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Murder at Five Finger Light (Jessie Arnold Series #11)

Murder at Five Finger Light (Jessie Arnold Series #11)

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by Sue Henry

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The Jessie Arnold mysteries offer “real thrills set against the wild beauty of Alaska” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)—and this time, Jessie unscrambles a deadly puzzle along the Alaskan Inside Passage…

Two of Jessie’s friends are throwing a party at their new digs—an old lighthouse on the Alaskan Inside Passage. Not a party in


The Jessie Arnold mysteries offer “real thrills set against the wild beauty of Alaska” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)—and this time, Jessie unscrambles a deadly puzzle along the Alaskan Inside Passage…

Two of Jessie’s friends are throwing a party at their new digs—an old lighthouse on the Alaskan Inside Passage. Not a party in the typical sense, but one where guests earn their keep by scraping, painting, and generally restoring Five Finger Light, named after the long, low islands around it. So Jessie decides to leave her partner-in-crime, Alex, alone for a few days and lend a hand. With the company of old friends and a view to die for, Jessie won’t soon forget this weekend—especially when she stumbles across a dead body. Looks like an accident. But even as a frantic Alex learns that someone’s cut the phone lines and wrecked the radio, Jessie realizes there’s a killer loose on the island. Worse yet, the killing spree might not be over—even though the party certainly is....

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Welcome to another Alaskan adventure in this return to Sue Henry's Anthony and Macavity Award–winning Jessie Arnold mystery series.

At loose ends when a knee injury sidelines her for the dogsled racing season, Jessie Arnold is delighted to accept an invitation to help old friends Laurie and Jim restore an old lighthouse that they are turning into a bed-and-breakfast. In Alaska, though, few journeys are simple; and as Jessie makes her way to Five Finger Island via several short-haul flights, she encounters a young woman called Karen who claims she's fleeing an abusive relationship. She says that although she left the man years ago, he keeps tracking her down…and the police have been no help at all. Although Karen declares she's running for her life, there's something about her story that doesn't quite ring true with Jessie. Not willing to abandon the other woman to a killer, yet wanting to keep a close eye on her, Jessie -- with her hosts' permission -- invites Karen to join the work party on the island. Soon Cooper, the man who is following Karen, ends up there, too. But events take an escalatingly sinister turn when someone wearing Cooper's jacket is found dead. Suspicious incidents begin to mount up…and it becomes clear that a killer is on the island. With the phone and radio out of commission and the island isolated by fog, Jessie struggles to solve the mystery and stop a killer who threatens the lives of everyone at Five Finger Light.

Sue Henry's evocative descriptions in Murder at Five Finger Light capture the isolation and the grandeur of Alaska and the self-reliance to those who choose to live there. Sue Stone
Publishers Weekly
Those looking for authentic American Indian lore will embrace Aimee and David Thurlo's White Thunder: An Ella Clah Novel, the latest outing for the Navajo Tribal Police special investigator (after 2004's Wind Spirit). The search for a missing FBI agent and a Social Security fraud case collide in this engaging mystery set in New Mexico. Agent, Elaine Koster. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Musher Jessie Arnold (The Serpent's Trail, 2004, etc.) finds herself in an Alaskan version of And Then There Were None, except that, luckily for her, it's And Then There Were Some Left Over. On remote Five Finger Island in the Frederick Sound, Laurie Trevino and Jim Beal are restoring a historic lighthouse. Laurie calls to ask her friend Jessie's boyfriend, State Trooper Alex Jensen, for advice about some unnamed problem on the island, but misses him. Since the island measures three acres altogether, with some special bugs as the only permanent residents, how big could the problem be? Deciding to join them for a weekend restoration work party, Jessie heads to Peterson, in South Alaska. While she's waiting for Jim and his boat to pick her up, Jessie runs into (or is it vice versa?) Karen Emerson, a frightened young woman on the run from a stalker who tracked her to Peterson. Jessie invites her to join the work party, where she's confident Karen will be protected by the isolation. Their first morning on the island, Karen discovers the bludgeoned body of a young fisherman wearing the stalker's coat. Phones and radios disabled and the boat sunk, Jessie and her friends are trapped on the island with a killer. Anticlimactic and tediously expository, Henry keeps getting in the way of a perennial throat-catcher and a great setting.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Jessie Arnold Series , #11
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Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.67(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Sue Henry's first Jessie Arnold mystery, Murder on the Iditarod Trail, won both the Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel. She also writes the Maxie McNabb mysteries. Henry is a former college administrator and has lived in Alaska for 30 years. She spends much of her spare time RVing around the Lower Forty-Eight or researching Alaska.

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Murder at Five Finger Light (Jessie Arnold Series #11) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CocomoJo More than 1 year ago
Although this book was a little slow in places, and had a few things that were unbelievable, the mystery itself was a good read. I also thoroughly enjoyed the way Sue Henry made you relate to the main character. I will definitely read another Sue Henry mystery!
Janelaurie More than 1 year ago
Lots of great "twists and turns" and UNUSUAL OUTCOME!! Very descriptive, fast moving, another great book from Sue Henry, wish she would write more....I have all that she has written...great author!!
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Sled dog racer Jessie Arnold feels the world is looking up as she rebounded from knee surgery, recovered from a DEATH TRAP, and is back with her beloved State Trooper Alex Jensen. Jessie accepts an invitation to a paint party thrown by close friends Laurie and Jim Trevino, who are renovating a fixer-upper Five Finger Lighthouse on Alaska¿s Inner Passage; Alex has a meeting that he must attend so he cannot accompany Jessie, but tells her to have a good time.--- However, thinking this will be fun though hard work, Jessie goes leaving Alex behind. However, the idyllic gala of paint and panorama ends when Jessie finds the corpse of another guest. Assuming a tragic accident occurred Jessie changes her mind when she tries to call for help by phone and radio; neither work as a killer has severed the lines with the objective to snuff the life out of the party one death at a time.--- The latest Sue Henry Alaska mystery will remind readers of Agatha Christie¿s classic Ten Little Indians. The story line is action-packed once Jessie stumbles over a dead body and never slows down as the sleuth realizes a murderer is amongst the guests. The scenery as usual is breathtaking, but it is the cat and mouse game between the culprit and the detective that will have the audience spellbound.--- Harriet Klausner