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Posted May 20, 2011
Jemma Chase learned what she knows about being a sleuth from CSI TV, but when she believes she's suspected of being involved in dog poisonings, that will have to serve. In her job (one of several it seems) as a trail guide on her parents' dude ranch, she stumbles upon a body left in the woods. Now things get more serious. She realizes she's learned things relevant to the murder case, but Detective Tucker doesn't want her help. It's romantic suspense as well as a mystery, of course they fight through most of the book and end up in each other's arms (after Tucker saves Jemma from a kidnapper.) Great first book of the series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2011
Dog poisonings, arson, petty thefts, what's next? Author Maggie Bishop and High Country Publishers bring us a new series tightly plotted and expertly told. Jemma Chase has retreated to her parents' Appalachian mountain guest ranch in North Carolina hoping to turn around her life and find some peace. Sounds straightforward considering the peaceful and natural beauty--then Detective Tucker from the county Sheriff's office starts to ask questions making Jemma feel like a suspect. Detective Tucker's just doing his job; the questions are routine, he's just trying to end the mini crime wave. But as the crimes escalate (in number and magnitude) and Jemma's amateur CSI investigations increase, he finds himself concerned about her safety.more so than with other victims. The founder of High Country Writers, Maggie Bishop can be reached at her website where you can arrange to attend one of her writer's workshops. Her new book featuring Jemma and Detective Tucker, "One Shot Too Many", will be available September 1, 2011.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2010
If you like your mystery with a touch of romance and in an interesting setting, this is the book for you. Maggie creates an interesting interplay between her protagoinst Jemma, and the cop who tries to outdo Jemma's sleuthing abilities. There is just the right amount of conflict and tension between these two would-be lovers to keep them on edge with one another and keep the reader reading on. An unique aspect to the book is not only its singular setting around Boone, North Carolina, but the insertion of pictures of Boone characters, horses at the dude ranch, the rugged countryside and some photos of Maggie herself. Yes, indeed, she knows horses and looks to be a fine rider. A great, fast read to take the reader away from everyday troubles into the mountains of the Eastern United States. It will make you wish you signed up for a week at the ranch, without the murder, of course.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jemma returns to her family's guest ranch in the Southern Appalachian Mountains in search of peace. Instead she becomes embroiled in the life of the area. First, it's dogs being poisoned, mail stolen, mysterious shots fired and finally, on a trail ride she's leading, her horse finds a body. Her interest in photography and passion for CSI TV shows lead her to become involved in the investigations beyond safety. Detective Tucker comes to the rescue, but not without a struggle.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 6, 2008
Maggie Bishop doesn't horse around with the plot: suspicion, greed, murder. She tosses in plenty of red herrings to keep the reader quessing. This books takes you to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Bishop's country, where the hooves meet the crooks. HIghly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2006
Maggie Bishop's new mystery romance, Murder at Blue Falls, is another delight, in the same breezy style as the two previous novels which have made her popular with whodunit fans. This time she gives us a dude ranch in the High Country of North Carolina, where the reader shares the tourists' fun as well as the escalating dangers from a situation fraught with peril. As the intrepid heroine fights to prove her innocence by finding the real villain, we are also treated to her budding romance with the detective who suspects her. Hard to put down, this book will surely expand the author's popularity. - Nora Percival, author of Weather of the Heart and Silver Pages on the LawnWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2006
This the third book I've read by Maggie Bishop. While I've enjoyed them all, I can see in this work the blossoming and maturing of this splendid writer. The story is a page turner which pulls the reader around an unexpected bend, seamlessly intergrating new events by building on the foundation she has laid before. She arouses reasonable suspicion of a number of suspects before allowing the true killer to reveal himself in the last pages of the book. I always am struck with the accuracy of Bishop's depiction of the territory in which her characters operate. I ride horses in the Appalachians myself, though on the Tennessee side, and as I read this book I feel myself back in the saddle negotiating the dangerous terrains of the mountains. The characters are interesting, even the poriferal characters. The heroine is strong and capable, yet quite feminine, and the hero is strong enough to appreciate her strengths and sensitive enough to accept her flaws. It is interesting how she has woven the lives of real people, and real writers, into her fictional tale. It is always an education reading books by Maggie Bishop. She gives little details about life in Appalachia that one would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. My only regret in reading Murder at Blue Falls is that it ended too soon. Perhaps there's a sequel in this one?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2006
Jemma Chase works as a trail leader on her parents' ranch, the Blue Falls, where she is also an accomplished photographer, carpenter and fixer-upper. Jemma has returned home in an effort to find some stability in her life, but things become tumultuous when someone begins poisoning dogs in Watauga County. Jemma is called in for an interview with Detective Tucker and bristles at his subtly accusing manner. A forensics fan, Jemma sets out to try to solve the riddle herself and keep Detective Tucker at bay. But when she stumbles upon the dead body of a neighbor, Jemma finds herself involved in a much more serious investigation and at odds with Tucker once again. An established must-read romance author, Maggie Bishop has crossed into the mystery genre with finesse. Her latest novel is packed with suspense around a tightly-woven plot which begins with the poisoning of dogs and escalates to the murder of a local man. Throughout, she deliciously teases the reader with the bristly attraction between the investigating detective and the woman who found the man's body and who just might be a suspect. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Boone, North Carolina, with engaging characters, red herrings at every turn, and a galvanizing story line, this is a must-have, must-read. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.