A Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand

by Dane McCaslin


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A Bird in the Hand by Dane McCaslin

Take two British expats, transplant them to upstate New York where the local HOA is worshipped and neighbors spy on each other for fun, and you have the makings of murder gone amok.

Caro Layton-Browning, an accomplished writer of mysteries, never imagined she would unwittingly stumble into a series of real-life murders good enough to be in her own books. But when the Cat Lady next door, who Caro is convinced is out to make life miserable for her, is found dead among her feline collection, Caro finds herself in trouble far more dangerous than her neighborhood HOA has ever dished out before. Suddenly she and her professor hubby, Gregory, find themselves on the trail of a murderer far more sinister than Caro's imagination could conjure up.

As the bodies begin to pile up in picturesque Seneca Meadows, Caro sees the possibility of a plot for her newest book, and the killer sees someone who needs to be moved out of the way...permanently.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507779712
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/18/2015
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Dane McCaslin, author of the new Proverbial Crime mystery series, resides in the state of Arizona with her very patient husband. She has been writing all of her life: poetry, short stories, journals, letters (yes, those old-fashioned epistles that require pen and paper), and now she brings her talents to the cozy mystery genre.

In addition to being an author, Dane McCaslin is an educator. She currently teaches advanced language arts classes for grade 11; additionally, she teaches beginning writing classes at the local university. Being an educator is an important part of her life, and passing on her passion for reading and writing is one of her great joys.

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A Bird in the Hand 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really disliked this book.  It is different, but the characters are not likeable and seem to be obsessed with baked goods and pastry crumbs. I am puzzled about this couple, as I found them thoroughly unlikeable.  They are pathologically self-obsessed.. I hope this book doesn't convince any readers that being British means being arrogant and friendless.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not all foodie themes really come off even if just bakery and no receipes. its not that there isnt two or three murders and three attempts and a mystery writer and a dog the characters just dont spark and too many crumbs mentioned after eating. Perhaps its because just read a golden oldie will archieve for a rainy day or head cold
jef71 More than 1 year ago
This book is funny and a little sad. This is the first time I have read any of her books and well be buying more. It is about a husband and wife and murder .
cljhnsn1CJ More than 1 year ago
What an enjoyable book!  I loved the relationship between Caro and her husband.  It kept my interest to the end.  I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It didn't take long for me to fall in love with this new book - and with the main character. She's sassy and reminds me of MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin. Loved it!
kmamom1 More than 1 year ago
A Fresh Baked Mystery!  I really enjoyed this new mystery series with its twists and plot turns and it made me hungry for bakery goods! The characters were very real, I felt like I was getting to know them and guessing along with Caro as to who done it. Looking forward to the next one.
KatnissChameleonKat More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because the characters are really relate-able.  I couldn't putt it down waiting to find out what happened next.  The mystery was very well written and kept you guessing.  It was a really enjoyable read.   
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
The thing I like best about this story is that unlike a lot of mysteries the characters seem like they could be real people. The reader can identify with Caro and Gregory and their marriage partnership. The story also has great flow and some twists and turns that make it well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like all the dialoge concerning herself and her husband. Most seemed trivial and not at all necessary. The plot was very good. I got confused as to whether the mayor was alive or dead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author and I don't know how representative it is of her usual work (hopefully, her other books are better). I'm retired and an avid reader, reading an average of 2 books a week. There are so many good books out there, but I just couldn't find much value in reading this one. The husband and wife sleuth team in this story are supposed to be in their 30 's but the dialogue made them seem more like in their 80's. Who talks like that? (no-one I know, British or American). I found Caro, the lead character and sleuth to be self-centered, manipulative, and uncaring. She shows no sympathy for the victims and her only objective in solving the murders appears to be to satisfy her curiosity, and to toot her own horn and show up the local police. I struggled through reading half the book and decided it was not worth my time to read the rest word-for-word. So I ended up reading portions of pages to keep up with the story line and then read the last couple of chapters to get the ending, which I thought was disappointing and boring.