Keep Calm and Read This! P.J. MacLayne ~ Her Ladyship’s Ring

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It’s finally here!  The second book in the Oak Grove Mysteries series, Her Ladyship’s Ring, is available now at major ebook retailers.

Harmony Duprie is back, and so is trouble in Oak Grove.

When  man is murdered in the back yard of the old Victorian house she is remodeling, Harmony is determined to locate his next-of-kin so he can be put to rest properly.  But with her ex-boyfriend Jake out of prison, back in town and one of the suspects in the murder, she takes on the challenge of solving the crime.

With Eli, her current love interest, in Florida and Jake close by, old emotions come back to haunt her.  Can Harmony clear Jake’s name and solve the mystery of her own heart?

*Although each book in the series is a complete mystery (no cliffhangers!) it is recommended that the books be read in order.  And yay!  The first book, The Marquesa’s Necklace, is currently on sale for 99¢.

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Let’s take a peek inside:

Almost cheerful after talking to Eli, I headed home.  My stomach growled as I unlocked the door to my apartment and pushed it open, reminding me the only thing I’d eaten at the Flamingo were peanuts.  The package of frozen lasagna thawing in the fridge awaited me.  Although leftover lasagna always tasted better when I rewarmed it in the oven, the microwave would have to do for once.

After flipping on the light, tossing my purse on the easy chair and hanging my coat on the coat tree, I headed towards the kitchen.  As I filled a glass with water from the pitcher I kept in the refrigerator, I hesitated.  Where did the package of lasagna go?  I was sure I’d put it on the second shelf, right under the water.

“I must be losing my friggin’ mind,” I muttered and set the glass on the cupboard to free my hands.  Either that, or I was still asleep and dreamed the whole thing.  Not like I believed either one.  Still, I moved aside everything from the front of the shelves and opened every drawer, and didn’t find what I was looking for.  I did find an out-of-date yogurt container, which I promptly tossed in the garbage, but no lasagna.

Puzzled, I opened up the freezer.  Maybe it had been just my imagination.  But no, there was an empty spot right where the package had been.

I considered the mystery as I warmed up a can of tomato soup, even checking the garbage to make sure I hadn’t accidentally put the lasagna there.  Sitting on top of the cereal box I’d emptied at breakfast, I spotted the balled up foil, all that remained of my lasagna.

While my soup cooled off, I rushed through the apartment, looking for something, anything, out of place or missing. I should have called 911 but experience told me they would find nothing. I certainly did. Even the ring was untouched and it was in plain view on my dresser.

Although I wasn’t hungry anymore, I couldn’t waste the soup. After reheating it, I sat at my kitchen table and ate the soup straight from the pot. No sense in dirtying another dish. Whoever had been inconsiderate enough to eat my supper had been considerate enough to wash their own dishes. The contradiction puzzled and annoyed me.

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Born and raised among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, P.J. MacLayne still finds inspiration for her books in that landscapes. She is a computer geek by day and a writer by night who currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. When she’s not in front of a computer screen, she might be found exploring the back roads of the nearby national forests and parks.

 

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