All that sparks is not gold for Christine Sterling. The luster of
her shiny "Golden Years" dream fades when Christines newly retired husband,
Jesse, succumbs to an exciting new hobby requiring long weekends away. Add to
this dilemma Christines dubious "gift" of observation, a super-sized helping of
free time, and a double dose of imagination. Sprinkle with peculiar
circumstances lurking in the neighborhood and what do you get? Not the
glittering paradise of togetherness Jesse promised. You get trouble. Big
trouble. Christine has already developed a bad reputation for conjuring wild
tales to explain ordinary occurrences. 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 Lilas dire need for immediate rescue.
Something about crying wolf once too often. But when Lila and Christines
beloved Border collie Molly both disappear the same night, Christine dives
headfirst into a dark pool swirling with muddy secrets and misery. Her best
friend throws her a lifesaver of prayer and she begins to sense God at work in
the situation. But even with Gods help, can they save Lila and Molly before it
is too late?
Catherine Leggitt is author of the cozy mystery
series, Christine Sterling Mysteries. She is also an inspirational speaker
presently residing in northern California. During her first career--after
raising children and before caring for her aging parents--Catherine worked as an
elementary school teacher, where she developed her flair for playacting and
storytelling. Struggling with retirement, Catherine needed a distraction and
found it at her keyboard.
Catherine is mother of three and grandmother of
six. When she isn't writing or playing with the grandchildren, she sings in the
church choir, attends Bible Study Fellowship, and prepares for her next move.
After surviving nine moves in twenty five years, it's only a matter of time
before her husband, Bob (who must be part gypsy) gets the urge to pack up and
relocate one more time. Catherine limps along with these moves, grateful for the
opportunities to keep from accumulating more stuff than Bob will want to
Payne & Misery, the first in the Christine Sterling Mystery
series, won second place at the Orange County Christian Writer's Conference in
2010. In 2012, Ellechor Publishing House published the series. In Payne &
Misery, Christine learns that pain is inevitable but misery is a choice while
unofficially investigating the disappearance of her neglected and abused
neighbor, Lila Payne. The second book, The Dunn Deal, finds Christine dealing
with the nature of Truth as she investigates the murder of Deputy Baxter Dunn.
In the third book, Parrish the Thought, Christine comes to terms with her own
prejudiced heart while trying to rescue a teenager accused of murdering Nevada
City matron, Bessie Parrish. Parrish the Thought placed in the quarter finals of
the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest.
This was the first book by Catherine, I have read. I loved it. I
really like a good mystery and she can sure write a good page turner. I love the
added story of the border collie, I am a big dog lover.
Catherine is an author to watch out for, she can sure write a story
that keeps your attention to the very end.
I can not wait to read they other two books in this
I give this book 4 stars
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest