Oh do bear with the first few pages that feel a bit lost or confusing because it is going to be worth it! It starts with some history behind this tale. Treasure, hidden from the Nazis is secreted away in a very unlikely place, a ship's figurehead. It is being sent to America to keep it safe, but it must have never reached the destination for some reason. The next thing we know, Professor is trying to finish an ocean salvage operation. Lives are at stake trying to retrieve a lovely work of wooden art from the ocean depths.
Next meet El Littlefield. She runs a catering business and light weight sleuthing company called...
"The Butler Did It." (Lovely pun!) El's daughter Katie, and her Granddaughter Chloe Grace, and her best friend Hyacinth, all live in the same area. This makes for lots fun!
Catering a huge event, featuring the 1812 figure head, is daunting just to feed everyone. However, it is hoped that a map is hidden in this work of art. One more glitch, it seems that the Dr. Haverthill's very life could be at risk if they host this unveiling. What on Earth is going on here? El's entire financial future is tied up in this event, and it seems that Dr. Haverthill's life, reputations, and maybe more could be on the line too!
Romance, mystery, crime, and a great who-done-it!
(Please don't say the Butler!)
I sure hope there are more books in this series that I get to read!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning novelist Diane Noble writes stories that tap into the secrets of the heart.
With more than a quarter million books in print, Diane feels incredibly blessed to be doing what she loves best—writing the stories of her heart.
For the last three years Diane has been honored to be lead author for the popular Guideposts series, Mystery and the Minister’s Wife (Through the Fire, Angels Undercover), and has recently returned to writing historical fiction. She recently finished writing book two of her new historical series, The Brides of Gabriel. Book one, The Sister Wife, and book 2, The Betrayal, which are published by Harper Collins/Avon Inspire, are now in bookstores.
Now empty nesters, Diane and her husband live in the Southern California low desert, near a place known for the lush and beautiful gated communities of the rich and famous.
ABOUT THE BOOK
She’s Passionate about Solving the Case ... with the Town’s Life-Long Bachelor
El Littllefield runs The Butler Did It catering. It’s the perfect cover for her to solve “who-done-its” (nothing too dangerous, please!) in this small university town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While catering her most important event yet—a fancy retirement dinner for Dr. Max Haverhill, life-long bachelor and history dean—countless guests fall ill, a 200 year-old relic is stolen, and her best friend vanishes. All in the first hour.
As El and Max race to solve the mystery, they discover there’s more to their relationship than simply solving the case. Welcome to Eden’s Bridge—the perfect small town setting for big intrigue, romance, and humor.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead, go HERE
Diane can be reached through the Contact link on her Website
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1434704971