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The Miner's Canary: a novel Kindle Edition
"A smart heroine with a haunted past . . . a who-done-it full of twists and turns."
Haunted by a death she might have prevented, single mom Julie Goldman returns to the brooding Black Hills of South Dakota to turn the old Victorian she inherits from her aunt into a bed-and-breakfast inn. But mysterious deaths are piling up, and a series of vaguely escalating threats convince her that someone wants her gone. When daughter Lu is run off the road while riding her bike, Julie knows she must find and stop whoever has them squarely in their sights.
“A must-read. Pronin had me from word one. A fascinating, well-written story.”—L. C. Hayden, award-winning, bestselling author of the Harry Bronson Thriller Series
“I fell in love with young widow Julie Goldman and daughter Lulu immediately and wanted the best for them –but when deaths start piling up, Julie’s piecing together of improbable clues leads them into mortal danger.”—Nancy Lynn Jarvis, author of Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries and PIP Inc. Mysteries
"A must-read. Pronin had me from word one. A fascinating, well-written story."-L. C. Hayden, award-winning, bestselling author of the Harry Bronson Thriller Series
"I fell in love with young widow Julie Goldman and daughter Lulu immediately and wanted the best for them -but when deaths start piling up, Julie's piecing together of improbable clues leads them into mortal danger."-Nancy Lynn Jarvis, author of Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries and PIP Inc. Mysteries--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0BBS7M1MD
- Publisher : TouchPoint Press (October 25, 2022)
- Publication date : October 25, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 879 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 326 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,880,585 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #26,471 in Cozy Mystery
- #42,984 in Suspense (Kindle Store)
- #57,645 in Cozy Mysteries (Books)
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It takes place in a part of the country about which I know very little but the author took me there, introduced me to the locals and wetted my appetite to visit. Unlike so many “mysteries,” it was not otherworldly with superhuman characters, this was about characters I learned, very quickly, to know and like.
This was my introduction to this author’s work. It was a great introduction and I will look forward to more!
Julie Goldman takes a trip from where she is living in California to South Dakota to get her aunt’s affairs in order following her death. She had left there after her cousin was murdered several years ago and never returned. She was surprised to reconnect with some old friends and make some new ones. After the funeral, she returns to L.A. to find the hotel she worked at as an event planner had been sold and she was out of a job. With nothing to keep her there, she returns to Deadwood and decides to turn the Victorian home she grew up in and recently inherited into a bed and breakfast.
Strangely after her aunt’s death one of her high school friends died in a car accident. Then another woman she had met died in a freaky fall. She had also started receiving threats. The final straw was her daughter being run off the road while riding her bike. Something is amiss in Deadwood and she thinks it is connected to the murder of her cousin all those years ago. But starting her own investigation draws the attention of the killer. Can she stay alive long enough to get justice for her family and friends or will she be the killer’s next victim?
I escaped right into this story!
Julie Goldman, a widowed mother to daughter Lulu was a wonderful protagonist. She is strong, intelligent, inquisitive, and friendly with great organizational skills and a terrific mom to her daughter. Lulu is a mature 11-year-old who loves to ice skate with hopes to be an Olympian. Penny is their nanny and a great friend. She has graduated from law school and is trying to pass the California bar exam. While she is waiting for her latest test results she travels to Deadwood with Julia and Lulu. Julia meets or reconnects with several people in Deadwood. Chief of Police Banks goes above and beyond the norm to help Julie feel safe and welcome. There is a definite attraction there. Harrison Palmer was her aunt’s attorney and helps Julie with all the in and outs of her inheritance including a long-lost relative that falls out of the woodwork. I enjoyed the way all these core characters and others we meet have layers that get peeled back as the story continues.
Not everyone is happy that Julie has returned to Deadwood to stay. The type of threats she is receiving makes that point clearly known. It also has her thinking her aunt’s death may not have been from natural causes. But the threats don’t frighten her away, they make her more determined to stay and find the truth. The clues started to fall into place for me sooner than they did for Julie but let me tell you I was at 97% / Chapter Fifty-Six when I realized I was literally on the end of my seat. All of what I had been thinking was right and was playing out in a very scary way. I held my breath and was reading at breakneck speed. Ms. Pronin set up an ending that had my heart racing. I loved the epic twist.
My husband and I along with our infant son vacationed in South Dakota many years ago and it is a place we have always wanted to return. We even stayed overnight in Deadwood. I enjoyed all the descriptions of the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. Seeing them through Lulu’s eyes brought me back to exactly how I felt when I saw them for the first time. It also made me even more anxious to plan a return. Sans the murders, of course.
The Miner’s Canary is a suspenseful mystery with a slow build to a heck of a crescendo. It was truly impossible to put down and has stuck with me since I turned the final page. I have to put it on my Best Reads of 2023 list. This story is a must-read! I am not sure if the author has planned a sequel but these are characters I would gladly visit again.
The book's setting, the Black Hills of South Dakota, is unique and intriguing. I liked the characters so much that I was disappointed when the book ended and am hoping for a sequel.
Be sure to check out the Barbara Pronin Thrillers, as well as the three novels she co-wrote as Barbara Nickolae (with Nickolae Gerstner).