Lucie's Review: A delightfully humorous whodunit!
El Littefield is a caterer who solve mysteries on the side, and she is especially invested in this case as she is a prime suspect.
Her catering company "The Butler Did It" was serving a retirement dinner for Dr. Haverhill when half the guests starting throwing up and had to be sent to the hospital.On that same night the figurehead that Dr. Haverhill found is stolen, and El's best friend, Hyacinth, goes missing.
The story unfolds from the perspectives of the main characters. Besides Mrs. Littlefield's side of the story, which is told in first person, the other three perspectives are related in third person. So once I got used to the format, I found that is flowed wonderfully and kept the action going throughout the book.
I liked that the main characters in this book weren't the typical 20-somethings, this is a story about mature, middle-aged adults.
Overall this is a fun, entertaining read with lots of clues to uncover the real villain. There is great interaction between Max and El. Max is a strong man of good character and faith, who never married, and is surprised that at his age he has found someone he is interested in. A real page turner with a multi-layered mystery that keeps you guessing and take time to unravel.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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