My Brother's Finder, My Brother's Keeper
By Wahletta Hale
In 1999, Macey Lee Baker is a real estate saleswoman in Capwater, Florida; happy in her Christian faith and in her marriage to her husband, Kyle. She's many miles and a lifetime away from her impoverished, rural upbringing in the farming community of Mountain Rose, Ohio. But when Macey Lee's sister Betsy suggests they go back to Ohio to visit siblings, a terrible memory surfaces...the death of their ten-year-old brother Jeremy back in 1954. And with that memory comes another long-buried thought...that their brother's death was no accident.
In 1954, Macey Lee's missing brother was found in a neighbor's cattle pond, naked and lifeless, his clothes tidily folded up in a pile nearby. And though the authorities deemed it an accidental drowning, Macey Lee's devastated mother knew in her heart that her shy little boy, who couldn't swim, would never have stripped naked to go into the pond and that he certainly wouldn't have folded up his clothes so nicely. Even as she'd gone to her grave, years later, she'd been convinced that there was more to the story. And now that Macey Lee is back in Ohio, she becomes determined to solve the mystery at last.
As Ohio's balmy, beautiful Indian summer turns into the icy blizzards of winter, Macey Lee takes time away from her career and her marriage, to get to the bottom of the mystery that has always nagged at the back of her mind. She and Betsy, with support from their sister Ettie Mae and brother Jacob, begin questioning townspeople about their memories of that terrible day in 1954.
Soon, it becomes frighteningly clear that their questions are highly unwelcome, when Macey Lee and Betsy become the victims of vandalism and threats. But secure in their faith and in the certainty that there's a dark secret to uncover, the sisters refuse to give up.
Even as she begin to fear that someone means her real harm, Macey Lee can't help but be overjoyed to be back in the bosom of her family, in the bucolic settings of her childhood. With her husband Kyle's blessing, she buys a historic building in the village and begins making plans to turn it into a bookstore/coffee shop. She even adopts an adorable stray dog.
With every step into their investigation, Macey Lee and Betsy bump up against dead ends; lost police records, witnesses changing stories, and missing evidence. But when the sisters go to visit elderly Jasmine, their late mother's best friend, Jasmine's eerie recollections of the night Jeremy died and a stunning piece of evidence discovered in her attic, leave no doubt that not only are they right about Jeremy being murdered...someone is willing to kill again, to protect the secret of how he died.
Against the advice of Macey Lee's husband and the rest of their worried family members, Macey Lee and Betsy follow the clues from Jasmine's attic and walk right into terrible danger in the killer's lair...It will take all their faith, their wits and the bravery of their family members (canine and human) to get them out of it alive.
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About the Author
She drew upon her experiences as a survivor of tragedy, a person of faith, a member of a large rural family, an animal lover, a real estate broker, and a bookshop/café entrepreneur to lend authenticity to the events of the novel.
She plays guitar, writes song lyrics, which she has recorded, middle-of-the-road country music and gospel. She also likes to do interior and exterior designing and renovating old houses along with interior decorating.
Her love of animals are evident in the way she weaves the family pets into each of her stories. She is an advocate of pet rescue shelters and encourage people to adopt rather than buy a pet.
Each book is in honor of her late mother who loved a good mystery and wanted to be a writer herself.
Wahletta lives inland in Florida, and formerly on the coast.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent book. Will keep you on the edge of your seat.