Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead by Diane Noble

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 Littlefield 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.

My thoughts:

I'm not quite done with the book, but I am enjoying it. It's been a while since I've read something by Diane Noble and the title alone intrigued me. I know that the caliber of Diane's mysteries is top-notch and have had this book on my wish list and was excited to see it on the CFBA tour schedule.

She doesn't disappoint. The characters are great - from the endearing Professor Haverhill, to the loyal and sensible El Littlefield, and I certainly can't leave out the quirky and inquisitive Hyacinth Gilvertin! Her antics, while seemingly far-fetched at times but befitting her personality, were enough to keep me turning pages.

If you're a fan of Christian mysteries with a very light touch of romance like I am, then pick up this book. I was excited to read that this is the first of a three part series ... so I'm anticipating a return trip to Eden's Bridge.

My sincerest thanks to CFBA and David C Cook Publishing for generously providing a copy for review.

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

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