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Missing, Presumed Wed: An Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen Mystery (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-1594147876 ISBN-10: 1594147876 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME); 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594147876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594147876
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,889,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First a note about my blog. The link on this site is to a group blog, Poe's Deadly Daughters. I blog there every Tuesday.

Born and raised in the U. S. south, I turned out to prefer cold northern winters and now live in Canada. In addition to being a mystery writer, I'm a beginning playwright, and have kept a journal for a long time. When I'm not writing I sew, knit, and make multi-media art.

The books on amazon.com are my first series. Five books in the series. The protagonists are returned Vietnam veterans who are trying to make a transition back to civilian live, but murder keeps getting in the way.

I have also published a non-fiction book, based on the year I spent in Viet Nam with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.

I'm currently working on a stand-alone set in the folk music world and a paranormal romance play, which happen--when else -- on Halloween.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.J. McIntosh on January 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We all know weddings are joyful occasions but they also bring out tensions that simmer for years below the surface.In Sharon Wildwind's novel, these tensions prove to be deadly. Ex- Green Beret Benny Kirkpatrick is marrying Lorraine Fulford, the widow of a close friend who died in Viet Nam. When family and friends gather to help out with wedding preparations, disaster strikes. The story is launched early in the novel as Benny's mother Grace is assaulted, kidnapped, and forced to abandon her young grandson.When she mysteriously turns up later in a dishevelled and confused state,her kidnapper is found murdered in the trunk of his car.

As the mystery plays out, Avivah Rosen, an ex military cop on the Asheville Police Force and Elizabeth Pepperhawk, a former army nurse, unravel the signposts leading to an even greater peril - a lethal event staged to destroy the wedding. Wildwind's writing is sure-footed and she handles a large cast of characters with ease. She artfully explores a number of issues - Pepper's alchohol addiction, Rosen's struggle to combat harrassment on the force, and the excruciating memories of the war, without ever sacrificing her story. Her novel gives readers a sophisticated blend of humour and raw suspense.

Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Northern Reader on July 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I thought I'd found all the good mystery series. This title is the first one of this series I've read, and I'm looking forward to going back to read the others. The writing and storytelling are right up there with any of the major authors. It's too bad that the publisher didn't take the book as seriously as it deserves. The print style and page layout are more in line with a self-published volume, and there were several homonym errors, such as "vice" when "vise" should have been used. With proper attention and promotion, I would have discovered this author sooner. Thank goodness for my public library, which purchased and featured the book. I would recommend this book to fans of anyone from Lee Child to Agatha Christie.
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Sharon Wildwind's latest exciting entry in her Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen series continues to raise the bar. The theme is family: one Main-Street gathering of a clan in particular and the long-running team of soldiers that has galvanized each book.

For the setting, try the exotic southern latitude of Asheville, North Carolina. If you're looking for eccentrics, there's one around every Victorian gingerbread and behind every live oak. And once the safety of town disappears? "Out north of Burnsville was strictly rural, a landscape filled with the highest peaks and deepest valleys in North Carolina. Avivah doubted that she would even find Hog Branch Road on a map. It sounded as though it was one of those places people talked about being so far back in the coves that you had to pipe in sunshine."

For the time period, try 1974, the anti-climactic but tumultuous years at the tragic conclusion of the Viet Nam War, when returning soldiers brought their own nightmares to a shakened America beginning to explore the challenges and changes of the Feminist Movement. The Old Order Changeth, but what fresh hell?

The gang's all here. Benny Kirkpatrick, scarred and stoic hero, has accepted the responsibility of marrying his dead best friend's widow and raising his sons. Avivah Rosen is working an unsatisfying job on a local police force and fighting the inevitable sexism. Elizabeth Pepperhawk is a nurse staying sober one day at a time. Colonel Darby Baxter is still bucking for a general's star. All are making preparations for their comrade's wedding. This gala occasion frames a plot sabotaged with tiger pits and punji sticks of sharpened bamboo, as dangerous as the jungles across the Pacific.
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