Hero's Journey (Novella)

Hero's Journey (Novella)

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by Joyce and Jim Lavene, J. J. Cook

A hot dog and a hot head are on the loose in Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, and it’s up to Fire Chief Stella Griffin to collar them both...

The Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade’s newly adopted Dalmatian puppy, Hero, is missing. Stella believes he just wandered away from her cabin and got lost. But despite posters and searches by the fire brigade and…  See more details below


A hot dog and a hot head are on the loose in Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, and it’s up to Fire Chief Stella Griffin to collar them both...

The Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade’s newly adopted Dalmatian puppy, Hero, is missing. Stella believes he just wandered away from her cabin and got lost. But despite posters and searches by the fire brigade and spotty sightings by locals, there are no leads, and the furry fire fighter has yet to return.

Stella is already worried with a series of progressively dangerous arson fires plaguing Sweet Pepper. And oddly enough, Hero’s appearances are coinciding with the fires. Now with the help of the ghost of Sweet Pepper’s former fire chief, Stella will have to dig up some clues if she hopes to find the pup before he’s lost for good—and find the arsonist before someone loses a life.

Includes a preview of the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery, Playing with Fire

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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
We met Stella Griffin in That Old Flame of Mine, the first installment of this series, back in April. Stella accepted a temporary position in Sweet Pepper to train the local residents to be firefighters. The former fire chief had passed away and she needed to get out of Chicago and away from her cheating boyfriend. She starts to think maybe Chicago was better than one of her current roommates, a dalmatian puppy named Hero, and the ghost of Eric Gamlyn, the former fire chief. She loves Hero but living with a ghost is a major adjustment. In this novella, Hero disappears and while everyone is searching for him they also have to deal with a string of fires and burglaries. The strange thing is Hero been seen at these fires but is gone by the time Stella and the other firefighters arrive. The fires also appear to be deliberately set. So now Stella is not just looking for her lost dog but an arsonist too. Dollycas’s Thoughts Being a daughter of a Fire Chief these stories just capture my heart. This novella was just what I needed to tide me over until Playing with Fire comes out January 7. We never had a dalmatian, even though I begged for one for years. Hero is a truly special dog and has earned his name. Stella is feeling more at home in Sweet Pepper and her relationship with a certain police officer seems to be growing. I continue to be drawn to Chief Gamlyn. I tend to forget he is ghost. He reminds me a lot of my dad who I miss each and every day. These authors know how to write characters readers love and root for, characters that engage us and pull us right into the story. Time to light the fire in the fireplace and curl up with this short cozy mystery. Enjoy!!
Tiggedy2 More than 1 year ago
HERO'S JOURNEY is a fantrastic addition to the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade series that started with THAT OLD FLAME OF MINE and will continue in Janurary with PLAYING WITH FIRE. Not only do we get to spend more time with Fire Chief Stella Griffin and former Chief, now ghost Eric Gamlyn and the rest of the brigade, but we get to learn more about our favorite Dalmation, Hero. A well told story with a great plot, the only this wrong with this story is that it is only a Novella!  A great job by J. J. Cook/Joyce and Jim Lavene
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Hero’s Journey by J.J. Cook Stella is the temporary Fire Chief in the small town of Sweet Pepper. She is training the volunteer firefighters to take over and run the station on their own. Stella’s roommate is a little cranky, but being a ghost I guess Eric is entitled. Eric was murdered and buried in the old fire station, Stella is trying to help solve the mystery of his death. Her other roommate Hero the Dalmatian from the local fire station has already earned his namesake even though he is still a puppy in training. The town of Sweet Pepper has had a series of burglaries and fires that has everyone stumped. The fire seem to be intentionally set. Then Hero is kidnapped but manages to rescues a little girl at a fire. Stella now has to find the lost dog and an arsonist too. Could Hero’s kidnapper be involved in these fires? The author J.J. Cook did a great job with this novella. I loved the quirky characters, they were lively, funny and full of personality. I give this great book 5 stars and can not wait for Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery, Playing with Fire to come out.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Stella Griffin has been transferred from Chicago and reassigned as the temporary Fire Chief for Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, to organize and train the voluntary fire department staff. The events in this novella take place shortly after "That Old Flame of Mine," the first book in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Series. Living with Stella in her mountain cabin is the new fire department mascot in training, an adorable dalmatian puppy named Hero. In this short novella (76 pages), Hero goes missing, but while Stella desperately hopes to find the lost puppy, she also needs to devote her attention to a suspected case of arson, one which may be tied to a series of burglaries plaguing the community. Did I mention that Stella also has a roommate, former Sweet Pepper fire chief Eric Gamlyn, who is helping her find Hero and solve the arson case. Of course, Eric has some limitations since he has been dead these past forty years. If you enjoy cozy mysteries with just a touch of the paranormal, be sure to check out the Sweet Pepper series. This novella offers just a brief taste of the series, but with enough interesting characters and plot to leave you wanting more. Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I stared at the twilight sky, watching the first crystalline stars appear. Where the sun was setting, the clouds were painted a burnt umber, the sky itself a swirl of red and blue. <p> As my eyes wandered, so did my thoughts. My emerald orbs caught on a sprinkle of dainty white dots high in space; they traced the exterior of the close galaxy, making me think of the rusting and broken ship lying oh so close to me in the barn. <p> How I longed to be mobile again, free to frolic with the swirling stardust and planets. Instead, I was locked away, unknown to the universe. <p> Once, I had known every star and every body of matter; now, all I knew was the arid, dusty red soil of this trap, living off of the sparse puddles and scraggly vegitation. <p> I swallowed, bringing myself back to the present. I jerked my eyes off the heavens above, focusing at my task at hand. <p> I turned the chipped shard of iron over in my palm before setting it against the hard ground. <p> Bringing the large rock held in my other hand over my head, I contemplated my decision in a split-second dilemma. <p> Resolve flooded my sense, bringing my hand heavily down on the makeshift chisel. <p> The sharp clang made me flinch, but I repeated the action multiple times, until a crack appeared in the surface of which I was working. <p> Holding my breath excitedly, I dropped the tools and began scrabbling at the fissure with my bare hands, tearing my skin in multiple places. The pain meant nothing to me, though. <p> The crack began to expand steadily, revealing a gaping entrance to a secret underworld. My mind devoid of a plan, I sat down at the edge of the hole and inched forward, turning over to where my legs dangled over the edge. <p> The ground groaned like a dying animal, but my ears were deaf to the warnings. With a rumbling snap, the soil on which I was relying crumbled, taking me and a slab of stone tumblin into the abyss below.
ltdtrains More than 1 year ago
light fluff, good breakfast read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a enjoyable short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago