Today, I want to introduce you to a newly released mystery by Christian fiction author Amy Rognlie: Where There’s a Will (Short Creek Mysteries Book 2).
Short Creek’s flower, yarn, and book shop owner Calendula Erickson, better known as Callie, has her hands full as she tries to balance an unusual mix of ups and downs plaguing work, friends, and family.
The suspicious death of her Aunt Dot’s childhood friend, Sister Erma, and a postcard to someone who disappeared from Short Creek twenty years earlier set in motion three seemingly unrelated searches for a possible murderer, Sister Erma’s will, and a member of the missing family.
As Callie and her family and friends uncover multiple suspects for multiple crimes, the searches become more complicated—and dangerous. In the middle of it all, Callie struggles with her feelings for Todd Whitney, with the attempts to sabotage plans to build Hope House, and with the troubles faced by her friends. Callie believes in living a faith-based life. She also believes in acting on her prayers—sometimes without stopping to think or listen—putting herself in jeopardy as she follows the clues and supports those she loves.
This story is well written and full of the twists, turns, and surprises that I love in a mystery—a tangled web of lies and lives. Some readers may be put off by the Christian elements and lifestyles of the characters, but others will find the realistic portrayal of those elements welcome and even inspirational. Either way, the story is a good mystery. I look forward to reading the first book of this series. Rognlie also writes a sweet romance series (Miss Opal Stories).
I have only recently discovered Rognlie’s mysteries, and I’m glad I did. Do you have a recently discovered mystery writer whose stories you would like to share? Please do so in the comments.