Clemens Judy To Thine Own Self Be True

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To Thine Own Self Be True

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Stella Crown rarely takes a break from managing her Pennsylvania dairy farm unless it's to take a spin on her Harley, but in the midst of the Christmas season she treats herself to a new tattoo. Halfway through the sitting at Wolf Ink, her tattoo artist and his wife, Mandy, disappear into the back room and Stella dozes off. When she awakes, annoyed to realize they've not come back, she drives home. Before long the police arrive to inform her that Mandy has been discovered dead - knocked out and left to freeze behind the tattoo parlor. And Wolf is nowhere to be found. Angry and guilt-stricken that she hasn't protected her friends, Stella - something of a suspect herself - sets out to assist the cops and rescue the missing Wolf. With the help of another tattoo artist and an old flame who's arrived at the farm, Stella dives into the world of tattooing, where she finds not only a close-knit and knowledgeable community, but also its underworld of back alley hacks, stolen designs, and violent patrons, plus some looming and controversial state legislation. Stella, stymied by more suspects than answers, is dragged yet again into a realm full of greed and danger when all she wants is to be left alone to run her farm and figure out the rest of her life. Wiser now, she also knows that to be true to herself, she must first do everything in her power to get Wolf back where he belongs.

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Judy Clemens lived in southeastern Pennsylvania for almost ten years, but now resides on a farm in Ohio with her husband and two children where their livestock consists of three housecats. When not writing or chasing after her kids, Judy can be found taking long walks beside corn or soybean fields. Till the Cows Come Home is her first novel.

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""While Stella Crown is getting a new tattoo, her tattoo artist is called into the back room by his wife, Mandy. Exhausted from managing her Pennyslvania
dairy farm, Stella falls asleep. When she wakes up, the tattoo parlor is empty, so Stella goes home. Later that evening the police arrive to tell her that Mandy is dead, and Wolf, the tattoo artist, is missing. Describing the polar opposite worlds of the tattoo parlor and dairy farm, Clemens writes about a woman comfortable in both but unable to handle her own emotions. If only caring about people were as easy for Stella as riding a Harley or hooking up a milking machine. Featuring fast-paced prose and well-drawn
characters who are mostly good people who help each other, Clemens's mystery also paints a complete picture of the hard work that goes into farming while
educating the reader on the rules and regulations governing the tattoo business. The third entry in Clemens's Stella Crown series (after the Agatha
Award-winning Till the Cows Come Home, 2004, and Three Can Keep a Secret, 2005) won't disappoint fans of the first two books. Strongly recommended"" --Library Journal Starred Review


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