Fairfield's Auction ~ A Witherston Murder Mystery

Fairfield's Auction ~ A Witherston Murder Mystery

by Betty Jean Craige

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BN ID: 2940157712044
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 02/05/2016
Series: Witherston Murder Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr. Betty Jean Craige is Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Director Emerita of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia. She has lived in Athens, Georgia, since 1973.

Craige is a teacher, scholar, translator, humorist, and writer. She has published eighteen books in the fields of literature, politics, art, history of ideas, and animal behavior, including Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot.

Fairfield's Auction is the second novel in her Witherston Murder Mystery series published by Black Opal Books. Her first was Downstream (Black Opal Books 2014).

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Fairfield's Auction ~ A Witherston Murder Mystery 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite Fairfield’s Auction: A Witherston Murder Mystery by Betty Jean Craige is a murder mystery set in the town of Witherston. All is not well in the town of Witherston. Long ago the Cherokees were cast from their land, their belongings claimed by the white man, and now they are being auctioned off as treasure for thousands, lining the pockets of the rich whilst the Cherokees are left unable to reclaim their heritage. Fairfield’s auction is such an event, with countless treasures sold to the highest bidder, and those who protest and request respect for their own history, such as the Cherokees living in Tayanita village, are cast out. So many weapons, from tomahawks to blowguns, but the final item certainly raised a few eyebrows, a live African Grey parrot by the name of Doolittle. Stressed and unloved, stuck in a small cage, he finds himself sold like property to one of the only people present who believes animals too have souls, Dr Charlotte (Lottie) Byrd. This parrot can talk, its words betraying the neglect it suffered. In the meantime, a mysterious person known only as Alpha has requested the ‘kidnapping’ of this bird, and this is where the real trouble begins. The town is snowed in, the roads in and out are blocked by a storm fallen tree and an 18-wheeler. Everything is at a standstill, and during this time it seems more dastardly deeds were afoot. The next day, two bodies were discovered. Was Alpha’s scheduled abduction of Doolittle part of the plan? Who had the most to gain by the death of the two citizens, and what were their motives? I do enjoy a good murder and Fairfield’s Auction: A Witherston Murder Mystery has no shortage of suspicious deaths and intrigue. Betty Jean Craige presents the case in a rather unique way, using articles from Webby Witherston, the online paper, alongside a dialogue driven narrative to lay breadcrumbs for the reader to follow, and most are very subtle. There is a very real feel to the plot and characters. I particularly liked the twins, Jorge and Jamie, and found the small bedtime chatting routine, which appears a number of times, very endearing. Whilst a murder mystery, it also touches on social issues, especially relating to the acquisition of property, land, and the expelling of the Cherokees. Betty Jean Craige combines history, culture, and differences of opinions, drawing them into the plot in a manner that never once seemed biased towards one view or the other. With interesting developments and unexpected twists, this book won’t fail to grab your attention.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Although this can most certainly be read as a stand alone novel I would suggest you read the first in the series Downstream-A Witherston Murder Mystery (see my review here) first--what a delightful read that was!! And the story continues--now that all the townspeople of Witherston have received the money bequeathed to them by the deceased town benefactor--and all is somewhat back to normal there is to be an auction held in town. It seems that Witherston was once Cherokee territory--that is before gold was found there and the Cherokees were sent on the "Trail of Tears" to Oklahoma. There is quite an interesting history before chapter 1 and throughout about this part of history. It is the artifacts that were essentially stolen from the Cherokees that are being auctioned off. Along with an African Grey Parrot---- As with the first book a lot of this one is told through a web page by a tenacious reporter!! This book does delve into whether animals have souls and should be considered "little furry people or feathered people" (I agree with that sentiment!). Chickens are liberated from an 18 wheeler during a blizzard--Doolittle-the Parrot is stolen (or kidnapped) and then ransomed back--and a small group of young people with Cherokee backgrounds have set up to live in a village as their ancestors did. People keep dying or getting murdered--strange happenings in this small town where they are beginning to learn that although you can't change history you can learn NOT to repeat it and all get along with each other and all other living things on this planet.