Hark! The Herald Angel Screamed
An Augusta Goodnight Mystery (with Heavenly Recipes)
By Mignon F. Ballard
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312376673, 256pp.)
Publication Date: November 11, 2008
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It’s Christmastime in the seemingly tranquil town of Stone’s Throw, South Carolina, but amid all the caroling, cookies, and cheer, a murderer casts a not-so-jolly pall on the holiday season.
Augusta Goodnight, guardian angel, sometime sleuth, and welcome boarder with longtime resident Lucy Nan Pilgrim, comes to the aid of her friends when, as Lucy Nan is searching for the perfect Christmas tree on her grandmother’s abandoned estate, a mysterious stranger plummets to his death from the mansion’s balcony. Lucy Nan can’t shake off childhood stories of the ghost of a girl who fell from the same spot long ago---has the ghost come back to haunt the living, or is there an all-too-human murderer at work?
Mysterious events are soon heating up faster than spiced punch left on the burner, and it will take Augusta’s help, not to mention some celestial Southern cooking, for peace to be restored and Christmas lights to shine once again in the little town of Stone’s Throw.
Mignon F. Ballard grew up in a small town in Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism. She is the author of six previous mysteries featuring angelic sleuth Augusta Goodnight, The Christmas Cottage, an inspirational fantasy, and The War in Sallie’s Station, a novel about growing up in rural Georgia during World War II. She lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with her husband, Gene.
“Ballard writes with great warmth and sassy humor.” --Publishers Weekly
“Ballard’s warmth and compassion for her characters makes this series a must for readers who like their mysteries on the cozy side.” --Publishers Weekly
“Light, bouncy prose, small-town Southern perspective and characters, and a most fetching angel...” --Library Journal
“[Ballard] keeps you reading with an offbeat succession of small-town characters and Augusta’s quirky warmth.” --The Charlotte Observer
“Mignon Ballard creates an entrancing world suffused with cozy Southern charm, female friendships, and intrigue…but the best is the strawberry-scented guardian angel Augusta, who adds a touch of wisdom and wit---not to mention killer desserts.” --Sarah Strohmeyer, author of Sweet Love
“Augusta has got to be one of the cleverest and wittiest angels ever to grace a cozy mystery!” --The Baldwin [Kansas] Ledger
“Ballard’s inspiring series, featuring guardian angel Augusta Goodnight, deserves a golden halo.” --Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand Mysteries