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Posted June 9, 2013
Glory Harper, who is 52 years old and was first introduced in The Case of the Bouncing Grandma where she saw a foot hanging out of a rolled up carpet which resulted in her helping to solve a murder mystery, lives in Tarryton, MO, where she works at the local college. Her older sister, Jane Calvin, is a school teacher and lives with Glory since her own house mysteriously burned down. Both women are widows. Glory’s daughter Andi and grandson Seth live nearby. Andi’s husband Jared is deployed oversees. While Glory and Jane are on a walking trail, their dog Misty finds a severed hand, and the signet ring indicates that it belongs to a missing college professor, Zeke Wallace, who caused a lot of trouble around town before he disappeared.
Thus, Glory has another mystery to solve. But she must also deal with the fact that sister Jane is overwhelmed by trouble with her pediatrician fiancé Steven (“Dr. Dreamboat”) and his newly discovered daughter Becca. In addition, Glory herself is fired from her job, and must consider her budding relationship Detective Rick Spencer (“Blue Eyes”) who is in charge of the investigation and objects to Glory’s pursuit of information. And there is the involvement of Renee Brent, a lawyer with the radical Coalition for Civil Rights, an ACLU-type organization with which Wallace has been working. Then, when it is learned that Wallace was blackmailing people and even was related to someone in town, all of a sudden there is a plethora of suspects. And the mystified coroner can’t even determine a cause of death. So who killed Wallace and why?
Author A. K. Arenz is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, so I was a bit surprised at all the references to having affairs, people “sleeping with” other people, out-of-wedlock births, even rape. To be fair, all such things are presented more or less tastefully as sin needing repentance, and at least in one case there is an emphasis on seeking and granting forgiveness for past mistakes. Relying on faith in God to help in difficult situations is also stressed on several occasions, and church is a regular part of these people’s lives. Also good family relationships are portrayed. Besides a few common euphemisms (e.g., heck), there are a couple of incidents where some of the “bad guys” use the word hell as an exclamation or curse. Thus, the book is not for young children. But teens and adults who like semi-humorous, somewhat light-hearted murder mysteries, ala Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote, that are generally clean and wholesome should enjoy it. I did notice that Becca had been homeschooled and her new grandmother was planning to continue doing so.
Romance, mystery, intrigue ... and a sassy chick who just happens to be a Grandmother. I love A.K. Arenz and her talent for offering her readers top notch mysteries and down-to-earth settings. This book features Glory Harper once again as the energy-driven grandmother. Her penchant for finding trouble is second only to her desire to follow God in all his plans for she and her family -- a family who just might be growing if handsome Detective Rick Spencer has anything to say about it.
When Glory and her sister, Jane, discover the severed hand of Professor Zeke Wallace while on a walk, Detective Spencer is called in and the sparks begin flying between he and Glory. The tension is well-paced and the writing is superb. Don't let the cover fool you. This is a first-rate read from beginning to end. The relationships in the book are not only timely but touching and real. I loved it and can't wait for book three in the Bouncing Grandma Mystery Series - Mirrored image. A.K. Arenz is definitely a person of interest!
Posted November 12, 2009
Arenz is just getting better. Loved The Case of the Bouncing Grandma, but this is an even better story. A great combination of a murder-mystery and humor. Despite the corny covers, these are definitely books for adults of all ages as many things would be lost on kids. I hope there is a third in the series coming soon!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2009
Glory Harper is a widowed grandmother with plenty of spunk, and keen sense of humor who is fast earning a reputation for attracting danger. Murder, mayhem, blackmail, arson, and more than a little attraction between Glory and Detective Rick Spencer make for an entertaining light mystery. Every character rings true-to-life and makes the layers of mystery all the more intriguing. I would never have imagined that a story ranging from murder to restoration and forgiveness could also make me laugh out loud. A fun read that keeps you guessing - and wanting to go back for more of A.K. Arenz and the bouncing grandma.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 29, 2009
A walk in the park with a playful puppy that unearths a severed hand would send most people screaming away in horror. Not Glory Harper. The gutsy grandma is back and ready to rise to the challenge of another adventure.
Professor Zeke Wallace is missing, and Glory finds herself right in the middle of the search for a solution to the mystery. It doesn't take long for her to discover that the God-bashing professor had more than his share of adoring female companions along with a host of other secrets.
When Glory loses her job, she gains an unlikely ally in her effort to piece together the puzzle surrounding the professor's death. As she digs deeper into the clues that reveal the life of the unscrupulous professor, she puts her own life and that of her loved ones in danger. Always close by and keeping an eye out for the middle-aged sleuth's safety is love interest Rick Spencer, her beautiful blue-eyed detective friend, who doesn't always appreciate her involvement in the case.
The author shows us her characters with such realistic interaction that the reader can identify with then as people they encounter in their own communities. She captures the warmth of small town Tarryton as viewed through Glory's eyes, yet bravely explores its imperfections as Glory delves into the motives behind those responsible for blackmail, arson, and murder.
Ms Arenz has again succeeded in bringing us a delightful tale of mystery and suspense mixed with a dash of humor and a generous helping of family loyalty.
Posted October 20, 2009
Oh dear Bouncing Grandma, Glory Harper is at it again. Right in the middle of a mess! How in the world she gets into these kind of messes, is beyond her wildest imagination, but there she is.
While walking with her sister and her new puppy, the puppy makes a grisly discovery. A human hand. The authorities are called, Glory knows immediately who the hand belongs to. A nasty professor at the college where she works. A man always causing trouble.
Burned down houses, attempted arson, stifling or trying to intimidate people to vote for ordinances against freedom of religion, womanizing, just what all had the victim been involved in. It was truly looking like his character was worse than everyone thought. Glory and the victim's half-sister keep their eyes and ears open. Unraveling this mess is a big job.
While snooping around she discovers things that could implicate some of her friends and even her own family members. Follow along as Glory tries to stay on the right side of the law, while she snoops even further. Watch as romance blossoms between Glory and Blue Eyes, the detective on the case.
A really good book, that kept my interest from front to finish. Most definitely a book to share with others. 368 pages $12.99 US 4 stars.
A.K. Arenz, mother of two grown daughters and grandmother to three grands, has been writing since she was a child. A member of the ACFW, she often serves as a judge in Book of the Year and Genesis contests. Residing in Missouri with her husband, she is owned by her two Himalayan cats. Most definitely an author to add to your favorite list.
The Case of the Mystified M.D. is even better than the first book, The Case of the Bouncing Grandma. It's a great mystery/suspense. It is a fast, fun, entertaining read by a talented author. Can't wait for the next book!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Anyone who enjoys a whodunit where almost anyone in town could be a suspect will love The Case of the Mystified M.D.
Give the ever-curious Glory Harper a hand . . . and you can bet there'll be a body close by. When Glory's dog drops the severed hand at her feet, and it has the missing professor ring on it, she calls ole blue-eyes, her favorite lawman in the Midwestern college town of Tarryton.
As usual, Glory collects facts around town as fast as she seems to collect trouble. She gets fired. Her sister gets accused of threatening the professor with a gun. And she uncovers multiple suspects whom the professor had been blackmailing.
Get ready for an exciting trip with the bouncing grandma through small town America, where nothing is as it seems.
Posted May 28, 2012
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