Bringing in the Thieves
Joyful Noise Mysteries - Book 1Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Length: 168 Pages
Published by: Bell Bridge Books
Frankie Lou’s back and Poppy’s madder than a wet hen. Create a church choir filled with teenage misfits? Over Poppy’s dead body.
Minister’s daughter Frankie Lou McMasters has come back to Ruby Springs, Texas with her daughter, Betsy, eleven years after running off to marry the town bad boy. Her mild notoriety as a bad girl is prime gossip for her childhood enemy, Poppy Fremont, now choir director of Faith Community Church–where Frankie Lou’s daddy, now retired to Florida, was the preacher.
When Frankie Lou comes to the deacons with a request to add a youth choir of at-risk teens she’s been coaching, Poppy throws a fit. A few hours later, Frankie Lou finds her dead in the baptistery pool. And Poppy’s not playing possum.
Frankie Lou sets out to clear her name as the main suspect, and tries to locate the real killer. Could he be sexy Joe Camps, the father of one of her teen singers? In the meantime, her momma shows up from Florida to take charge of Frankie Lou’s life. Bless her heart.
♦The Book Excerpt♦
♦The Cafe Review♦
Bringing in the Thieves is Book 1 in the Joyful Noise Mysteries, and it's a definite winner!
Author Lora Lee has written a hilarious cozy mystery that brings us the big Texas down and dirty of small town Ruby Springs. Included in the fun are the local police force, the Faith Community Church and its members, big southern hair, big southern manners, big southern politicians and, uh, big Texas cosmetic surgery.
Now single mom, Frankie Lou McMasters, who is the daughter of the newly retired minister of the church, moves back to her hometown with her 11 year-old daughter to find that she still has to live down her rebellious past. There's plenty of gossip about Frankie Lou - And stirring the pot is Frankie Lou's old nemesis Poppy Rose Fremont, the church's choir director, who is mad as a wet cat at the approval of Frankie Lou's proposal to form her own choir of talented, at-risk young people, called The Joyful Noise, to help compete in the upcoming spring festival.
When Frankie Lou finds Poppy's body in the church, just hours after her Joyful Noise proposal is approved by the church deacons, she becomes the number one suspect. And, as if she doesn't have enough to deal with . . . Her mother flies up from Florida to help straighten things out.
I read this book in one sitting and enjoyed getting to know Frankie Lou, her extremely funny (laugh out-loud) "crazy lady" neighbor Miss Nettie and the rest of the Ruby Springs residents. I can't wait for the next book in the Joyful Noise Mysteries from author Lora Lee. I'm giving Bringing in the Thieves a big 5 Star Cafe Review!
♦About Lora Lee♦
You can’t be a preacher’s kid and raise a little hob without some serious repercussions. Yes, ma’am, that’s the gospel truth. Lora Lee’s JOYFUL NOISE mystery series for Bell Bridge Books, sheds a little light on just how serious those consequences can be when Frankie Lou Birmingham McMasters returns to her hometown of Ruby Springs, Texas after ten years in hopes of putting some shine on her tarnished reputation, but finds herself in the middle of murder and mayhem instead.
Though author Lora Lee insists the series isn’t about her in any way, shape or form, she does admit to being a real-life P.K. (that’s preacher’s kid, in case you didn’t know.) She was born in Texas and her Southern blood runs deep. Her daddy told her any place below the Mason-Dixon line was part of the South, including the Lone Star State.
Since living in West Michigan most of her married life, she’s lost some of her Texas twang, but once in awhile, a might could and a y’all or two slips into her conversation with her critique partners. They love her, anyway. So does her husband of fifty-plus years and their children. With a current family count of twenty-three, get-togethers often resemble an old time revival when they all gather for fun and food.
Lora Lee is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, Mid-Michigan RWA, Sisters-in-Crime, RWA’s specialty chapter Kiss of Death and is currently published in contemporary romance. She is also a proud graduate of the Grand Rapids Citizens Police Academy.
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