of his worries.

Returning to Hidden Springs and becoming reacquainted with the townspeople was delightful, and you get to know and love the people even more. Consequently, when some of the individuals are threatened, you want justice.

The story is written in a swiftly moving pace, primarily from Sheriff Keane’s point of view, and pulls you in, keeping you guessing about the identity of the murderer until the very end.

I generally refrain from reading murder mysteries; however, I had read A. H. Gabhart’s (aka Ann Gabhart) other books in contemporary novels and Shaker historical fiction and really enjoyed them.  So, when the opportunity arose for me to review her mysteries, I decided to read them, and I’m glad I did.

If you like suspenseful, psychological page-turners, then you are sure to enjoy Murder Comes by Mail; even though it is the second book in a series, you won’t be lost if you read it first.

Murder Comes by Mail is a little more intense and graphic than book one, Murder at the Courthouse (see my review: https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/4607), but don’t let that stop you from reading it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was under no obligation to post a review.

Tuesday’s Tale Tail

Paint Me a Murder, (Christian Cozy Mystery) (A Dressed for Death Mystery Book 3) begins approximately 2 years after A String of Murders (Christian Cozy Mystery) (A Dressed For Death Mystery Book 2).

Cici Wilde, owner of Cici’s Vintage Clothing in Dry Gulch, Oklahoma, is now married to Audie Howe, and is expecting their first child.

CiCi is made privy to a long-held secret just before another murder occurs in Dry Gulch. In addition, the artist commissioned to do the mural for the opening of Grace Gulch Center for the Arts has disappeared.

Cici is drawn into solving another mystery, despite her trepidation. As she gets closer to solving the mystery, her baby sister, Dina, becomes the second person to disappear in Dry Gulch. In addition, Cici begins receiving threats on her and her unborn baby’s lives.

Cici, overwhelmed by raging hormones, is near collapse. It doesn’t help, either, that her seemingly judgmental mother-in-law has decided to take up residence in her and Audie’s home until the baby is born. Cici feels as if she can do nothing right, and Audie’s over the top enthusiasm for his mother’s cooking sets Cici on edge.

Will she be able to solve the mystery in time to find her sister? Will she and her baby remain safe?

The third and final sequel in A Dressed for Death Mystery Series is equally hard to put down. Author Darlene Franklin composes a story so well that you can’t help but fall in love with her characters’ eccentricities and idiosyncrasies. Her ability to intertwine mystery and history together creates a fascinating tale.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Darlene Franklin.

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