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Product Details

  • Series: Augusta Goodnight Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (April 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312281684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312281687
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Do you believe in magic, miracles and guardian angels? If so, you'll enjoy Ballard's third cozy (Angel at Troublesome Creek; An Angel to Die For) to feature ethereal Augusta Goodnight. Angel Augusta fills in as a temp guardian for young widow Arminda Hobbs, who finds her cousin Otto dead in a ladies' room stall at the local museum, once the home of the Minerva Academy girls' school. Childish mysticism, an overly complex plot and a cast of characters so large it requires a list at the front may put off some readers, but those willing to suspend disbelief will be engrossed by Minda's efforts to track down Otto's killer now that she's returned to her sleepy hometown of Angel Heights, S.C... By the end Augusta Goodnight fans are sure to have built up an appetite for the next book in the series, just as Minda develops a taste for her angel's homemade muffins.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Minda Hobbs goes home; her husband, Jarvis, is dead, and she seeks the comfort of her family and the family homeplace, fondly called the Nut House in Angel Heights, South Carolina. The terrific first sentence clues us in to the tone: "Things got off to a rotten start when I found Cousin Otto dead in the ladies' room." Humor, gentility, and understatement are the order of the day, even regarding the angel, Augusta Goodnight, who assists Minda not only in solving the mystery but also in returning to life and its comforts after Jarvis' death. The tenuous memories of old women, among them Vesta, Minda's grandmother, tie together a sewing circle of young women before World War I, a secret society with the symbol of a star enclosed in a flower, and a mysterious quilt that seems to have disappeared. How this all relates to the current day--and Cousin Otto's death--involves family secrets and lots of herb tea and angel-made muffins. Lighter than Augusta's nondescripts. GraceAnne DeCandido
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mamareadssomuch on September 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
These Augusta Goodnight mysteries are wonderful with a cup of tea. This third installment of this clever and unique series, introduces the reader to Arminda who is recently widowed and visiting with her grandmother. Her cousin, Otto, is murdered and she finds the body! The story weaves around an antique quilt and family members from the past and present interlock to solve this mystery.
I'm looking forward to Mignon's next Augusta Goodnight read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This may be the worst moment in Minda Hobb's life because she is mourning for her young husband she loved very much who died in a freak lightening accident while they were on a picnic. She moves back to her hometown of Angel Heights, South Carolina where she has another traumatic incident. In the woman's bathroom of Holley Hall, in the stall next to the one Minda was using, she comes upon the body of Cousin Otto.

At first everyone believed he died a natural death but the coroner rules it a murder. Feeling alone and frightened, Minda moves into the family home where she meets her temporary guardian angel, the heavenly Augusta Goodnight. Working together with some help from Minda's family, it is discovered that Otto's death and an attempt on Minda's life has its origin in a secret society two generations back who made a quilt that contained a deadly message somebody today doesn't want made public.

SHADOW OF AN ANGEL is a delightful and whimsical cozy costarring a protagonist that fans will like and sympathize with and her charming guardian angel. Augusta discreetly nudges Minda in the direction she wants her to go. The mystery itself is a cerebral teaser that will confound most readers but the joy in this novel is not the answer but the quest to find it.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on July 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Arminda Hobbs has returned to her hometown of Angel Heights after the sudden death of her husband. She needs the comfort of her family. Unfortunately, she finds the body of her cousin Otto in the Ladies Room of Holley House, formerly the Minerva Academy. She also finds a curious pin. The design is reflected in an Alma Mater sampler done by her great grandmother, and a mysterious quilt passed along from member to member of a group of friends. How does this all tie into Otto's murder? Fortunately, she has her family and a guardian angel to help her.
The Augusta Goodnight series is fast becoming one of my favorites. The temporary guardian(her real job is tending heavenly strawberry fields) once again steps in to solve another mystery, in this case, she is tying up loose ends from a previous job. I found it very hard to put this one down and can't wait until the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis M. Perdue on October 19, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoy this series because, due to the fact that the main character, angel Augusta Goodnight, is the only recurring character in the series, each book is different from the previous one. I enjoy many of the more popular mystery series going today, but find it sometimes hard to believe as the series gets older that the main character in the books would run across so many murders unless s/he is an actual detective or policeman.
In this entry, Augusta is helping a young widow recover from the loss of her husband. The widow, Minda, has returned to her small hometown, hoping that the familiarity of it will help ease her pain. Unfortunately, not too long after she arrives, she finds her cousin, Otto, dead in the women's restroom of the local museum.
The mystery involves events from nearly a century before, giving some added period pieces to the mystery. There are many many characters in the book, making it sometimes confusing. I had to refer to the list of characters in the front of the book a few times until I had all the names straight. That aside, it was a quick read and very enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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