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by Emilie Richards

When the ex-wife of a local celebrity is charged with his murder, minister’s wife Aggie Sloan-Wilcox seeks divine inspiration to help clear her name.
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ISBN: 0425226646
ISBN13: 978-0425226643
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Emilie Richards
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (February 3, 2009)
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Rating: 4.3
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When a small circus anchors itself on a vacant farm just outside Emerald Springs, Ohio, the city council (as Aggie Sloan-Wilcox observes) is probably having SNITS--which is the acronym of the circus's name (Sister Nora's Inspirational Tent Show, a platform for the eponymous Nora's supposedly divinely inspired message regarding global warming). But Aggie soon finds herself having rather more than snits when she's dragooned into serving as the town's liaison to Grady Barber, a former movie star and recording artist who's attempting to make a comeback and is using his boyhood home town as a stepping stone to that end, having agreed to judge the local elimination talent show being held to finance a new pediatric wing for the hospital. Barber, it turns out, is demanding, tyrannical, and bad-tempered, and when, almost halfway through the book, Aggie finds him knifed to death in his dressing room, she isn't entirely surprised; apparently he'd made a large cast of people mad at him over the years. But when Sister Nora turns out to have been his first wife--and the murder weapon to have come from her headquarters--Aggie refuses to believe that she may have been the one who got mad enough to put Grady's lights out for good. And so once again she's in the thick of the investigation, this time with the tacit consent of both her concerned-but-supportive husband and hunky Detective Roussos. Who *really* killed Grady--his much-abused personal assistant, the mother of the finalist he was "coaching," the man whose wife he seduced on a previous local talent show, or someone entirely different? Meanwhile Aggie's elder daughter Deena is undergoing the trials of teenhood, made no easier by her participation in the show. Well-paced and full of chuckling humor and small-town atmosphere, this fourth in the series continues the promise of its predecessors.
So often a successful writer will soon have people saying "Not as good as her early work..." Sometimes I think that's really true, and sometimes it's just a question of coming to the book with high expectations.

Emilie Richards consistently delivers a well-plotted, engaging cozy mystery. The detective-character is a Unitarian minister's wife, Aggie Sloan-Wilcox. They live in a small town somewhere in Ohio and have two school-age daughters. Aggie is likeable and easy to identify with, as she tries to be a good mother, not offend members of her husband's congregation and yet have a life of her own, and manage to earn some money "flipping" houses with her best friend-realtor-business partner.

The plot for this book involves Grady Barber, a Simon Cowell-like character who is being paid to judge an charity-fund-raiser knock-off of American Idol -- they're calling it Emerald Springs Idyll, after the town. Grady offends people right and left, including poor Aggie, who has been given the task of liaisoning with his long-suffering assistant to keep Grady happy. Meanwhile, an ecology-focused circus has come to town to build a biosphere: the circus's founder is convinced that God has commanded her to do this and to preach greater concern for the planet.

Although I wasn't stunned at the perpetrator of the murder, I hadn't figured it all out either -- it really could have been one of several people. If I had any criticisms, it has to do with something that makes me remind myself it's just a story: that criticism is that Aggie puts herself and her family in danger with some of the chances she takes. It doesn't detract from an enjoyable read, however.
I have ready the entire series and enjoyed them all. I would recommend this book.
Emile Richards has been a favorite read for me since I first read her quilting series, so finding her again with this series was a treasure find. I like her characters and the way she writes. Good Read.
Delightful, humorous mystery centered around church life from the inside. As a minister, I was surprised that there were so many recognizable "church characters" in real life church political situations especially as revealed in one liners. Good character development and wonderfully fun characters. Just plain fun.
Aggie Sloan is back with another mystery. Combining humor and thrills this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Gotta admit I was kinda rooting for the murder victim to drop in this one!
Lahorns Gods
This book was okay not great.
Another great book by Ms. Richards. You can't miss when you pick up one of her novels. Each and every one is a winner and a worthwhile read.