From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Ballard's delightful sixth cozy (after 2005's Too Late for Angels
), Lucy Nan Pilgrim is teaching a "living history" course at the local women's college in Stone's Throw, S.C., when one of the coeds disappears. While on an outing with her students, Lucy Nan finds the corpse of the missing girl. She later learns that over the past decade, other students have died under strange circumstances, each victim the recipient of a letter quoting Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass
. The murder of the school's handyman, Londus Clack, complicates the case even further, but Lucy Nan, with the help of Augusta Goodnight, her guardian angel, roots out the snake in the garden. As always, Ballard writes with warmth and sincerity, infusing her characters and setting with considerable charm. (Dec.)
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"Mignon Ballard creates an entrancing world suffused with cozy Southern charm, female friendships, and intrigue. . . . But the best is the strawberry-scented guardian angel Augusta, who adds a touch of wisdom and wit---not to mention killer desserts---to this absolutely delightful story."
--- Sarah Strohmeyer, author of The Cinderella Pact
"Ballard's warmth and compassion for her characters makes this series a must for readers who like their mysteries on the cozy side."
"Ballard's inspiring series . . . deserves a golden halo."
---Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand Mysteries
"The graceful language and endearing characters in this series are both delicate and sturdy, like old cotton lace."
"Augusta has got to be one of the cleverest and wittiest angels ever to grace a cozy mystery."
---Baldwin City Ledger