Live Free or Die

Live Free or Die

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by Jessie Crockett
     
 

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The way she sees it, volunteer fire chief Gwen Fifield’s life is about as good as can be. Sure, she’s gained twenty pounds and her property taxes increased just in time for Christmas. But, her basement didn’t flood with the fall rains for the first time in years and the general store has started delivering pizza. Yup, by Winslow Falls, NH…  See more details below

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The way she sees it, volunteer fire chief Gwen Fifield’s life is about as good as can be. Sure, she’s gained twenty pounds and her property taxes increased just in time for Christmas. But, her basement didn’t flood with the fall rains for the first time in years and the general store has started delivering pizza. Yup, by Winslow Falls, NH standards it’s pretty darn good. That is, until an arsonist lets loose in the village and Gwen finds a body sizzled like a sausage in the smoldering remains of the local museum.
With more experience handing out burn permits than solving arsons Gwen is eager to turn over the case to State Fire Marshal’s Investigator Hugh Larsen. But things are seldom that easy; Hugh needs her take on the villagers just as much as she needs him in order to solve the case.
Fortunately for the townspeople, a newly arrived immigrant family provides ideal suspects. When an artifact from the burnt museum shows up in the possession of one of the foreigners, the town readily blames the “people from away”. But clues from the past convince Gwen the town she’s always trusted is harboring a home-grown murderer.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Small towns seem so peaceful and nice, until their dark secrets are revealed. "Live Free or Die: A Granite State Mystery" tells the story of volunteer fire chief Gwen Fifield as she pits herself against an arsonist in her small town of Winslow Falls, New Hampshire. When the populace blames immigrants, she finds that it may not be the outsiders, but someone with a darker history. "Live Free or Die" is an intriguing mystery, not to be missed.
Barbara Heming
In her debut novel, Jessie Crockett creates the world of a tiny New Hampshire town, Winslow Falls, populated by a plucky middle-aged sleuth and a delightful cast of quirky townspeople.
What raises this novel above the usual light cozy is Crockett's ability to draw a parallel between the quickness with which the citizens of Winslow Falls blame the outsiders, the immigrants, and the same attitude in the 19th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012269133
Publisher:
Mainly Murder Press
Publication date:
03/09/2011
Series:
The Granite State Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
159,535
File size:
181 KB

Meet the Author

A nearly life-long resident of the Granite State, Jessie naturally adores black flies, 98% humidity, killing frosts in August and snow banks taller than the average grandmother. When not working on her next murderous adventure she enthusiastically putters in her greenhouse, designs bento lunches and throws parties. She delights in mentoring young writers at the local elementary school. Jessie lives with her dark and mysterious husband and exuberant children in a village so small most other New Hampshire residents have never heard of it. Hearing from readers makes the winters seem shorter so please drop by for a visit at jessiecrockett.com.

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