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The Gold Standard (Judy Winters Mysteries, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 20, 2009


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597895253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597895255
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,481,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She has penned short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer and reader, writing mentor, freelance editor, and blogger. She loves to encourage new authors and is the editor of Creative Wisconsin magazine. Find her at LisaLickel.com.

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Make sure there's plenty of coffee ready for the next morning!
Elaine M. Cooper
There is a gently placed faith line to the story as well to encourage the reader and ground the actions of the main characters.
Susan M. Baganz
Not only that, but I'd recommend her as an author to look up for the next great read.
C. Williams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elaine M. Cooper on January 21, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Elaine Marie Cooper, Author, "The Road to Deer Run"

I stayed up until 2 AM last night to finish this book! I felt like I was 11-years-old again, flashlight in hand, peering through the latest Nancy Drew mystery that I could NOT put down. What Fun!
In fact this Mystery/Romance by Lisa J. Lickel reminds me of a Nancy Drew mystery for adults. The heroine in this novel is Judy Winters. She is a young schoolteacher, beautiful, yet filled with self-doubt. She always feels like a klutz who opens her mouth at all the wrong moments. Now Judy is cast into emotional upheaval as her only remaining relative--Aunt Louise who raised the orphaned Judy when she was very young-has died. The cause of death? The coroner's report says it's poison. Has murder occurred to her sweet Aunt living on the family farm? Judy must go to the small country town in Wisconsin to find out.
A cast of interesting, salt-of-the-earth characters take Judy under their wing. But can she trust them? Can she feel safe in the old farmhouse when she does not know the source of her Aunt's demise? And then there's the young and handsome Hart--can he be trusted as he begins to be drawn towards Judy's heart?
It's a fun mystery as we are caught up in the world of a small town where arms reach out to Judy, yet danger lurks in dark corners. A fun read that will delay your bedtime. Make sure there's plenty of coffee ready for the next morning!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyce C. Moser on January 30, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed "The Gold Standard", which is a sweet story that is also interesting and kept me guessing until the end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Loven on March 30, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Gold Standard
Lisa J. Lickel
2009
Barbour Heartsong Presents
ISBN 978-1-59789-525-5
Genre: Fiction/Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Judy Winters is overwhelmed and sad, her aunt who raised her, has died suddenly, and it appears to be murder, instead of an accidental death. The sheriff is waiting for the toxicology report, to find out what poison has killed Aunt Louise. The reading of the will, reveal conditions, that seem baffling to Judy, conditions if unfulfilled will transfer the family land to a group called KOWPIE a grassroots organization that calls for the protection of natural areas.
The story unfolds as Judy, a school teacher, comes to the farm for the summer to make up her mind about what she wants to do about the farm and the conditions of the will. Strange occurrences begin happening as Judy hires out some minor remodeling, making her suspicious of everyone around her. Her faith sustains her and carries her past her suspicions and doubts. Add in a handsome neighbor and the set up for love is in the air, although there is a wrinkle with a casual boyfriend who suddenly thinks marriage is in the air and will not take no for an answer. Sudden appearances from the former boyfriend adds in complications to an already complicated mystery.
Romance, from years gone by, and hidden treasure, a "lost" bomb shelter, and a found letter from years and years ago, rekindle the romance between Judy's aunt's friends, leading to a late in life marriage.
This story was a wonderfully written cozy mystery, it caught my attention from the first page, to the final page. Ms Lickel wrote a wonderful story full of faith, love, and mysteries. This book truly deserves the 4 star rating I gave this book. 251 pages [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Williams on April 22, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
More than one mystery is within the pages of this book and more than one thing is missing.
When Judy finds out her Aunt has given the family farm to her, Judy is beside herself to know what actually killed her Aunt and why. It seems more than one person is interested in getting their hands on the land for some reason and she isn't about to give it up until she knows for sure why.
Hart, her neighbor, seems to have had a good relationship with Judy's Aunt. He even knows how to do all the chores, which is very helpful until Judy gets herself settled in and decides what she wants to do with the place.
Why are there people wondering around in her yard after dark and what are they looking for? By the time the book is 3/4 of the way finished, you just might suspect everyone AND his neighbor for any and all that was, is, and is about to go wrong.
Lisa keeps the reader moving through the book at white-knuckle speed. She not only includes mystery and suspense, but a touch of romance as well.
This book was so good I'd recommend it to anyone. Not only that, but I'd recommend her as an author to look up for the next great read. GREAT JOB, LISA!!
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