Browse by Author
- BROWSE BY IMPRINT
- BROWSE BY GENRE
- BROWSE BY LENGTH
- BROWSE PRINT EDITIONS
- GIFT CERTIFICATES
- FREE READS
- COMING SOON
- DOLLAR DOWNLOADS
- Christmas Extravaganza
Death Of A Highland Heavyweight
Murder, chaos, teen angst, missing frog figurines, wedding preparations. What do these things have in common? Gailynn MacDonald. When Highland Games Heavyweight Champion Claude Oui is found dead at the bottom of the stairs, his wife is overcome with grief. As head of the town's annual Hum Harbour Daze festival, she cannot plan a funeral and keep up with her responsibilities to the town, so Gailynn dutifully steps in.
Amidst choosing bridesmaids dresses, assembling a big top tent, and advising teenagers in loveâ€”one of whom just might be a murdererâ€”Gailynn is once again caught up in the townâ€™s hidden secrets as she races to solve Hum Harbour's latest crime spree.
In Stock: 100
Author: ( Jayne E. Self )
It started with the robberies. I doubt anyone would have noticed anything missing if Mom and I hadnâ€™t been browsing through wedding magazines at my place. We were searching for the perfect bridesmaid dress, one that would suit both my sister-in-law, Sasha, and my cousin, Ashleigh, when Mom mentioned she couldnâ€™t find her kitchen frogâ€”you know, those little ceramic creatures that hold pot scrubby pads.
Ash is a frog fanatic. She collects frog everything, which was why frogs and bridesmaid dresses went together in Momâ€™s mind.
â€śCome to think of it,â€ť I said, leaning back to see into my postage stamp kitchen, â€śI havenâ€™t seen mine for a while either.â€ť
I live above my shop, Dunmaglass, and after last yearâ€™s break-in, Iâ€™d installed a mega security system. No one should be able to sneak in and abscond with anythingâ€”even my kitchen frog.
â€śWe should report the thefts to the police. Andrewâ€™s been complaining that business is dull this summer.â€ť
My brother, Andrew, was one of three local law enforcement officers.
Mom closed the magazine and reached for a new one. â€śDonâ€™t go wishing for another crime spree, Gailynn MacDonald. Weâ€™ve had enough in this town to last a lifetime.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t think the Simmons brothers getting caught siphoning gas for their lawnmower constitutes a crime spree, Mom.â€ť
â€śNeither is a couple of missing kitchen frogs.â€ť
â€śYou never know,â€ť I said. â€śFirst kitchen frogs, then small appliances, freezers. Imagine the hoopla if we had a ring of freezer raiders on our hands.â€ť
I clicked my tongue as Mom wiped laughter-tears from her cheeks.
â€śYou laugh now, but mark my words, this is bigger than a couple of kitchen frogs.â€ť
She pushed her new magazine across the table. â€śLook, Iâ€™ve found the perfect dress.â€ť
I was doubtful, but Mom, an avid sewer, sees things I miss at first glance.
She tapped the picture with her finger. â€śAll we need to do is change the shoulders, tuck the waist a bit, and lengthen the hem. We could even eliminate the lace ruffles, if you like.â€ť She smiled triumphantly.
â€śAnd itâ€™ll have to be lavender.â€ť
â€śPurple?â€ť She crinkled her nose with disdain.
â€śLavender. Otherwise itâ€™s perfect.â€ť
And that was the last time I thought about missing kitchen frogs until I discovered Carrie Hunter-Oui administering CPR to her husband in the middle of her back hallway.
JAYNE E.SELF is passionate about God, words and mysteries--in that order. She's been a telephone operator, a chambermaid, a nurse and a wife. She's lived in many parts of Canada and traveled to exotic locations. These expereinces have become backdrops that colour her writing and influence her characters.
A pastor's wife, Bible study leader, women's speaker and church musician Jayne and her husband Harvey raised their three sons in a beautiful 100 year old manse in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. She spends her summers at their ocean-side cottage in Nova Scotia.Jayne is an active memeber of The Word Guild and Crime Writers of Canada.
Please log in to write a review.