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Product Details

  • Series: Stella Crown Series
  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590582993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590582992
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,709,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It may be hard to believe that Pennsylvania dairy farmer Stella Crown can make a habit of stumbling into murder cases, but her intense fourth adventure (after 2006's To Thine Own Self Be True) is reason to hope her bad luck continues. Stella and her boyfriend, Nick, join their friends Lucy and Lenny at a Philly concert hall to hear the Tom Copper Band, a rock group of local boys who've hit the big time and will soon head home to play at Lucy and Lenny's wedding reception. After a bomb threat clears the club, the band's lead singer, Genna, is found dead inside, and Stella's friend Jordan, the band's sound man and Genna's not-so-secret admirer, is the prime suspect. Clemens avoids making farm life too bucolic, while Stella, with her Harley, cows and engaging circle of friends, will appeal to cozy and more mainstream mystery fans alike. This is a solid addition to a series that improves book by book. (Aug.)
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Stella Crown is not your typical farming lass - not when she owns a Harley and goes to see rock music as often as she can. The latter interest forms the backbone of her fourth appearance, equal parts traditional mystery and nuanced portrayal of the power of love and friendship to elevate and destroy. Stella drives into Philadelphia to catch the appearance of the Tom Copper Band and spend time with her friends Lucy and Lenny, due to be married the following week. But a strong opening half is marred by a bomb threat that turns into a murder scene when the body of the band's lead singer is discovered - and Stella's other friend, sound effects man Jordan Granger, is suspected of the crime when the police discover his romantic relationship with the already-attached Genna. As Stella does her best to discover the truth and get Jordan off the suspect list, her own long-distance relationship with her friend Nick is tested first by what he doesn't say, then by what he reveals - leaving the tough but tender Stella to fight for what she really wants in love and in life. --Sarah Weinman, The Baltimore Sun (8/12/2007)

It may be hard to believe that Pennsylvania dairy farmer Stella Crown can make a habit of stumbling into murder cases, but her intense fourth adventure (after 2006's To Thine Own Self Be True) is reason

to hope her bad luck continues. Stella and her boyfriend, Nick, join their friends Lucy and Lenny at a Philly concert hall to hear the Tom Copper Band, a rock group of local boys who've hit the big time and

will soon head home to play at Lucy and Lenny's wedding reception. After a bomb threat clears the club, the band's lead singer, Genna, is found dead inside, and Stella's friend Jordan, the band's sound

man and Genna's not-so-secret admirer, is the prime suspect. Clemens avoids making farm life too bucolic, while Stella, with her Harley, cows and engaging circle of friends, will appeal to cozy and more

mainstream mystery fans alike. This is a solid addition to a series

that improves book by book. (Aug.) -- Publisher's Weekly (6/4/07)

More About the Author

Judy Clemens has lived in seven states and decided to settle in the beautiful farmland of Ohio. She has been nominated for the Anthony and Agatha awards, and is the immediate past president of Sisters in Crime. She loves chocolate, watching movies, reading fantasy (especially YA and middle-grade) and is an active member of Grace Mennonite Church. She has two children, is married to a soccer coach, and lives in a farmhouse that is constantly being renovated. Learn more about her at www.judyclemens.com.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Farm hand Lucy and her fiancé biker Lenny buy tickets for their pal farmer Stella Crown and her boyfriend Nick to accompany them to hear rock legends the Tom Copper Band perform at Club Independence in nearby Philadelphia. The usually fun loving Nick tells Stella he has a severe headache, but does not want to be a downer especially since the tickets cost a bundle.

However, a bomb scare sends everyone out of the club and onto the streets. While the police search for an explosive device, they find the murdered corpse of pixyish group singer, Genna. The police arrest group sound manager Jordan Granger, one of Stella's eight "adopted" brothers. She thinks otherwise as she is positive that Genna and Jordan were in love with one another. Stella believes the ill tempered drummer Ricky, Genna's boyfriend is the killer. As she investigates the rock triangle, she also looks closer at Nick's recent behavior.

THE DAY WILL COME is an exciting amateur sleuth tale as biker chick Stella cannot help but take care of Jordan by investigating the Genna murder and the related bomb scare while also having doubts about Nick. The whodunit is orchestrated so that every clue that Stella finds implicates Jordon only. Ironically the Nick subplot is the crown jewel of Judy Clemens latest tale. Sub-genre readers will enjoy this fine mystery and seek out previous Stella stories (see THREE CAN KEEP A SECRET, TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE and TILL THE COWS COME HOME).

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on January 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Fourth novel in the dairy farmer Stella Crown series, The Day Will Come's action moves mostly away from the farm, to the behind the scenes world of a Philadelphia Rock band. In fact I'd say Clemens was testing the waters for her first non Crown series novel Embrace the Grim Reaper to see how her readers would react to a novel that could pretty much have been written with a different main character than Stella and not lost anything.

However Stella is in this one, as are her farm hand Lucy who is about to marry Lenny, one of Stella's biker mates. The couple along with Stella's boyfriend Nick attend a Tom Copper concert in Philadelphia, that one of her brothers is working security and another Jordan, is the group's sound technician. Mayhem breaks out when word hits the crowd that a bomb is in the building. It seems there were no deaths until the next day the female lead singer is found beaten and stabbed in a storeroom Jordan is down a the police station begging for information on what happened to his fiance which is a little odd as everyone else including his family thought she was dating the drummer. You don't have to have read the former novels in this series to understand or follow any of this one, but you may have more of a liking for the repeat characters in this one if you do, plus there are some plot spoilers from those novels in this one. Nick also has a secret in this one that may well have you liking Stella a bit less due to the way she reacts.
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By cindy on December 26, 2012
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Stella Crown is a dairy farmer with a hard edge that covers a soft, but almost never seen, inner core. I've read all the book in the Stella Crown series and have enjoyed them.
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