Manuscript For Murder by Chautona Havig is a Christian murder mystery which I really enjoyed. It had me guessing from the start – who was committing the parallel crimes? Once again I suspected many characters but failed to guess correctly.
The lead character is wonderfully eccentric in her dress but with a heart of gold. I immediately warmed to her as she spread goodness wherever she went. She wasn’t holier than thou, she had a past but in Christ she was a new creation. I loved her kindness and her quirkiness. She reminded me of Angela Lansbury in Murder She Wrote.
None So Blind by Chautona Havig is a delightful Christian novel. It is the first in the sight Unseen series and I cannot wait for the rest. None So Blind is a cleverly constructed novel about an awakening and second chances.
The novel has God at the centre. Characters pray and turn to Him. The local pastor helps to instruct in a godly way and provide answers to questions.
There is the theme of trust – both human and divine. “Remember you can choose to trust in His faithfulness.” Trust is a choice. We can give in to fears or we can trust God. We need to trust others too as we were never meant to live in isolation.
Amateur Sleuthing At Its Best
Such A Tease by Chautona Havig is a Christian historical mystery. It is the second book in the Meddlin’ Madeline series but can be read as a stand-alone.
I very much enjoyed Such A Tease. It was an amusing read as the main character attempted to turn amateur sleuth. Very much reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, Chautona Havig’s Madeline investigated crimes with an air of innocence. Her light heartedness, whilst being a deep thinker and problem solver was endearing. Madeline was a very modern woman for her time. She was independent and refused to be confined to a woman’s role of the time.
I loved the way Chautona Havig included what characters were thinking. It enabled the reader to really get to know them all.
Christmas Lights is a collection of four contemporary festive tales. Each one unique and totally fabulous reads.
The Heart Of Joy by Vikki Kestral is a delightful tale that explores love and loss. Joy fears loving again as everything she loves, she loses. God does not wish us to live a life of fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. God wants us to trust Him and live again.