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.
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 fiance, Madeline takes on embezzlement in Castleberry, Ohio.
Now, to find the culprit and get back to Rockland before Amy arrives, before Mrs. Barnes gets any sicker, and before Russell 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?
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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.
Dead Letter is a detective mystery with a bit of feminine spunk. I can’t quite pin-point it, but something about Madeline’s personality reminded me of a character that would have been created by Jane Austen. Although Emma stood out in my mind the most (for her nosiness), I could also see a blend of others as well. She was an independent woman on a mission, and she wasn’t going to give up easily.
The story was well written with an easy flow to keep the pages turning. There was plenty of mystery and action weaved throughout to grasp your attention while remaining realistic.
Although this is is the fourth book in the series it’s the first one that I read. There were some moments where I thought I’d say you could read it as a stand-alone, but others where I felt like I was missing something from characters’ backgrounds. So while you can read it without the others, I would recommend reading the series in order to get the full backstory.
*I received a copy of this book through CelebrateLit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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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!!
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Sounds like a good read.
Sounds like a fun read! Thank you for sharing.
So glad you enjoyed. And if it helps at all, there are certain tiny elements that are a mystery throughout the entire series until the last book. That may have contributed to confusion for you since you haven’t been missing those from the beginning, so you didn’t know… you know? But who Amy is etc. is a bit confusing.
I’ve enjoyed this series since the beginning, and I would have to say, it is best read in order. Very good story!