Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead
David C. Cook (September 1, 2014)
Diane Noble


Award-winning novelist Diane Noble writes stories that tap into the secrets of the heart.

With more than a quarter million books in print, Diane feels incredibly blessed to be doing what she loves best—writing the stories of her heart.

For the last three years Diane has been honored to be lead author for the popular Guideposts series, Mystery and the Minister’s Wife (Through the Fire, Angels Undercover), and has recently returned to writing historical fiction. She recently finished writing book two of her new historical series, The Brides of Gabriel. Book one, The Sister Wife, and book 2, The Betrayal, which are published by Harper Collins/Avon Inspire, are now in bookstores.

Now empty nesters, Diane and her husband live in the Southern California low desert, near a place known for the lush and beautiful gated communities of the rich and famous.


She’s Passionate about Solving the Case ... with the Town’s Life-Long Bachelor

El Littllefield runs The Butler Did It catering. It’s the perfect cover for her to solve “who-done-its” (nothing too dangerous, please!) in this small university town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While catering her most important event yet—a fancy retirement dinner for Dr. Max Haverhill, life-long bachelor and history dean—countless guests fall ill, a 200 year-old relic is stolen, and her best friend vanishes. All in the first hour.

As El and Max race to solve the mystery, they discover there’s more to their relationship than simply solving the case. Welcome to Eden’s Bridge—the perfect small town setting for big intrigue, romance, and humor.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead, go HERE

My review:
  I have not read a book by Diane Noble in years, and remembered her as being a good author, so I requested this book. It did not disappoint. This is a fun and humorous type of mystery. The main characters are older than in most mystery books - 60-ish, and although there was a lot of danger and suspense, it wasn't what I would call close to scary. I couldn't put it down once I got pulled into it and enjoyed every page of it.

 Books intrigue me that have a historical slant in it, and this one did. As far as I know, the figurehead in the story was totally fictional, but what it was connected with was not, so that made for an interesting angle.

 I've never been a fan of first person style of writing, but this book went back and forth between first and third person in a way that made the book more enjoyable to read than if it had just been first person the whole way through.

 I'd definitely recommend this book, even to those who don't normally read mystery and suspense. It is a truly fun read.