Witness in Bishop Hill

Witness in Bishop Hill

by Sara Frommer

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Things have finally calmed down enough for cozy heroine Joan Spencer and her new husband, Lt. Fred Lundquist, to take a long-delayed honeymoon to celebrate their three-month-old nuptials. Of course, it won't be a traditional honeymoon, since they'll have Joan's teenage son, Andrew, in tow, and the fact that they are using the trip to finally visit Fred's family makes it even more unusual. But Joan is happy; she'll get some time away with her family, and she'll finally get to see the tiny historic Swedish-American community where Fred grew up, Bishop Hill.
Unfortunately for Joan, neither her honeymoon nor her trip works out quite as she'd hoped. Fred's mother is farther down the road to Alzheimer's than they had been led to believe. The worst is yet to come when Mrs. Lundquist witnesses a brutal murder but is a little too disoriented to be clear in her description of the killer. Suddenly everyone in the small village is a suspect, and the only person with the key to unlock the mystery is an elderly woman who floats in and out of clarity. Joan will have to get close enough to her mother-in-law to figure out what really happened that night, and to protect her and her extended family from a killer who is bound to strike again.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158730597
Publisher: skla
Publication date: 07/17/2017
Series: Joan Spencer Mysteries , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Sara Hoskinson Frommer, a veteran of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s viola section, lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Witness in Bishop Hill 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
A cozy fit for the holidays. Joan Spencer and her husband of three months, police lieutenant Fred Lundquist, are making plans for a belated honeymoon trip during the Christmas holidays when Fred’s sister calls, asking Fred and Joan to come home to look after their parents while she and her husband take a break. Fred hasn’t been home in a long time and Joan has never met her in-laws so they decide they’ll stay at a bed-and-breakfast to at least have a little privacy. Much to Joan’s surprise, Joan’s college-aged son, Andrew, asks to go—having her son along doesn’t quite fit her idea of a honeymoon. Still, Fred’s sister has implied that their mother is showing signs of Alzheimer’s and, while Fred wants to ignore the notion, Joan’s work at the adult day care center makes her more aware of the possibility. When Andrew willingly agrees to stay in the house with Helga and Oscar, it seems that Joan and Fred may still have their honeymoon. Bishop Hill is a tiny Swedish-American village, steeped in history, where everyone knows everyone else. Even here, though, there are secrets and when Helga wanders off, she’s found later hiding in the woods and shaking with fear, claiming someone killed Fred. Fred, of course, is alive and well but he and Joan find a murdered man. Helga is very unclear on what she saw, and her memory fades in and out, but it soon becomes obvious that the killer knows she saw him and her life is in danger. Fred and Joan must work with the local sheriff’s department, and very quickly, if they are going to save Helga. Then, Helga disappears again and another body is found… This is the fifth Joan Spencer mystery and Sara Hoskinson Frommer has come up with a winner once again. Joan is a believable amateur sleuth with the ability to think things through while knowing what should be left up to the police. Frommer also gives us a delightful visit to a community grounded in old-world customs. I highly recommend this to all who love a good traditional mystery.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Married for three months, Oliver, Indiana Detective Lieutenant Fred Lundquist and his second wife Joan, mother of two grown children and director of a senior center, head to his hometown of Bishop Hill so she can meet his parents for the first time. As they travel to Northern Illinois, Fred¿s mother Helga, suffering from Alzheimer¿s, strays away from her home right into the homicide of a neighbor¿s son. Fred, Joan, and her college-age son Andrew are shocked by how poor Helga¿s short term memory is which includes not knowing where she lives or how ends up in various locales. The culprit begins harassing Helga to starting with threats over the phone. As the hamlet gets ready for Christmas, fearing for her mother-in-law more from a killer who drifts in and out of Helga¿s memory than Alzheimer¿s, Joan struggles to identify the culprit before he harms her or anyone else. WITNESS IN BISHOP HILL is a strong Joan entry though her identification of the killer seems somewhat miraculous. The story line contains an engaging blend of elements of an amateur sleuth and to a lesser degree police procedural with Swedish Yuletide trimming to brighten up the fare. However, Sara Hoskinson Frommer¿s latest cozy belongs to Helga, who is handled with compassion so that Alzheimer¿s victims and their families (including this reviewer¿s beloved late mother-in-law know how much Ms. Frommer cares). Harriet Klausner