Tuesday, September 16, 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

Book Review

I thought this book had the oddest name and cover when I picked it up.  Being a "judge a book by its cover" kind of girl, I didn't know what to think.   I was pleasantly surprised because I sat up and read it for almost two and a half hours the first night.  That wasn't good since I started reading at 11:30 and had to be up at 6:00 the next morning. 

El Littllefield runs "The Butler Did It" catering business which also doubles as a secret detective agency.    Unfortunately in this book her catering business becomes the source of scene of the crime and she has to put her skills to work to prove that she wasn't the one who "did it"!

There is also a thread of romance running through this book with El's friend, Max, who is a life long bachelor.  I loved this very sweet and appropriate romance.   This says it is a "Professor and Mrs. Littlefield Mystery" so I am hoping that there will be many more books in this series.  I can see this shaping up to be something kindred to the Mitford series, but in a more adventurous way.

Thank you to CFBA for providing me a complimentary copy of this book to read so I could review. 


Diane Noble said...

Deanna, I loved your review!! I had to laugh about your reaction to the cover -- I felt the same way when my publisher's art director ran it by me last summer. I didn't know what to think! lol. My publisher actually had to talk me into liking it. The funny thing is, I've had more comments and compliments about this cover than any of my (nearly 30) others. I call this my miracle book. For a time last winter I doubted that I would finish it. My husband suffered a massive stroke in December(during editing), and seeing him through recovery became my #1 priority. It was such a blessing to hold the book in my hands, a reminder of God's goodness and my gratitude that He was with us during those difficult few months. Thank you again for reading my book and posting such a wonderful review.

Deanna said...

Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. I hope and pray your husband is recovered.

So thankful for your "miracle book"! I hope you have many more.