Book Review: “Payne & Misery” by Catherine Leggitt

March 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Catherine Leggitt in her new book, “PayneandMisery_book coverPayne & Misery” Book One in the Christine Sterling Mystery series published by WestBow Press takes us into the life of Christine Sterling.

From the back cover:   Christine Sterling’s loneliness reduces her to snooping on neighbors she’s never seen.  When her newly retired husband, Jesse, becomes obsessed with a hobby requiring long weekends away, Christine inserts herself into the wrong place at the wrong time-a sure recipe for disaster.  Add Christine’s dubious “gift” of observation, a super-sized need to rescue , and a double dose of imagination. Sprinkle with peculiar circumstances lurking just down the hill and what do you get? Not the glittering paradise of togetherness Jesse promised their “Golden Years” would be.  You get trouble. Big trouble.

Christine Sterling has developed a reputation for jumping to wild conclusions. With such an imagination, who is likely to take her seriously when she discovers a bruised and neglected neighbor named Lila Payne? Try as she might, she cannot interest anyone in Lila’s dire need for immediate rescue. Something about crying wolf once too often.

But then Lila and Christine’s beloved dog Molly both disappear the same night.

If no one will help her, she must find Lila and Molly herself. Heedless of possible consequences, Christine dives headfirst into a dark pool swirling with muddy secrets and misery. Her best friend throws her a lifesaver of prayer and soon she begins to sense God at work. But even with God’s help, can Lila and Molly be saved before it’s too late?

I grew up reading the mysteries of Ellery Queen and Agatha Christie as well as quite a few others.  When these greats died sadly it seemed there was no one to step up and take their place.  For quite a  while it seems.  Hurrah, the vacuum is filled Catherine Leggit has stepped up to the plate and written a really dandy mystery worthy of the those greats from years ago.  Christine Sterling is lonely and bored and in dire need of human companionship.  So she takes to snooping to ease her need, however that all backs up in her face and gives her a somewhat less than stellar reputation. Then she meets Lila Payne who really needs help but it is too late no one will believe Christine.  Now both Lila and Christine’s dog have gone missing and it is up to Christine to solve the mystery quickly before it is too late.  “Payne & Misery” is a lot of fun, starting with the clever title.  Christine Sterling is just the perfect heroine, she is somewhat similar to Jessica Fletcher from “Murder, She Wrote” but not quite.  The mystery will keep you guessing and the suspense will keep you flipping pages.  Get all your chores out of the way before you sit down to read this book.  You will want your cup of tea and peace and quiet as you spend the time hanging out with Christine Sterling.  You will be glad you did.  I am glad I found this talented author and am already looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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