Item description for Fatal Deduction by Gayle G. Roper...
Overview When estranged twin sisters Libby and Tori are forced to share Aunt Stella's old Philadelphia home in order to receive their inheritance, a crossword puzzle with hidden threats shows up on their doorstep and Tori refuses to take it seriously--in spite of the dead man who delivered it--but Libby soon realizes that the answer to her problems lies in the riddles of the crosswords. Original.
Publishers Description "One across... Three down..." The answer is in the puzzle. The danger is in not solving it before time's up. Libby Burton longs to be close to her twin sister, Tori, but their lives have taken them in different directions. Forced to share Aunt Stella's old Philadelphia home in order to receive their inheritance, Libby hopes for a change, but it isn't looking good so far. First, Tori tries to steal the affection and allegiance of Libby's thirteen-year-old daughter, Chloe. Then when a crossword puzzle with a hidden warning shows up on their doorstep, Tori refuses to take it seriously-in spite of the dead man who delivers it. Libby finds comfort in neighbor Drew Canfield, but he hesitates to trust her after his disastrous marriage. As Libby struggles to act faithfully in the midst of these confusing relationships, she must also deal with a stolen diamond and a botched kidnapping. The answer to her problems lies in the riddles of the crosswords, if only she can solve the puzzle before it's too late.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.63 lbs.
Release Date May 20, 2008
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1601420137 ISBN13 9781601420138
Availability 0 units.
More About Gayle G. Roper
Gayle Roper has been writing mystery and romantic suspense novels for more than thirty years and is the author of over forty-five books. She is a three-time Christy Award finalist, the winner of three Holt Medallions, and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from "Romantic Times" magazine. Her novel "Autumn Dreams" won Romance Writers of America s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She and her husband, Chuck, divide their time between Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada."
Gayle G. Roper currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Fatal Deduction?
a pleasant afternoon's reading Aug 4, 2008
I enjoyed the story of two sisters who must share a small Brownstone for a few months in order to inherit their Aunt's estate. It was a fun afternoon's read, and I enjoyed not only the story, but the twists and turns along the way.
Great mystery Jul 11, 2008
I read this book in one afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. Libby Burton and her twin sister, Tori, don't have much in common. Libby has always thought of Tori as vivid, and of herself as bland. Most of the time they don't even like each other. Then their great-aunt Stella dies, and has left the sisters her Colonial row house in Philadelphia, with instructions that they have to live there--together-- in the same house-- for six months. Talk about having to earn your inheritance. The action really heats up when Libby stumbles over a dead body on the front stoop with a crossword puzzle addressed to Tori on his chest. Things go from bad to worse when Tori resorts to her usual game of competition, trying to win over Chloe, Libby's thirteen-year old daughter. Tori denies she knows anything about the murder, but more crossword puzzles arrive, and Drew Canfield, their handsome neighor complicates matters by being underfoot all the time. A fascinating mystery with a cast of characters I'd like living next to me. Well, all except Tori. A little of her would go a long way. Clever and well-written with an ending that will leave the reader smiling.
Surprises await Jun 21, 2008
Libby Burton and her twin sister Tori, have been at odds all of their lives. They have gone their separate ways. Tori works in Atlantic City coordinating the travel of the big rollers. Libby remained in the small town where they grew up. She works in an antique business with the woman who brought her to faith, and Libby has a 13-year-old daughter, Chloe. The child's father turned his back on Libby when he found out she was expecting his child. This happened shortly after Libby's grandfather and father were sentenced for crimes committed while serving as police chief and police lieutenant.
Great-aunt Stella has died and left her home and estate to Libby and Tori, with only one catch involved with claiming the inheritance. Both Libby and Tori must move to Philadelphia and live in the house together for six months. Libby prays this will draw them closer together. Then a body is found on their doorstep with a crossword puzzle attached that's addressed to Tori. Also, Libby is not pleased with Tori's influence on Chloe. A dead body and threatening crossword puzzles are only the beginning of the adventure for the Burton twins.
Tori's love interest is in Atlantic City while Libby draws the attention of the man across the street. He is on sabbatical in Philadelphia to study Benjamin Franklin. Along with his daughter Jenna, they become friends with Libby and Chloe.
Throw into the mix some unexpected antique finds, old high school classmates, and a family secret kept for years-and the adventure becomes more complex. Surprises and revelations await you.
Armchair Interviews says: This Christian suspense has a reader's guide that presents many added insights.
An Enjoyable Mystery Jun 16, 2008
The book was a fun read. There's a thread of romance, a trace of suspense, a twist of mystery. And there are a couple twists -- especially toward the end that I didn't anticipate. The interaction between the sisters made me laugh -- I could see it playing out in real life all too well. They may look alike, but their takes on life and how they act are miles apart. Drew Canfield and his daughter provide a nice layer to the plot as well. And the girls were more than secondary characters stuck in the plot to fill the obligatory child role. The rest of the cast of secondary characters develops into a full-fledged Greek chorus and added a depth to the story.
Mystery romantic novel Jun 9, 2008
"I opened the front door at 5 a.m. on a July Thursday and stepped into murder." With this opening sentence written by Gayle Roper, you can expect excitement, and you won't be disappointed.
Gayle Roper takes readers into the world of Libby Keating, Libby's 13 year old daughter Chloe, and the extreme ups and downs of Libby's life. Libby got pregnant as a teenager and never did get married, so this is a story of a single mom, who is now a devoted Christian, whose family and especially her twin sister, Tori, treat her badly.
I am a gardener, and appreciated what Libby said, while looking at her flower box. "Life's like a flower box, isn't it?" She looked at him. "The brilliant blooms of joy and the past-their-prime moments of pain. You can't have one without the other."
Little does Libby expect the mayhem and tests of love that she will face. Kidnapping, Tori's dangerous job at a casino and her mysterious boyfriend, threats to Tori in the form of foreboding crossword puzzle clues, a charming single dad who becomes Libby's neighbor, culminating in a wild rescue attempt by a mismatched group including a senior lady with a pistol in her purse.
Did I mention a potential love story developing between two wary people? Stolen jewelry and gambling debts? A cute relationship between Libby and her teenaged daughter? Pick up a copy of "Fatal Deduction" and see how this all plays out.