I’m so excited to have Lisa Lickel with me today! I met her through her book, The Last Bequest.I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and being able to solve it along side Judy. So I was very excited when she was willing to interview with me.
FBC: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Lisa: Goodness, that’s like asking which passage is my favorite. Today, I’m going with Jeremiah, for an in-depth interview on what it was like, knowing what was going to happen and so desperate to scream the message and being betrayed.
FBC: What would be the first question you would like to ask him?
Lisa: What did you think about, down there in the well?
FBC: When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
Lisa: Not really…still waiting, as a matter of fact, although I think I can safely call myself a writer.
FBC: What is your biggest challenge as a writer?
Lisa: The Biggest challenge I face is being a businesswoman. It’s very hard to ask people to spend money on my creations, hoping they feel they haven’t wasted time reading the story or hard-earned dollars.
FBC: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Lisa: OOh – I do teach about effective reviews. To me, a good review has a great grasp of story, the meaning and depth and underlying issues in a recap without giving away the story. That shows me that not only have you read the book, you’ve felt it intimately and can tell others about your experience in a way that makes readers decide whether or not to pick it up too.
FBC: OOOO I want to learn more! Where do I sign up?
If you want to learn more about Lisa you can visit her website at: http://www.lisalickel.com/
School teacher Judy Winters sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her only living relative’s murder. Back on the farm where Aunt Louise grew up, Judy encounters Hart Wingate, a young man renting the adjoining farm who helps with farm chores. When Judy learns that her boyfriend, Graham, had been secretly visiting Louise, Judy takes the opportunity to move away from him for the summer and think over the situation.
Judy loves her teaching job, but is intrigued by her heritage in the farmstead and particularly the old house, but whether to sell or stay, she has yet to decide.
Midnight visitors, a job offer, new friends, along with one special old one—Carranza, the opinionated cat—all figure into Judy’s dilemma.
Meanwhile, Judy learns that a former friend of Louise’s father, Bryce, lost a treasure of gold somewhere on the farm. As Judy and Hart look for clues to the cause of Louise’s death and Bryce’s missing treasure they develop a close friendship. Judy breaks off her relationship with Graham, who doesn’t take the news very well.
As Judy explores the farmhouse, she finds and follows clues in Louise’s mother’s diary to unearth the buried treasure. But was it the treasure that might have been behind Louise’s murder?
My Review: After reading Lisa’s advice I feel the pressure is on!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I liked Judy because she was a pretty down to earth person who dealt with a lot of loss in her life but wasn’t bitter about it. Early in the book the author emphasized her ability to read people’s body language. I found that very interesting, though it did seem she had some blind spots. Hart was wonderful and adorable. I especially enjoyed his bravado. The interaction between Judy and Hart were at times charming and often comical.
I grew up being a big fan of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. This one has a similar feel to it which made it a fun read. A big thank you to the author for allowing the readers to solve mystery along side the protagonist. Although the story opens after the death of Judy’s aunt, this book would be appropriate for teens as well as adults.
This book released in September and book two has already been released. I enjoyed book one enough to purchase book two already. (As of 11/5/2012) it is still on sale at Amazon for $2.99.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to review this book. I look forward to reading more by this author.