Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$0.01
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Cast the First Stone (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – March 1, 2009

4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$4.79 $0.01

Top 20 lists in Books
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more

Editorial Reviews

Review


You will love Trini Bates, her resolute strength, her love, and her talent.
--Kathy Perschmann
--Armchair Reviews


Cozy yet refreshing, with a distinctive, homey sense of place. --Kirkus Reviews


5 Stars---The cast is powerful running very deep as each provides a taste of life in the Rockies in 1932. --Harriet Klausner

Macintyre pulls a bevy of offbeat characters out of a wintry cloak in her debut novel . . .with enough clever twists to keep the reader guessing "Who done it?" to the last chapter. -Sharon Cupp Pennington
--Red Room

This book will be welcomed on the shelves of the intuitive practitioner in your life. --Myshelf.com --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

From the Author

The idea for Cast the First Stone originated from my own family history which claims that my great grandfather had the ability to find water sources through dowsing. The subject fascinated me, as does the time period of the Great Depression, so I began to research the era and the art of dowsing with the intent of writing a murder mystery which would combine the two. I hope that the book not only entertains, but provides the reader with a perspective about how people coped and survived during difficult times much like we're experiencing today.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME); First Edition edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594147469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594147463
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,497,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
89%
4 star
11%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 9 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By S. Pennington on January 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's 1932, Colorado, height of the Great Depression and widowed Trinidad Bates finds her younger brother Parnell accused of murder. As if the situation couldn't get any worse, she's used her inherent gift for dowsing to lead local authorities - namely the malevolent Sheriff Mallis - to the bootlegger's body. A gift that now seems to have deserted "Trini," leaving her bereft and confused.

Who can she turn to for support and counsel when so many of her neighbors see her as a witch? How can Trini protect Parnell from a sheriff with a disreputable history and an apparent motive for revenge against her brother? How much allegiance does she owe a brother who's always sought the easy way out, no matter how unscrupulous the turn?

Why now, when she needs it so badly, has the talent she inherited from her beautiful mother disappeared?

Her husband is dead eight months now, her parents years longer. Deputy Roy Eastman seems willing to help - to a point - and Trini's good friend, Jefferson LeClair, owner of the local mercantile, is sympathetic but has problems brewing of his own.

Author Rebbie Macintyre pulls a bevy of offbeat characters out of a wintry cloak in her debut novel, Cast the First Stone, with enough clever twists to keep the reader guessing "Who done it?" to the last chapter. I sincerely hope Ms. Macintyre revives these characters in future sequels, as this novel left me hungry for romance for Trini and a pass-through wide enough love could easily happen.

Upon reading the novel's first paragraph, I knew nothing about dowsing - other than what I'd seen in movies: dowser points a Y-shaped branch, branch vibrates... water.
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
In 1932 in Ludlodi, Colorado, fifteen years old Katherine Woodson explains to Coyote County Sheriff George Mallis that her bootlegging father Merle vanished after arguing with his business partner Parn Shannon. They have not found the corpse but the sheriff locks him up after accusing him of killing the missing father. It is obvious to the deputies and Parn's sister that the sheriff has a deep grudge against Parn; George blames him and Merle for the deaths of his wife and child.

Deputy Roy Eastman persuades Parn's widowed sister Trini Bates to use her dowsing skill to locate Merle. She succeeds finding his body at the bottom of a canyon. However, George not only remains steadfast in his belief Parn killed his partner; he finds a bloody knife in a woodpile by his prisoner's cabin. As an angry but despondent Trini ignores her need to grieve her husband's death eight months ago. She investigates Merle's background convinced George killed him to gain control over east Colorado bootlegging, but evidence mounts against Parn, which impacts negatively on Trini's dowsing skills. Still she fosters Katherine and her twelve year old brother Jake who has the mind of a five year old, and is taken aback to find Roy desires her even while someone else wants her dead.

Timely with the impact of the Depression on a person's values vs. employment as Roy learns, CAST THE FIRST STONE is an engaging historical amateur sleuth tale. The cast is powerful running very deep as each provides a taste of life in the Rockies in 1932. The whodunit and related suspense are well written, but also enhance the sense of time and place for instance waiting for the traveling circuit judge to come to town as speedy trial is theory only; thus in many ways Rebbie Macintyre's entertaining tale is more a historical than a mystery.

Harriet Klausner
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Trini Bates lives in a small town near Denver; it is the Depression, and Roosevelt has just taken office. Her husband has died and left her alone, except for her younger brother. She is visited by Sheriff George Mallis who wants her to assist in locating her brother Parnell's bootlegging partner Merle Woodson, who is missing. The sheriff thinks Parnell has murdered him!

How can Trini help? She has a special gift, inherited from her mother. She can dowse-find lost things, people, and water. They do find Merle in his car, in a gully; dead, with his head bashed in. Sheriff Mallis finds the murder weapon, buried in Parnell's woodpile. Mallis is evil and determined to convict Parnell. He does his best to keep Trini from Parnell while he is in jail.

Even with the help of her husband's best friend Deputy Roy Eastman, Trini has a hard time ferreting out information about Merle, his potential enemies, his finances, and his last days. She draws on help from her friends in the community. She takes on the care of the Woodson children, teen-aged Katherine and "slow" Jake, and begins to discover Merle Woodson's secrets.

Unfortunately his killer has not stopped, and more people die. Will Trini be one of them? Her brother's cabin is burned down, and the Woodson children are threatened during a ferocious blizzard.

You will love Trini Bates, her resolute strength, her love, and her talent.

Armchair Interviews agrees: Trini Bates is a most interesting character.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a story about a young widow in the early 1930s. She is strong and independent and is content living alone baking bread for the local store. Her peace and contentment is broken however when her brother is arrested in connection with the disappearance of a local bootlegger. She uses her determination, tenacity and dowsing skills to unravel the mystery.

A cast of interesting, small-town characters, dowsing expeditions and a little bit of romance make this a real page turner.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse