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  • Mass Market Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (5 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425236056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425236055
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Shamma on 8 Jun. 2014
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I was really excited to get back to these series with this last installment. I had missed Aggie and all the mischief she gets up to - albeit unintentionally!

She never fails to entertain us - both Aggie and Emilie Richards, the creator of these wonderful mysteries. I love the lightheartedness and humor that Richards intertwines into her mystery, and I love the little side stories that take place simultaneously - with Aggie and her daughters.

As former minister Goodwin Dorchester passes away at a party celebrating his return, Aggie finds herself once again in the midst of a possible murder, of which the prime suspect is his wife, Hildy, who had an argument with him the night of his death.

It is Aggie's duty to find out the true culprit as she is confident Hildy could never pull it off, despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. In the process, Aggie finds out there was a lot more to Goodwin Dorchester than meets the eye, and a lot more suspects arise that could have potentially had more reason for his death than Hildy.

Another wonderful mystery in Emerald Springs with Aggie in the lead with another grand finale showdown.

When I grow up, I want to be just like Aggie.
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By gemini on 1 Sept. 2014
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just loved ie
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great fun! 14 Oct. 2010
By S. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read all the other books in this series, I could hardly WAIT to get my hands on Richards' latest cozy mystery. Fixed a cup of tea, curled up on the couch, and lost myself in the fictional Emerald Springs for the rest of the day. Now I'm missing Aggie and Junie and Ed and the rest of the characters. Such a joy to read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Lori Caswell - Published on Amazon.com
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Aggie Sloan-Wilcox is the wife of minister Ed Wilcox of the Consolidated Community Church of Emerald Springs, and she somehow keeps finding herself trying to do good deeds for others but ends up investigating murders.

In this installment of the series, Goodwin "Win" Dorchester, a former pastor of the church comes back to enjoy his retirement in Emerald Springs. But his retirement ends abruptly when dies suddenly after a party celebrating his return.

Just as the mourners from his funeral are about to leave to go to the cemetery, the service is cut short because the coroner's office has requested an autopsy, feeling his death was not by natural causes but murder. His wife Hildy, minister's wife extraordinaire, is outraged. Then to top it off the police feel Hildy is a prime suspect.

Aggie is knows Hildy is a busybody and sticks her nose in where it doesn't belong often, but she is no killer. With a little investigation Aggie comes up with quite a list of other people who may have killed the former pastor, but she also learned some secrets that "Win" had been keeping. Secrets that could lead to more people dying. Aggie needs to get to the truth and get to it quickly.

This entire series has been delightful. The small hometown setting should resonant well with all readers. With a back story of church and ministry these stories are not at all "preachy", they are pure entertainment. The characters are like any you would meet in any church, anywhere in the country. You may even draw comparisons with members or pastors or their wives to those of your own church or community. The plots are well developed and are true cozy mysteries that will keep you pleasantly occupied from the first page until the last and then awaiting the next story to the series.

It was interesting to read the author's biography, as she is herself a preacher's wife though these stories are in no way are autobiographical, thank God, especially with the high murder total in this fictional small town. She is also the author of The Shenandoah Album Novels and several other novels. Check out the slide show below for more stories by Emilie Richards.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Cozy Mystery! 6 April 2011
By Southern Fiber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It has been a long, long time since I have read a mystery. Since I have gotten back into book review blogging, and am looking to provide a truly eclectic book review experience, I decided to feature several cozies along with some of the other books I have been reading. I am so glad this book is my first featured cozy! Richards provides a beautiful, quaint setting for her murder plot. Many of the characters are so likable you'll want to keep spending time with them even after you finish the book. Not to mention their town is one that seems like it would be a great spot for a weekend getaway. Or would it be? Aggie seems to be a magnet for dead bodies, and it seems like several turn up in this little town. Not one to stay out of other peoples' business, Aggie takes it upon herself to find the true murderer, convinced it can't be her predecessor Hildy. Richards takes readers on a journey full of surprises and hairpin turns before she reveals the true murderer, and believe me, you'll see several suspects in these pages. For a great cozy mystery that keeps you guessing until - literally - the very end, pick up a copy of A Truth for a Truth and prepare to be greatly satisfied!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The case of the poisoned preacher 19 July 2011
By Chrijeff - Published on Amazon.com
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It's been 15 years since the Rev. Godwin Dorchester held the pulpit of the Emerald Springs Consolidated Community Church, and now that he's retired he and his wife Hildy have returned to town to live out their golden years. At least, that was their plan, but all mystery readers know about the best-laid plans of mice, men, and former ministers. The Reverend Dorchester unexpectedly drops dead in his own back yard, and the next thing Aggie Sloan-Wilcox, his successor's wife, knows is that his demise has been ruled homicide (by poison) and she's up to her neck investigating it. As Aggie says, she's "just a normal mother of two who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time far too often. I'm sure there are mothers all over the world who find murderers in their spare time." Maybe there are, but it's not likely that they do it with the humor and panache of Aggie and her friend Lucy. Although her delightful mother Junie isn't present (being off attending a craft show somewhere on the West Coast), Aggie is up to her usual standard as she tries to prove that Hildy Dorchester didn't kill her husband. The fifth volume in this fun series of cozies crackles with original characters and sly, chuckling humor, and will not disappoint Aggie's fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
pleasant humor and a light mystery 3 Dec. 2012
By Violetta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This series is a cheerful one that provides good entertainment value. It's mainly about people and how they relate to each other, and there's not a great deal of meaning beyond the surface story, but it still makes for pleasant reading and keeps one guessing. We get to know Aggie Sloan-Wilcox, the minister's wife, the best (she's the amateur sleuth), but her two children, Deena and Teddy, are both great additions who provide parallel action too. Aggie is naturally curious--a self-described busybody--and in this particular book, there is a second busybody who is the former minister's wife, Hildy. Having TWO busybodies in one mystery was almost too much for me. They frequently get annoyed at each other for their overbearing attitudes, which can be kind of funny in a way, but since their actions also revolve around solving a murder, there is an element of suspense too.

I didn't find the characters very profound or compelling in this particular book, and I actually preferred the author's earlier book, Let There Be Suspects. But this one is still pleasant enough and full of quite a few smiles. It isn't necessary to read the books in this series in order; they can stand alone quite easily.
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