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The Gold Standard (Judy Winters Mysteries, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 20, 2009

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597895253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597895255
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,594,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Elaine Marie Cooper, Author, "The Road to Deer Run"

I stayed up until 2 AM last night to finish this book! I felt like I was 11-years-old again, flashlight in hand, peering through the latest Nancy Drew mystery that I could NOT put down. What Fun!
In fact this Mystery/Romance by Lisa J. Lickel reminds me of a Nancy Drew mystery for adults. The heroine in this novel is Judy Winters. She is a young schoolteacher, beautiful, yet filled with self-doubt. She always feels like a klutz who opens her mouth at all the wrong moments. Now Judy is cast into emotional upheaval as her only remaining relative--Aunt Louise who raised the orphaned Judy when she was very young-has died. The cause of death? The coroner's report says it's poison. Has murder occurred to her sweet Aunt living on the family farm? Judy must go to the small country town in Wisconsin to find out.
A cast of interesting, salt-of-the-earth characters take Judy under their wing. But can she trust them? Can she feel safe in the old farmhouse when she does not know the source of her Aunt's demise? And then there's the young and handsome Hart--can he be trusted as he begins to be drawn towards Judy's heart?
It's a fun mystery as we are caught up in the world of a small town where arms reach out to Judy, yet danger lurks in dark corners. A fun read that will delay your bedtime. Make sure there's plenty of coffee ready for the next morning!
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More than one mystery is within the pages of this book and more than one thing is missing.
When Judy finds out her Aunt has given the family farm to her, Judy is beside herself to know what actually killed her Aunt and why. It seems more than one person is interested in getting their hands on the land for some reason and she isn't about to give it up until she knows for sure why.
Hart, her neighbor, seems to have had a good relationship with Judy's Aunt. He even knows how to do all the chores, which is very helpful until Judy gets herself settled in and decides what she wants to do with the place.
Why are there people wondering around in her yard after dark and what are they looking for? By the time the book is 3/4 of the way finished, you just might suspect everyone AND his neighbor for any and all that was, is, and is about to go wrong.
Lisa keeps the reader moving through the book at white-knuckle speed. She not only includes mystery and suspense, but a touch of romance as well.
This book was so good I'd recommend it to anyone. Not only that, but I'd recommend her as an author to look up for the next great read. GREAT JOB, LISA!!
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Set in a small town in northern Wisconsin, Judy Winters is forced to deal with the aftermath of her Aunt's suspicious death. She inherits a farmhouse with the promise of hidden gold on land sought after by a militant tree-hugger group. Not knowing who to trust, she seeks to use her unusual talent for being able to tell when people are lying. Judy struggles to evaluate the colorful cast of characters that made up her Aunt's life. With a pushy boyfriend as well as an attractive neighbor, named Hart, who just so happens to help out around the farm, and a crazy cat with an unerrant propensity to preserve Judy.

This story earns it's designation as cozy. There's a mystery and some suspense but not over the top anxiety producing. The romance is well-paced and at times I couldn't help but smile at some of their interactions. I would love to share more but I don't want to give any spoilers! Let's just say there's poison, a diary, hidden secrets, a bomb shelter, cows, and more than one romance blooming in the shadow of attempted murder. There is a gently placed faith line to the story as well to encourage the reader and ground the actions of the main characters.

This is the first in a series of books and I reviewed book number two, The Map Quilt. Regardless of the order in which you read these novels, they stand alone just fine. (the third is The Newspaper Code and I look forward to reading that one too and see what adventures Judy and Hart have next).

So on a chilly summer day, go visit northern Wisconsin with Lisa and her cast of characters and be charmed and entertained. Everyone needs a smile on their face and Lisa will help put it there.
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