Designs on Ivy’s Locket
Published: November 2017 by Black Rose Writing
Previous Book in the Series: #1 – Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont
The Designs on Ivy’s Locket by Connie Chappell is the 2nd in the Wren Grayson Mystery Series.
First, let me thank the publisher Black Rose Writing, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wrenn Grayson is a busy lady, holding down three jobs in the small town of Havens, Ohio. She works for Mayor KC Tallmadge part-time. She also writes historical articles for the newspaper. However, the main thing that keeps her busy is being a Historian-for-hire. She tends to stick her nose into everybody’s business, so she often finds herself in some rather strange predicaments. Wrenn lives in a small cottage with her partner Gideon, who is a History Professor at the local university.
While the Mayor is away for a short time, Wrenn has time to take on the case of Kerry St. John, who wants her to find the ghost town of Wyatt, Ohio. Well, that was easy enough, but now he wants her to find out what really happened to the locket that his jeweller great-grandfather created for a soon-to-be daughter (who turned out to be a boy). Ivy’s locket, as it was called, was stolen in 1946 in Wyatt, and has ended up in the possession of Lori Hammond of New York, who refuses to give it up. Kerry insists it was stolen, and the journal his great-grandfather wrote seems to prove it. Since it’s worth about $75,000, neither party wants to give it up. While the original players in this mystery are now dead, their children and grand-children are alive, and someone knows something.
To make matters worse, both Kerry and Lori seem to have rather short fuses, and Wrenn finds herself trying to mediate.
Wrenn finds that solving this mystery may not be as easy as it seems, and a third party may be involved.
Connie Chappell has created a rather loveable character in Wrenn, and her plots are always interesting. This book seems to have a lot to do with family, and we learn more about Wrenn’s past as well.
Chappell’s writing is clear, and although I generally like more excitement in my books, these books are a fast, easy read…if a little too detailed at times. Again, I really like her characters, their thoughts and actions seem real, and the plot always has a twist or two to keep you interested.
Read: July 2018
Favorite Quotes from Designs on Ivy’s Locket:
“So, you’re spending your time with a woman who requires daily psychological intervention to remain rational, a man who the police eagerly detained for assault, the two of them are bitter enemies, and at stake is a seventy-five-thousand-dollar locket—which is a pretty good motive in my mind.”
“A person, any person, shouldn’t just be remembered by the worst thing he or she ever did.”
About the Author: Connie Chappell is a bestselling author of both literary fiction and the Wrenn Grayson Mysteries series. Her website is great, where she created maps of her fictional town of Havens. Now retired, when she isn’t writing, Connie spends her times out-doors whenever possible, gardening, golfing, walking, bicycling.