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Murder at Barclay Meadow

A Mystery (Rosalie Hart #1)

Wendy Sand Eckel


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Rosalie Hart's world has been upended. After her husband confesses to an affair, she exiles herself to her late aunt's farmhouse on Maryland's Eastern Shore. With its fields untended and the house itself in disrepair, Barclay Meadow couldn't be more different than the tidy D.C. suburb she used to call home. Just when Rosalie feels convinced things couldn't get any worse, she finds a body floating in her marsh grasses. When the sheriff declares the death an accident, she becomes suspicious. The dead girl, Megan, reminds her of her own daughter, who has recently gone off to college, and she feels a responsibility to find out the truth.

Rosalie confides her doubts to her friends in her creative writing class, and they ask to join her investigation, beginning the search in earnest. Meanwhile, Rosalie works on restoring Barclay Meadow to its former glory-with help from the rugged Tyler Wells, a farmer who once leased the land. When Rosalie discovers her aunt's favorite bread recipe on a yellowed index card, she begins baking, and with her deep love for nourishing others rekindled, she starts to feel alive again. But as she zeroes in on the truth about what happened to Megan, she begins getting ominous threats. Determined to get justice for Megan and protect the new home she's begun to build for herself, Rosalie races to catch the killer in this deftly plotted and heartwarming debut.

Praise For Murder at Barclay Meadow: A Mystery (Rosalie Hart #1)

“Eckel's first mystery is a traditional cozy that embraces current tech trends like Facebook. The main character, Rosalie, is dealing with a divorce and other issues, but she still recognizes when others need help and has a heart big enough to provide it. Everything comes together in a satisfying read that will lift your spirit.” —RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

“Please welcome the new cozy mystery writer in town! Eckel's riveting debut makes a nice addition to the genre and will certainly entertain anyone who enjoys the work of Dianne Mott Davidson or Katherine Hall Page.” —Library Journal

“Small-town secrets, a charming old farmhouse, and a protagonist struggling to redefine herself come together to make Murder at Barclay Meadow an irresistible debut.” —Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author of Lethal Letters

“An appealing protagonist launches a new life with courage and grace in a fresh and intriguing mystery.” —Carolyn Hart, national bestselling author of Death at the Door

“Murder at Barclay Meadow is a complex, well-crafted traditional mystery infused with the rich flavor of Maryland's Eastern Shore. I'm recommending it to my friends.” —Elaine Viets, national bestselling author of Catnapped!

“A richly atmospheric, fast-paced mystery with an appealing heroine and her band of quirky friends.” —Virginia Lowell, national bestselling author of Cookies and Scream

“Murder at Barclay Meadow brings the Chesapeake Bay to life with charming characters that can't mind their own business, small town humor, a face-paced plot and a heartfelt mystery. Discovery of self, great recipes and a ruthless killer makes Murder at Barclay Meadow a can't-put-down one night read.” —Duffy Brown, national bestselling author of Pearls and Poison

“Reading Murder at Barclay Meadow, Wendy Sand Eckel's debut mystery, is like spending time with good friends. Recently separated from her husband, her daughter off to college, Rosalie Hart moves into a two-hundred-year-old house on the eastern shore of Maryland and is immediately drawn into a murder investigation. The story is compelling and Rosalie is a protagonist you'll be rooting for as she solves the mystery of the dead girl.” —Penny Warner, award-winning author of Death of a Crabby Cook

“Caught my attention from the very beginning and never let go. It's a delectable blend of mystery, danger, love, loss, friendship, and a woman's single-minded determination to find justice.” —Gail Oust, author of Kill ‘Em with Cayenne

Minotaur Books, 9781250058607, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

About the Author

WENDY SAND ECKEL is a psychotherapist who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, where she enjoys her family, multiple pets, and life on the water.  Murder at Barclay Meadow is her first novel.