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Herman's Poor Mrs. Rigsby asks whether it can ever be right to steal. When her husband, Sam, leaves her for another woman, Sally Cox is left almost penniless, so she takes some training and becomes a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at a rest home. One of her patients is Elsie Rigsby, who squirreled away a quarter million through the years. Her son and grandson try to wrest it from her, but Elsie pretends to be demented, and in any case, if the money were found, it would belong to Medicaid and the IRS. When Sally learns Elsie's secret, she doesn't know what to do. Then Elsie dies, and another CNA convinces Sally to join with her to dig up the money. A first-rate mystery follows, replete with petty criminals, a trail of bodies, and some telling observations about being poor in America. John Mort
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About the Author

Kathy Herman is an award-winning poet and bestselling novelist who is very much at home in the Christian publishing industry, having served on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association for five years. She has drawn on her eleven years of bookstore experience as a children's products specialist to conduct related seminars in the US and Canada. She has helped develop public school characterbuilding curriculum and has also been a preliminary judge for the ECPA Gold Medallion awards. Kathy and her husband, Paul, residents of Tyler, Texas, have three grown children and five grandchildren. Kathy's hobbies include world travel, deep sea fishing, and ornithology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (June 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590523148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590523148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathy Herman is no stranger to the Christian publishing industry. Before becoming a bestselling author and award-winning poet, Kathy worked on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association for five years. She gained eleven years of bookstore experience as a children's products specialist and drew on that expertise to conduct related seminars in the U.S. and Canada.

Kathy quickly rose to the rank of bestselling author when her first novel, TESTED BY FIRE, became a CBA bestseller shortly after its release. Since then, eight more of her novels have claimed the title of bestseller: ALL THINGS HIDDEN, THE REAL ENEMY, THE LAST WORD, THE RIGHT CALL,FALSE PRETENSES,DANGEROUS MERCY, RELENTLESS PURSUIT and NOT BY SIGHT.

Her contemporary, fast-paced novels weave inspirational messages into the storyline so effectively that a college professor in Houston utilized her books as required reading to educate students on the value of teaching through fiction. Kathy's books have also been widely used in book club discussion and Bible study groups.

Kathy and her husband Paul live in East Texas and have three grown children, five "nearly perfect" grandchildren, and an adorable cat named Samantha. Her hobbies include photography and bird watching--especially an ongoing fascination with hummingbirds.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trudy Lynn on August 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I waited for this book after reading the Baxter series. Kinda got hooked on Kathy's books. Fast paced, suspense and a wonderful lessson. I recomend this book and especially the last 2 of the Baxter series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edie Carter on July 2, 2014
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Poor Mrs. Rigsby is Elsie Rigsby who is aged and suffers from confusion. She is living in a nursing home and has 3 shifts of attendants that take care of her and the other residents. Newest CNA Sally Cox has really taken liking to Elsie and spends as many extra minutes with her as she can during her shift.

Overtime Sally learns that Mrs. Rigsby's only family includes her no good son Harry and her grandson Jon. Jon has suddenly had a renewed interest in his grandmother and begins coming for frequent visits. Elsie tells Sally that her grandson is only after her money....money she bilked from her husband over years of working for him. It seems Elsie's late husband was a tightwad and involved in illegal activities. Can Sally really believe that Elsie (on Medicaid and seemingly penniless) has a hoard of money buried somewhere? Harry sure seems to think so as he visits his mother and demands she tell him where the money is located.

Now this is a long involved story so I won't go into the plot much more than that. I will tell you that the characters are well developed and that this story meanders a bit and then goes on roller coaster acceleration at times. I must admit I loved it. I haven't read any other books by Kathy Herman but I will be looking for them now. This was an original interesting tale filled with the reminder from the Bible that one cannot serve two masters. The principles of God's saving grace are beautifully woven into this story. Towards the end it seemed there would be no possible good outcome for anyone involved but.......well you better read all the way to the end.

I hope you read Poor Mrs. Rigsby. If you do be sure to come back and tell me what you thought of it!

I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program. All opinions are my own.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Angry with Sam since he divorced her after three decades of marriage to move in with a younger chick, leaving her with a run down house and two teens, Certified Nurse Assistant Sally Cox also hates her work at the Walnut Hills Nursing Center. She detests the patients and the staff though she likes nonagenarian dementia victim Elsie Rigsby even when the elderly woman loses her touch with reality.
During a seemingly lucid moment, Mrs. Rigsby informs Sally that she has stashed away from her avaricious family a fraudulent fortune. She wants Sally to distribute the money to worthy people in need. Sally promises to do so, but the temptation to use the money to get out of her own debt is overwhelming. Yet her conscience tells her to do the good deed and trust that God will take care of her woes though with the setbacks in her personal life, Sally has lost faith. Which path will she take especially when a snake offers her the easy road?
Although some readers will believe that the POOR MRS. RIGSBY is a naive look at money, Kathy Herman provides a deep character study that focuses on faith and greed. The story line follows Sally as she feels like a failed female Job with a temptation that could solve much of her woes. Ms. Herman makes a case in an age of fiscal abuse and irresponsibility by those in power in Wall St and DC that money is not the root of evil; spinning the NRA contention that "guns don't kill, people kill", people's attitude turns money into a weapon of destruction.
Harriet Klausner
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By Nor1018 on April 4, 2014
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I loved this book. The characters were wonderful and came to life. I loved the twists and turns. My one complaint was the number of typos in this book. Never had this so bad before. Parts I had to guess at what the word was. However, I wanted to hear more about the other characters in the book and how their lives went forward. I see a really good series in this book Kathy! Please......tell us more about these wonderful people.
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I love Kathy Herman's books. Although this copy was for someone else, I read it a few years ago and loved it. She is a suspenseful yet clean writer. I like the fact that my 15 year old niece can read it without her parents having to worry about bad language. It keeps you on the edge of your seat...just like all her books do.
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By Glorey on October 16, 2010
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It took a lot of pages to give the moral of the story, which is found in 1 Timothy 6:10 - For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
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