Welcome to the “Dead Letter, A Meddlin’ Madeline Mystery” book tour by Celebrate Lit. The author is generously giving a grand prize of a paperback copy of Dead Letter, a Madeline-inspired book cozy, and a book-themed candle! Details are at the end of this post.
Having not read a Meddlin’ Madeline Mystery before this book was a bit hard for me. In the beginning I felt like I was coming into a play at Act 2 or 3. I needed more information. If you have not read the first three books yet, I would recommend it. That would help make more sense of this one.
This is a Christian Historical Mystery that is written by author Chautona Havig. I enjoy the author’s style of writing, especially in this offering. Much of the story is written in letters between Jane (Madeline) and her fiancé Royal (Pinkerton agent). The author injects humor, mystery, and Christian lessons into her delightful story.
There were a few parts where I found myself frowning. I could not imagine any father consenting to such requests. However, this is a novel and not an actual true story so those feelings passed.
The new characters were well described and I found it easy to become their friends. The story was well written, well organized, and flowed smoothly. The dialogue was authentic. The vivid descriptions took me to the small community in Ohio.
I would recommend this book, but would suggest reading the other three in the series first. It would have helped me if I had. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these are my own, honest opinions.
About the Book
Book: Dead Letter, A Meddlin’ Madeline Mystery
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian historical, mystery
Release Date: February 19, 2019
For the first time, Madeline has permission to meddle.
Something’s not adding up in the Wintherwood, Ohio bank, and Madeline’s there to figure out why.
Sent by the Rockland Pinkerton’s office to investigate shady banking practices, Madeline finally has the opportunity to try out all her developing detective skills. From her new disguise to an assumed persona, complete with non-existent fiancé, Madeline takes on embezzlement in Wintherwood, Ohio.
Now, to find the culprit and get back to Rockland before Amy arrives, before Mrs. Barnes gets any sicker, and before Russell’s writes her off as a hopeless, heartless girl.
As Madeline figures out what’s happening, even Mr. Flint begins to lose confidence in her. How will she prove who is taking the money and why–especially after her primary suspect ends up dead?
Dead Letter is the fourth book in the Meddlin’ Madeline series.
About the Author
Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
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3 REASONS YOU’LL LOVE THE BOOK AND HATE ME
“This is book four, right?”
He looked at me with those eyes that conjure up the idea of puppy dogs begging for treats. So deceptive. “You’re going to have to up the stakes then.”
“Well, this is the one where she goes into official active detective mode and decides if she even wants that kind of life.”
He was right and I knew it. Fortunately, I’d prepared for this moment. You see, I know him well. He’s a horror writer. He likes to torment in ways that make my worst meannesses seem petty (like the time I suggested killing off Chad in Past Forward—trust me. That was kind compared to his ideas).
So, I pulled out my bigger gun and plopped it on the table. I added ammunition. And grinned.
Look, you guys are going to hate me for it, but trust me. It needs to be done. You’ll forgive me… eventually. Maybe. I hope.
Then he did it. He gave me that look. No, not the, “Yeah, baby!” look you want to see when you’ve hit a hole in one. The, “Is that all you’ve got?” look.
The work began. He suggested one thing. I toned it back. He looked like that puppy again—except this time I’d kicked him. Bless his heart, he does love his horror.
Still, he whistled his way out the door a short while later, and I grinned. Compromise is beautiful. But what does that mean for YOU?
3 REASONS YOU’LL LOVE THE BOOK AND HATE ME
Love the book: Madeline as Jane Sempleton is a hoot. She cracked me up from the beginning, and I’m still chuckling.
Hate me: Madeline’s faith and integrity are tested in this one—exponentially. Without giving away too much, her father even rebukes her!!!
Love the book: Mrs. Barnes is such a sweet mentor to Madeline
Hate me: Mrs. Barnes. That’s all I’m sayin’. Mrs. Barnes.
Love the book: Snippets of the heart get revealed.
Hate me: Russell. That’s all I’m sayin’. Russell.
So, there you have it. All the reasons you should read this book… and remember that the series isn’t over. Not by a long shot. It’s darkest before dawn. And um… a whole bunch of other clichés.
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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of Dead Letter, a Madeline-inspired book cozy, and a book-themed candle!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/dee6/meddelin-madeline-dead-letter-celebration-tour-giveaway