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Wise-cracking guardian angel Augusta Goodnight is back. With warm muffins in hand, she stops down to help a lost soul solve her cousin's murder.
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Mignon F. Ballard lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with her husband. She is the author of the award-winning children's novel Aunt Matilda's Ghost as well as several acclaimed mysteries including Minerva Cries Murder and Raven Rock. Shadow of an Angel is the third book in her Augusta Goodnight mystery series.
Minda Hobbs goes home; her husband, Jarvis, is dead, and she seeks the comfort of her family and the family homeplace, fondly called the Nut House in Angel Heights, South Carolina. The terrific first sentence clues us in to the tone: "Things got off to a rotten start when I found Cousin Otto dead in the ladies' room." Humor, gentility, and understatement are the order of the day, even regarding the angel, Augusta Goodnight, who assists Minda not only in solving the mystery but also in returning to life and its comforts after Jarvis' death. The tenuous memories of old women, among them Vesta, Minda's grandmother, tie together a sewing circle of young women before World War I, a secret society with the symbol of a star enclosed in a flower, and a mysterious quilt that seems to have disappeared. How this all relates to the current day--and Cousin Otto's death--involves family secrets and lots of herb tea and angel-made muffins. Lighter than Augusta's nondescripts. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Book Description Berkley, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0425189481