Hark, the Herald Angel Screamed (Augusta Goodnight Series #7) [NOOK Book]


It’s Christmastime in the seemingly tranquil town of Stone’s Throw, South Carolina, but amid all the caroling, cookies, and cheer, a murderer casts a not-so-jolly pall on the holiday season.

Augusta Goodnight, guardian angel, sometime sleuth, and welcome boarder with longtime resident Lucy Nan Pilgrim, comes to the aid of her friends when, as Lucy Nan is searching for the perfect Christmas tree on her grandmother’s abandoned estate, a ...

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Hark, the Herald Angel Screamed (Augusta Goodnight Series #7)

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It’s Christmastime in the seemingly tranquil town of Stone’s Throw, South Carolina, but amid all the caroling, cookies, and cheer, a murderer casts a not-so-jolly pall on the holiday season.

Augusta Goodnight, guardian angel, sometime sleuth, and welcome boarder with longtime resident Lucy Nan Pilgrim, comes to the aid of her friends when, as Lucy Nan is searching for the perfect Christmas tree on her grandmother’s abandoned estate, a mysterious stranger plummets to his death from the mansion’s balcony. Lucy Nan can’t shake off childhood stories of the ghost of a girl who fell from the same spot long ago---has the ghost come back to haunt the living, or is there an all-too-human murderer at work?

Mysterious events are soon heating up faster than spiced punch left on the burner, and it will take Augusta’s help, not to mention some celestial Southern cooking, for peace to be restored and Christmas lights to shine once again in the little town of Stone’s Throw.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

At the start of Ballard's sweet seventh mystery to feature Lucy Nan Pilgrim and her guardian angel, Augusta Goodnight (after 2006's The Angel and the Jabberwocky Murders), the folks of Stone's Throw, S.C., are preparing for Christmas when Dexter Clark, a not very nice man with a criminal record, falls to his death from a balcony at Willowbrook, Lucy Nan's grandmother's plantation home. Then someone drugs Idonia Mae Culpepper, who'd begun dating town newcomer Melrose DuBois, and steals a locket DuBois had given her. Later, Opal Henshaw, DuBois's landlady, breaks her neck in a fall from a church balcony. Might Opal have known too much about the locket's provenance? Could Melrose be a thief and a killer? Augusta as always makes a delightful earthbound angel in a Southern cozy fragrant with holiday spices and, yes, a selection of enticing recipes. (Nov.)

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Library Journal

In the seventh entry (and first Christmas tale) of Ballard's cozy mystery series (Too Late for Angels), guardian angel Augusta Goodnight assists her earthly charges in solving a mysterious death. A stranger takes a fatal fall from a balcony, and rumors swirl-Was it murder, or are there ghosts at work? "Heavenly" recipes are included. For collections where the series is popular.

—Rebecca Vnuk
Kirkus Reviews
An antique locket holds the key to solving a murder. Christmas festivities are well underway in the quiet town of Stone's Throw, S.C., when a series of deaths spoil the holiday spirit. Lucy Nan Pilgrim, her guardian angel Augusta Goodnight and their friend Ellis Saxon are out looking for the perfect tree at Lucy Nan's old family farm, now unoccupied, when they find the body of man who apparently fell from the balcony. From a nearby cottage, Preacher Dave Tansey, his wife Louella and their troublesome son Jeremiah have been looking after the house, but they don't know the dead man, who remains unidentified. Lucy Nan and her pals are unhappy with their friend Idonia's new beau Melrose, especially when they spot the unusual locket he just gave her in a picture of the Tanseys' deceased daughter. When Melrose's landlady falls to her death from the church balcony, the amateur sleuths set to work to discover the truth and perhaps save their friend from a multiple murderer. The seventh in Ballard's Augusta Goodnight series (The Angel and the Jabberwocky Murders, 2006, etc.) is the same mixture as before: lots of recipes and Southern mores, with a mildly diverting mystery.
From the Publisher
“Ballard writes with great warmth and sassy humor.” —Publishers Weekly

“Ballard’s warmth and compassion for her characters makes this series a must for readers who like their mysteries on the cozy side.” —Publishers Weekly

“Light, bouncy prose, small-town Southern perspective and characters, and a most fetching angel...” —Library Journal

“[Ballard] keeps you reading with an offbeat succession of small-town characters and Augusta’s quirky warmth.” —The Charlotte Observer

“Mignon Ballard creates an entrancing world suffused with cozy Southern charm, female friendships, and intrigue…but the best is the strawberry-scented guardian angel Augusta, who adds a touch of wisdom and wit—-not to mention killer desserts.” —Sarah Strohmeyer, author of Sweet Love

“Augusta has got to be one of the cleverest and wittiest angels ever to grace a cozy mystery!” —The Baldwin [Kansas] Ledger

“Ballard’s inspiring series, featuring guardian angel Augusta Goodnight, deserves a golden halo.” —Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand Mysteries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429945295
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2008
  • Series: Augusta Goodnight Series , #7
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 497,781
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mignon F. Ballard grew up in a small town in Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism. She is the author of six previous mysteries featuring angelic sleuth Augusta Goodnight, The Christmas Cottage, an inspirational fantasy, and The War in Sallie’s Station, a novel about growing up in rural Georgia during World War II. She lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with her husband, Gene.

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  • Posted November 24, 2008

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    While everyone would probably like to have a Guardian Angel Lucy Nan Pilgrim of Stone's Throw, South Carolina actually has one. Mind you this is not just your garden variety Guardian Angel but it is Augusta Goodnight, a heavenly figure who often finds herself on terra firma in order to help straighten things out. She's a bit of a sleuth with an uncanny or unearthly knack for solving mysteries.<BR/><BR/> As Lucy Nan describes Augusta: "I must admit I had my doubts when she first showed up on my doorstep in her voluminous emerald cape, but there was something so right about her, something so good, I soon invited her into my life. I haven't regretted it."<BR/><BR/> Lucy Nan's friend, Ellis, is the only other person who can see and speak to Augusta. That's because as Augusta explained it Ellis could use a little looking after, too. <BR/><BR/> One day shortly before Christmas this trio is at Willowbrook, Lucy Nan's grandmother's deserted plantation house. They're looking for a tree and greenery to decorate the church. Augusta suffers from the cold ever since her winter at Valley Forge with George Washington, so she retires to the car in an effort to keep warm. Therefore, she's not on the spot when a body is found "in the center of the porch between two Doric columns." It appeared that the late unlamented Dexter Clark had fallen from the balcony as a railing was broken. <BR/><BR/> As if this were not enough of a puzzlement it is not long before Idonia Mae Culpepper is drugged and a locket that her gentleman friend, Melrose DuBois, has given her is stolen. Next, Opal Henshaw proprietress of a local B & B, The Spring Lamb, falls from a church balcony breaking her neck.<BR/><BR/> What a tangled web has been woven! If you've missed the first six Augusta Goodnight stories and like your mysteries mixed with warmth, humor, and recipes you'll not want to miss Hark! The Herald Angel Screamed. (The recipe for Aunt Eula's Lemonade Cake alone is well worth the price of the book!)<BR/><BR/> - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    A charming amateur sleuth urban fantasy

    Everyone¿s favorite Guardian Angel Augusta Goodnight is still staying with Lucy Nan Pilgrim in the small town of Stone¿s Throw, South Carolina. It is the Christmas season Augusta¿s favorite time of the year. She, Lucy and their friend Ellis seek the right tree for their church fellowship. They are looking on the grounds of Willowbrook, owned by Lucy¿s cousin, when they find a dead man on the porch below the mansion¿s balcony the guard rail is broken.--------------- While everyone tries to identify the John Doe, they are also happy for their friend Idonia who avoided love for years, but is involved with newcomer Melrose DuBois, who gave her a locket as a sign of his affection. When Lucy Nan and Ellis visit the caretakers of Willowbrook, the Tanseys, they see a picture of the couple¿s dead daughter wearing the same locket that Melrose gave to Idonia. The dead man is identified as Dexter Clark, the son in law of the Tansy¿s¿ dead daughter. Dexter¿s Aunt Opal Henshawe is also killed Lucy Nan and Ellis know the events are obviously related even Melrose¿s disappearance. However, what that connection is remains mysteriously unknown as they seek to identify a killer without becoming the next victims.---------------- Living up to her surname Augusta is the personification of goodness as she is able to make those in her circle feel better about themselves. While she cannot directly help find the culprit, Augusta assists Lucy, Nan, and Ellis on the quest. They each have an inner strength so when they team up, they can move mountains. Mignon F. Ballard is a wonderful storyteller who enchants her audience with this charming amateur sleuth urban fantasy.----------- Harriet Klausner

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