#1: Payne and Misery
Great Christian Mystery
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this mystery! I can hardly wait to read the others in the series, and I have already told my mom that she has to read this book next. This is the kind of mystery book that is somewhat reminiscent of Miss Marple and Rear Window. Put all that together with living out in the country, a nosy neighbor, and a curious dog, and you have the things that contribute to an amazing mystery book. This is definitely a cozy, clean mystery. No sex nor profanity of any kind. It is suitable for all ages but will probably resonate more with mature adults (do I qualify to be in that group?)
What I loved best about the mystery was that just when you thought you might have it solved, the author throws in another twist that you may not have seen coming. I was proud of myself for figuring out much of the mystery, but the author still managed to surprise me on more than one occasion. I found myself so in tune with the characters that there were times I was glad no one else was around. I tend to get vocally involved with stories.
I also appreciated the fact that God plays a central role in the story. There were several strong messages in the book concerning spiritual things without being preachy. It's good to know that God even cares about solving a mystery. I've never seen characters in a mystery turn to God for guidance.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
December 29, 2013
Poor Christine Sterling has been moved by her husband away from her children and her friends. Now she seems to be spending her time snooping, and trying to guess why someone is doing what they are doing. Every time she goes anywhere she suspects someone. So when she sees something at her neighbors, she is off on her adventure. In my mind and her husbands, she does cross the line.
When you think things can't get any more dangerous with Christine, her beloved dog Molly disappears, along with her mysterious neighbor Lila. In the beginning, no one, including Jesse, her husband, believes her suspicions. Once Molly is gone, Jesse, and her friends rally for her. She still makes some bad decisions, and it will keep you on pins and needles. You feel like you are right there. You want to yell "get out of there" to Christine, its a wonder she doesn't get arrested.
Will Christine and Jesse be able to weather these storms, or will they be driven apart. Will Christine finally get her curiosity under control?
You will also find some great chuckles in this story. you will be very surprised at the lengths she goes to.
All in all a real enjoyable read!!
I received this book through Pump Your Book Publicity Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
April 25, 2013
Christine Sterling has a nose for trouble, and before giving trouble much thought she's in the thick of it. She can concoct a mystery from watching a handbag being filled with leftover food. Her husband, Jesse, finds her insatiable curiosity tiresome, and takes off on long weekends to horsemanship events. A bit too observant in her spare time Christine conjures up scenarios that Jesse discounts as an overactive imagination until events lead to the mysterious disappearance of their dog.
Ed and Zora Jane Callahan are friends as well as neighbors. Much to Christine's annoyance Zora Jane has a penchant for prayer, which Christine perceives as a lack of seriousness regarding serious circumstances. Christine's imagination ruminates visions of suspicious activities in a neighboring house, and she persuades Zora Jane to accompany her to investigate. After discovering an anorexic appearing, unkempt woman at the house the suspense develops. One bizarre event leads to more serious consequences, and Christine increases the tempo in her quest for answers to bewildering questions.
"Payne & Misery" runs the gamut regarding relationship issues coinciding with an increasing perpetual suspense! Jesse and Christine are participating in their own activities with little quality time spent together. As the story develops, and Jesse becomes involved with Christine's concerns in the suspicious activities in the neighborhood, he and Christine rekindle a closer relationship, learning to pray together, and lean on one another, building a stronger marriage and faith. Ed and Zora Jane become more actively involved in the bizarre activities at the neighboring house, and as concerns turn into possible criminal activity the couples become a support system for one another. Zora Jane's propensity to pray impacts Christine's life, bringing her to discern the power of prayer and the positive effects that are produced.
Catherine Leggitt is a masterful suspense author. This book was a complete surprise to me! Having won it in a contest some time ago, I virtually knew nothing about the book before I opened it up and began to read. "Payne & Misery" is not a book that you can put down to go for a walk or clean the house! This book is filled with suspense, just the right amount of humor, descriptive qualities that paint crisp distinct images, and a developing Christian theme that culminates in reconciliation. I highly recommend this fast-paced, suspense-filled, touching story of restored relationships, lessons in discernment, and resolution.
Disclaimer: For the purposes of FTC compliance, I hereby state that I have no vested financial interest in this book, and I have received no monetary compensation from the author or publisher. I won a copy of this book in a contest by the author for the purpose of my honest review.
April 3, 2013
A Great Mystery And A Lot Of Fun
Catherine Leggitt in her new book, "Payne & Misery" Book One in the Christine Sterling Mystery series published by WestBow Press takes us into the life of Christine Sterling.
From the back cover: Christine Sterling's loneliness reduces her to snooping on neighbors she's never seen. When her newly retired husband, Jesse, becomes obsessed with a hobby requiring long weekends away, Christine inserts herself into the wrong place at the wrong time-a sure recipe for disaster. Add Christine's dubious "gift" of observation, a super-sized need to rescue , and a double dose of imagination. Sprinkle with peculiar circumstances lurking just down the hill and what do you get? Not the glittering paradise of togetherness Jesse promised their "Golden Years" would be. You get trouble. Big trouble.
Christine Sterling has developed a reputation for jumping to wild conclusions. With such an imagination, who is likely to take her seriously when she discovers a bruised and neglected neighbor named Lila Payne? Try as she might, she cannot interest anyone in Lila's dire need for immediate rescue. Something about crying wolf once too often.
But then Lila and Christine's beloved dog Molly both disappear the same night.
If no one will help her, she must find Lila and Molly herself. Heedless of possible consequences, Christine dives headfirst into a dark pool swirling with muddy secrets and misery. Her best friend throws her a lifesaver of prayer and soon she begins to sense God at work. But even with God's help, can Lila and Molly be saved before it's too late?
I grew up reading the mysteries of Ellery Queen and Agatha Christie as well as quite a few others. When these greats died sadly it seemed there was no one to step up and take their place. For quite a while it seems. Hurrah, the vacuum is filled Catherine Leggit has stepped up to the plate and written a really dandy mystery worthy of the those greats from years ago. Christine Sterling is lonely and bored and in dire need of human companionship. So she takes to snooping to ease her need, however that all backs up in her face and gives her a somewhat less than stellar reputation. Then she meets Lila Payne who really needs help but it is too late no one will believe Christine. Now both Lila and Christine's dog have gone missing and it is up to Christine to solve the mystery quickly before it is too late. "Payne & Misery" is a lot of fun, starting with the clever title. Christine Sterling is just the perfect heroine, she is somewhat similar to Jessica Fletcher from "Murder, She Wrote" but not quite. The mystery will keep you guessing and the suspense will keep you flipping pages. Get all your chores out of the way before you sit down to read this book. You will want your cup of tea and peace and quiet as you spend the time hanging out with Christine Sterling. You will be glad you did. I am glad I found this talented author and am already looking forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
March 27, 2013