Death of an Ordinary Guy

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The village square is bathed in torchlight. Spectators huddle against the cold this November night, Guy Fawkes Night, in Upper Kingsleigh, England. Shadows encroach at the edge of the square, but faces are turned inward, all eyes focused on the four-hundred-year-old ceremony of the burning of a straw effigy of Guy Fawkes, a symbol of English freedom and national pride. The flaming torch extends to light the straw -- and the villagers recoil in horror. Twisting at the end of the rope is no straw-filled dummy. It's...
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The village square is bathed in torchlight. Spectators huddle against the cold this November night, Guy Fawkes Night, in Upper Kingsleigh, England. Shadows encroach at the edge of the square, but faces are turned inward, all eyes focused on the four-hundred-year-old ceremony of the burning of a straw effigy of Guy Fawkes, a symbol of English freedom and national pride. The flaming torch extends to light the straw -- and the villagers recoil in horror. Twisting at the end of the rope is no straw-filled dummy. It's the corpse of an American tourist.
This death ends an uneasy weekend. Friday saw Mischief Night -- an evening of pranks, much like trick-or-treat but without the treat. Saturday followed with the Graveyard Dole, the annual occasion for Talbot, the village odd-jobs man, to vociferously protest the current heir's eligibility to the financial gift. Unfortunately, Talbot's rightful claim as lawful beneficiary cannot be proved.
As Brenna digs into the convoluted relationships of the villagers, she becomes the target of frightening pranks. An effigy swings from the ceiling of her bedroom; a dead bird appears in her bathroom sink; photos of her with a noose drawn around her neck materialize on her bed. Are these the work of one of her harassing male colleagues, or a deadly warning to leave the case? Not only must Brenna solve this personal mystery while working on the two murders, but she must also sort out her conflicting emotions of trepidation and love for Chief Inspector Graham.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615863986
  • Publisher: Golden Harvest Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2013
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

A month-long trip to England during her college years introduced Jo to the joys of Things British. Since then, she has been lured back nearly a dozen times, and lived there during her professional folksinging stint. This intimate knowledge of Britain forms the backbone of both the Taylor & Graham mysteries and the McLaren cold case mystery series.
Jo's insistence for accuracy, from police methods and location layout to the general feel of the area, has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire for research. These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books.
In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English. She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.
Her cats Chaucer and Tennyson share her St. Louis home.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    If you like interesting characters that make a story grow and if

    If you like interesting characters that make a story grow and if you like characters that have so much personality you can't wait til the next book comes out, then you should read Jo Hiestand.  This series is as good as her McLaren series, humorous, a little sarcastic with characters thinking the very thoughts I wish I would have said if I'd been able to think of the words.  Don't miss her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    Death of an Ordinary Guy - terrific English novel

    Death of an Ordinary Guy by Jo A. Hiestand is a well developed English mystery with refreshing new characters who literally come to life on the page. Her skillfull descriptions not only give the reader the full experience of life (and murder!) in a small English village, Ms. Hiestand uses them to heighten the mood and atmosphere and increase suspense. I look forward to additional books with Brenna, Graham, and the rest of 'the coppers.' Great story. Great characters. A must read for everyone who likes British Mysteries. Diana L. Driver

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