Monday, November 17, 2014

The Missing Heir: Review and Giveaway

This mystery begins with a bang!  Published in 2014, The Missing Heir is the third book in the Amelia Moore Detective Series by author Linda Weaver Clarke.  I've read many books by this author over the past few years, and so I was excited about the prospect of reading her newest cozy mystery.

The Missing Heir starts with emotion and impact, as twenty-something siblings Jenny and Robert Walker burst into Amelia Moore's detective office.  Jenny is especially upset, because she fears that the orphanage that her uncle, Dell Murphy, started about twenty years ago, the Orfanato de Tio Dell, will be closed down, leaving the children without a place to live. Uncle Dell has recently passed away, and has willed most of his fortune to his nephew, Neal Woods, who will take care of the orphanage, since Dell and his deceased wife didn't have children.  But Neal has gone missing!

Since Amelia specializes in missing persons, Jenny and Robert implore her to find their missing cousin, Neal, who they've been searching for over the past two months.  Amelia agrees to take on this touching case, and hopes to find Neal before the fortune is turned over to Dell's brother and sister.  In order to save the orphanage, she must find Neal before the reading of the will, or he'll forfeit his inheritance.  But how do you find a missing person in Mexico, particularly when time is of the essence?  I've mentioned before that cozy mysteries often feature intelligent women protagonists.  Is Amelia savvy enough to find Neal, the missing heir, with the help of her handsome partner, Rick Bonito? 

Author Linda Weaver Clarke is on a roll with this mystery series, which features spunky Amelia and dashing Rick, who work together.  There are unmistakable sparks between them, as well as a few passionate kisses, although Amelia attempts to resist Rick's charms.  (We readers think they're perfect for each other, naturally.)  I enjoyed this romantic cozy mystery a lot!  The writing is lovely and lively, and I felt as if I were experiencing the action myself.  Linda was inspired to write this book because of the darling children she met in orphanages in Mexico.  Although I've never visited a Mexican orphanage, I've been to Mexico many times, and her descriptions--of the land and the buildings and the food--are just about perfect.  This story flows well, and I read happily and eagerly (I thought that things would work out well in the end, although I wasn't able to figure out exactly how that would happen).  This is another positive, feel-good cozy mystery.  My copy was well edited, and I didn't realize it was a proof until I came to the very end of the book.

The Missing Heir is a wonderful addition to the Amelia Moore Detective Series.  I recommend all of the books in this series that I've read so far, without hesitation, to young adults and adults. 

If this new, cozy mystery sounds appealing to you, you're in luck. The author is generously offering an international giveaway for the ebook edition of The Missing Heir.  It works well as a stand-alone book, so don't be deterred if you haven't read the earlier books in this series. 

  • To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment. 
  • For another chance at winning, become a follower of this blog, or let me know that you're already a follower.
  • For an additional chance, post about this contest on your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.
  • For one more chance, leave a comment about the last cozy mystery you read.

Enter by 5 PM PST on Monday, December 1.  One winner will be selected randomly and announced on Tuesday, December 2.  Good luck!

Many thanks to talented story-teller Linda Weaver Clarke for sending me a complimentary copy of The Missing Heir.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series, The Mysterious Doll.

As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.

27 comments:

  1. This does sound like a good book, I'm glad you enjoyed it!!

    I'm familiar with this author but don't think I've read any of her books.

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  2. I think that my wife would like this series and I will recommend it to her.

    I find it is neat that when a book accurately describes a place that one has been to and experienced,

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  3. I will look for her books, but don't enter me in the ebook contest. Enjoyed your review. I'd like to visit Mexico again too.

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  4. Sounds perfect for me.email subscriber will tweet@rhondareads

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  5. Well done! I like your review! I just wanted to write a comment, but do not enter me in the contest!

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  6. This auther is my absolut favorite. I would love to read it. And also add it to my collection of books
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  7. Great review, I really should read more cozies and this sounds perfect. Though I don't wish to be entered into your giveaway (as you know I'm strictly a tree-book reader) I will happily mention it on my FB page. Good luck everyone.

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  8. I need to know what happened to Neil and what will happen to the children's!

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  9. I follow via Google Friends and subscribe

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  10. Sounds great, thanks for the chance :)
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  11. GFC: smurfette
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  12. pinned https://www.pinterest.com/pin/277675133250887886/
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  13. Last cozy read: MC Beaton - Something Borrowed, Something Dead
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  14. I read this a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it. All the books in this series are good.

    (Sorry, I made a typo above and deleted it.

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  15. I would love to win a copy of this book.

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  16. This is a new author and series for me. While I usually read psychological mysteries and thrillers, an occasional cozy is a nice change of pace.

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  17. I habdn't heard of this book previously, it sounds like a good winter choice.

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  18. Sandra, reviewed this on my blog and liked it too. It seems that Weaver has a knack for writing good cozy mysteries.

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  19. Thanks for the chance and especially for making it open to all. I follow you.

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  20. Thank you, Susan, for such a wonderful review. You have touched my heart, as always. I am also enjoying everyone's comments. Thanks.

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    1. Linda, thank you so much for stopping by! I will announce the winner soon. :)

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  21. I would love to win your book to give to my church library. Looking forward to reading it even if I don't win.
    Janet E.
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  22. I'm not entering the giveaway. I just wanted to say that this is a wonderful story. Linda has another winner in this one.

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  23. This sounds like another winner for you Linda and I enjoyed the review. I'll wait until the next novel by Linda to enter a giveaway. I've read two of Linda's novels and have not been disappointed.

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  24. I posted on my FB page at https://www.facebook.com/clenna/posts/10203567412481221?pnref=story

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  25. I haven't read any thing recently. I want to read the book Scarlet but haven't stared it yet.

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