About the Book
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian Cozy Mystery
Release date: May 2021
”Break a leg?” They’ll be lucky if they don’t all break their necks!
After years of waiting, Katrina finally has her happily ever after. All is right with her world . . . until hate crimes begin happening in the charming college town of Wilkester. Even more disturbing is the fact that the perpetrator seems to be connected with the writing class Katrina teaches. How can she prevent her rosy visions of the future from turning into broken dreams?
Find out in this third book of the Wilkester Mysteries.
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This mystery was a little different. The mystery is about who is doing acts of racism near a college campus. There is no murder and no suspense so this book is for the gentle reader who would like a plot centered on a hot issue in today's society but with no gruesome events. There is also much about Katrina's personal life and her upcoming wedding. The book seemed more about Katrina and her life than about a mystery.
The strength of this novel is the Christian viewpoint of the characters. Katrina and Todd are committed Christians and I like how Cornthwaite portrays their actions and Katrina's thoughts. Some of the discussions included were very interesting, such as the one about protests. Katrina notes she is for anything to decrease that particular sin (racism), as long as it's peaceful. But her friend, Kim counters that some protests call for destruction rather than repentance. (1038/3129) Interesting thoughts about the reason behind protests and what is hoped to be the result of them.
This cozy mystery did not have a compelling plot for me. I liked the earlier ones in the series more. I did enjoy the many references to literary works and the good character representation of Christians. This is definitely a book for readers who like a concentration on a character's life with a low key mystery and no bodies showing up.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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What Kind of Lessons Could a Mystery Possibly Teach Me?
It’s been a couple decades since I taught a college English class, and writing the Wilkester Mysteries with Professor Katrina Peters as the main character brought back happy memories of teaching. Not enough to want to go back to it—homeschooling my own kids is much more rewarding—but enough that I had to stop myself from writing much longer lectures into the stories! These are my first contemporary novels, and it was nice to write a story without the hours and hours of historical research I usually have to do. But whatever time period stories are set in, people feel the same emotions and have to learn the same spiritual lessons.
Katrina loves literature and can’t help seeing her own life as a story. The only problem is that she keeps thinking she knows what the Author is doing, and she has definite ideas about what the plot should be. She is not unlike myself: over and over I’ve thought I knew what God was doing in my life. And if He was short on ideas, I had quite a few that He was free to use! But He has rarely been doing what I thought He was, and for some reason He never seems to use my ideas about what could happen in my story. Both Katrina and I need to learn the lesson that God’s wisdom is beyond ours, His storytelling is much deeper and richer than ours, and His plots are never predictable!
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)