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In St. Patrick's Custody (A Patrick and Grace Mystery, Book 1) [Paperback]

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Grace Johnson, elderly New York City widow, "ran away from home, and at my age!" she says. Patrick O'Mally, retired New York cop, comes to her rescue by taking her to the homeless shelter where he volunteers. Grace quickly becomes their most valuable employee. The fun begins when a priest from St. Patrick's Cathedral recruits them to help solve a mystery: the statue of St. Patrick has disappeared! They are led on a merry chase by a young girl, and along the way they just happen to solve the one murder case that has bugged Patrick for years, as well as get caught in the middle of an attempted poisoning. IN ST. PATRICK'S CUSTODY is the first in the Patrick & Grace Mystery series. Patrick and Grace have quickly risen to become one of America's most favorite senior sleuths.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.3" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2006
Publisher   Star Publish
ISBN  1932993479  
ISBN13  9781932993479  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Smith was a missionary in Venezuela, S.A. for several years before establishing a HELPs mission in Grand Forks. She is a contributing associate editor for Heritage Quest, Red River Valley Memories, and MinnDakota Mysteries.

Janet Elaine Smith currently resides in Grand Forks, in the state of North Dakota.

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One of Janet Elaine Smith's Best  Aug 18, 2006
If you haven't met Patrick and Grace yet, In St. Patrick's Custody, is the perfect place to be introduced. It's the first book in Janet Elaine Smith's Patrick and Grace series. Ok; think funny, touching, and a retired NYCDP cop in one novel. Then add Grace, a priest and a homeless shelter. Mix in a little girl who seems to be on her own, an old unsolved murder, and a missing statue. What do you get? Another great cozy mystery by Janet Elaine Smith. Be sure to catch her other books, too!
Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be!  Aug 17, 2006
Grace Johnson, recently widowed New York City housewife, sits on a bench in Central Park each day and feeds the birds. Retired cop Patrick O'Mally comes to the park daily, too. Is it coincidence that just before Grace's children decide to put "mother" into a rest home, these two finally introduce themselves - and it's an instantaneous CLICK? Or is it just everything going according to plan?

I'm not a mystery reader, and that's probably because I'm not fond of formula books. But I have read and enjoyed two of Janet Elaine Smith's historicals, so I ordered IN ST. PATRICK'S CUSTODY fully expecting a good read.

I was not a bit disappointed. This "mystery without the cliches" is gently told, and filled with characters whose human foibles make them real. It's also (dare I say this, or will I scare someone away?) a curiously inspirational tale. While the author never preaches, and never allows her characters to do so, either, their faith in the Higher Power watching over their lives comes through loud and clear.

Threaded through the book, also, is another theme dear to my heart: that life for the aging Grace Johnsons and Patrick O'Mallys of this world is far from over. Their love story, and (running parallel to it) Grace's discovery that she can make a satisfying life of her own after years of being simply "wife and mother," are the tale's most memorable elements.
If you like cozy mysteries, this one is for you!  Aug 17, 2006
Grace Johnson was an unlikely candidate to be involved in solving a mystery. Grace was an elderly woman whose children wanted to put her away in a nursing home after the death of her husband, James. Grace decided that there was still some life in the old girl yet and that she wasn't quite ready to be sent to an old folk's home. She ran away from her children and her empty life. Grace ended up in a New York City homeless shelter where she found happiness in being needed.

Patrick O'Mally was an ex New York City policeman with a grudge, a grudge against the Vince Bellazoni who had killed in his son. He was also a very lonely man since his wife, Margaret, died. Meeting Grace Johnson was the best thing that had happened to him in a long time.

Someone tried to poison Father O'Brien. Who would try to kill such a beloved old priest? Someone stole the statue of St. Patrick from St. Patrick's Cathedral. Who would stoop so low as to do such a thing? Was that really a leprechaun that Grace kept seeing every time she saw that poor dirty little homeless girl? Did Vince Bellazoni really kill Patrick's son?

In Saint Patrick's Custody by Janet Elaine Smith is a lighthearted mystery chock full of surprises, twists and turns. Read along and be delighted by the story of Patrick and Grace as they try to solve the mysteries - and end up falling in love along the way.


A smile and a mystery  Jul 24, 2005
I knew I was going to like Grace Johnson the minute I met her in Janet Elaine Smith's Partick and Grace mystery series. These books are warm and human with real people and intriguing mysteries. I hope they keep coming and highly recommend them to everyone who enjoys a good read. They're fun!
A touching, different, fun mystery  Dec 1, 2004
In St. Patrick's Custody, by born storyteller Janet Elaine Smith, introduces us to Grace Johnson, a diminutive and quirky senior sleuth with a down-to-earth attitude and considerable spunk. Grace calls on her life experience and innate keenness to delightful advantage as she confronts potentially deadly mysteries, all the while fighting a personal battle of high stakes. Not a moment too soon, Grace finds a perfect sleuthing partner in redoubtable "retired" New York City detective Patrick O'Mally, with whom she forms a vibrant relationship. Readers in search of a mystery that delivers a lump in the throat along with a pleasurable zing of suspense and discovery should consider picking up this heartwarming novel.

(Review by Jimmy Fox, author of Deadly Pedigree, Lineages and Lies, and Jackpot Blood)

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