A fun read: "The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead" by Diane Noble

Courtesy of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, check out an introduction and my review of "The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead" by Diane Noble:

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead
David C. Cook (September 1, 2014)
Diane Noble


Award-winning novelist Diane Noble writes stories that tap into the secrets of the heart.

With more than a quarter million books in print, Diane feels incredibly blessed to be doing what she loves best—writing the stories of her heart.

For the last three years Diane has been honored to be lead author for the popular Guideposts series, Mystery and the Minister’s Wife (Through the Fire, Angels Undercover), and has recently returned to writing historical fiction. She recently finished writing book two of her new historical series, The Brides of Gabriel. Book one, The Sister Wife, and book 2, The Betrayal, which are published by Harper Collins/Avon Inspire, are now in bookstores.

Now empty nesters, Diane and her husband live in the Southern California low desert, near a place known for the lush and beautiful gated communities of the rich and famous.


She’s Passionate about Solving the Case ... with the Town’s Life-Long Bachelor

El Littllefield runs The Butler Did It catering. It’s the perfect cover for her to solve “who-done-its” (nothing too dangerous, please!) in this small university town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While catering her most important event yet—a fancy retirement dinner for Dr. Max Haverhill, life-long bachelor and history dean—countless guests fall ill, a 200 year-old relic is stolen, and her best friend vanishes. All in the first hour.

As El and Max race to solve the mystery, they discover there’s more to their relationship than simply solving the case. Welcome to Eden’s Bridge—the perfect small town setting for big intrigue, romance, and humor.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead, go HERE

My review....

Diane Noble has written a fun, light-hearted mystery that will keep you turning the pages as you race to find out whodunit!  I love it when authors make the heroes of the story a little bit different than in your "usual" mystery (if there is such a thing!), and this story certainly fits the bill with the older more mature character of El Littlefield. I immediately felt empathy with her as she seeks to establish her catering business and provide for her future, and I could easily imagine her horror as a room full of important people fall ill right after eating her catered meal! The romance that sparks between El and Max certainly makes for some humorous and tenderhearted moments, and El's best friend Hyacinth is quite the larger-than-life character indeed. I was most intrigued by the idea of a figurehead that held the secret to the location of hidden artifacts and jewelry rescued during World War II, and I am looking forward to how that plot continues to unfold in future novels. Will Max and El uncover the location in the next novel? What danger awaits them as they chase after this treasure? Whatever it looks like, it should be one entertaining ride! The one thing I didn't love about the novel was the way it portrayed police officers as somewhat inept and untrustworthy - but I am sure not everyone will share my same opinion. In all, this is a worthwhile read for someone looking for a book that will keep them engaged from start to finish with an entertaining plot and lots of funny moments.

I award this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, and am anticipating what is next in store for El and Max in the second installment of the "Professor and Mrs. Littefield" mysteries!

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and CFBA for the purposes of this unbiased review.