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

Overview

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
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
108,441
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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Live Free Or Die 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jessie Crockett has done, she has revived the essence of a great cozy mystery. I love the book; the small town essence as greatly portrayed and Gwen is a work of art. This book would be great for a mini-series. I am looking forward to the next book on this series.
Sandy Callahan More than 1 year ago
occasionally got a little lost as to who was speaking but overall very enjoyable. interesting whodunit with a good mix of humor. wish i could find more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very easy to read. Believable characters living in a small town. Lighthearted and funny even though a murder. Keeps you guessing till the end.
WolfCH More than 1 year ago
This mystery novel 'Live Free or Die' is an excellent example of a who done it novel which keeps you guessing throughout with an ending which grips you to the core. A real heroine comes out in the end which thoroughly satisfying. A must ready for all mystery buffs.
boomer47 More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll admit it. I bought this because it was a bargain, and so I was willing to try an unknown writer. Now I wish their were more books by her! This is a more-plausible-than-usual cozy mystery. No cats, caterers, or housewives solve mysteries the cops cannot. The small town setting and characters were highly believable to this very urban reviewer. The demographic most likely to enjoy this are females of or near the boomer generation.
DiserningReader More than 1 year ago
It is always a pleasure to find a new (or new to me) author who writes well, has interesting, likeable characters and a good story line. I will be looking forward to new books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this is a short book it is very good and will have you cheering the heroine on at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very rarely do I rate a book five plus stars and this is one of them. Good mystery and the characters are nicely developed. I hope there are many more books in this series. My new favorite author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Danger & humour in an easy read. The only quibble I have is that the police don' t do much besides accuse foreigners of committing crimes & the fire fighters do all the sleuthing. However, I liked that small town racism & bigotry were included, since that was believable, and that the main character does her best to counter those attitudes in practical ways. She sticks up for the foreigners & befriends them without worrying what others think of her, while keeping an open mind as to the identity/ies of the arsonist & murderer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is for someone who wants a casual, relaxing book. It isn't intense, but it was an interesting look at small-town life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good! Saved to read again later.
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This book is really cool
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It's so incredible I don't got no words to descibe it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leaves you wanting more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I could not put it down, and read it in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the storeyline, the characters, and the surprise as to who done it! Good job.
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