Item description for Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels (The Million Dollar Mysteries, Book 2) by Mindy Starns Clark...
Overview Working to provide quality work clothes to women who can't affort to buy their own, Callie becomes involved with one young woman trying to come out of drug rehabilitation--just as she's charged with murder. By the author of A Penny for Your Thoughts. Original.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.28 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
Series Million Dollar Mysteries
Series Number 2
ISBN 0736909931 ISBN13 9780736909938
Availability 0 units.
More About Mindy Starns Clark
Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. www.mindystarnsclark.com
Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children. www.lesliegould.com
Mindy Starns Clark was born in 1957.
Mindy Starns Clark has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels (The Million Dollar Mysteries, Book 2)?
Suspenseful, intelligent Mystery set in the Chesapeake Mar 31, 2005
"Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels" was the first book I've read by author Mindy Starns Clark, and this book turned out to be a dandy thriller. This is the second book in Ms. Starn's Million Dollar Mystery series. The first few chapters were a bit slow to get into the story, but by Chapter Five I was hooked on Callie Webber, the fresh, witty heroine of this series and the other wonderful characters inhabiting her Chesapeake Bay world.
Callie is a thirty-something widowed private investigator who has moved to the tranquil Chesapeake Bay area to start a new life after the tragic death of her husband in a boating accident. Callie has a new job as an investigator for a philantropic organization called J.O.S.H.U.A., where her responsibility is to investigate charitable groups who have applied for grant money. During a brief hiatus between assignment for J.O.S.H.U.A., Callie is doing a bit of volunteer work on her own with a local charity that helps collect career-type clothing for impoverished women. In the course of this work, Callie befriends a recovering drug addict named Shayna Greer, who suddenly finds herself accused of the murder of her boyfriend Eddie Ray. Shayna turns to Callie for help in proving her innocence, and Callie finds herself driven to find the real murderer. There are many plot turns in the story, and my the second half of the book, the suspense level is very high! Author Clark is known for her inspirational Christian writing, and while at first I was surprised with the Christian references, I found myself liking this strong, god-fearing protagonist very much.
Callie also finds herself flirting with her good-looking neighbor Kirby Collins, while also being attracted to her mysterious boss at the J.O.S.H.U.A. foundation, Tom.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading the other offerings in this great series!
Take This Book for a Great Read Jan 29, 2005
When Callie Webber is in her home town on the Chesapeake, she volunteers with Advancing Attire, a non-profit that helps poor women get started in office jobs, mainly by providing appropriate clothes. Callie's latest client is Shayna. When Shayna calls that afternoon, she's upset because her boyfriend, Eddie, is missing. When they do find Eddie, he's dead in the trunk of Shayna's car. Now Callie's unexpected week off has become quite full. With the police naturally focusing their attention on Shayna, Callie must find evidence that proves this young woman is innocent. When she does find something, it leads her to something she never would have imagined, and more danger then she can handle alone. Meanwhile, Callie is also investigating a national non-profit that claims it will help Advancing Attire expand its office space. And she' trying to deal with disappointment from not getting to meet her mysterious boss, Tom.
Like the first book, this one starts slow. It steadily gains speed and by the climax, it's impossible to put down. Even before then, the writing style draws the reader in and makes it easy to get caught up in the story and sub-plots. Callie really grows in this book as she is forced to face the isolation she's placed herself in after the death of her husband. And, while I saw the final scene coming long before I got there, I couldn't help but smile as I read it.
I am quite taken with this series and will be reading book three as soon as I can get my hands on it.
Terrifically Suspenseful read... Jul 13, 2004
What a wonderful book, I couldn't put it down. I spent the weekend on vacation and all I wanted to do was keep reading my book. Some Christian fiction books I read you know the ending by the 3rd chapter but not with Mindy Starns Clark. I didn't realize this was a series at first so I started with this book but I'm going back and getting the first one, A Penny for Your Thoughts. Wonderful writing, and I've read a lot of Christian Fiction.
Does Tom have a single, younger brother? Aug 7, 2003
...i'd like to play matchmaker with him and my older duaghter!
Yes, the characterization was that real.!I felt like I was reading about well-known friends. Along with Callie, the reader could really fall in love with Tom, too.
The realism extends to Callies' actions, as well. I was actually paddling in that canoe with her, my muscles aching with hers. When she was struggling with the "bad guys", I was fighting along with her.
I love the setting - of the Chesapeake Bay, eastern shore area. The front cover shows a famous, local crab house, where my family dined one afternoon. I can almost smell those cooked crabs again...
Thanks again, to Mindy and Callie You never know what to expect with a sequel, (remember the Crocodile Dundee movie?), but you two just get better and better.
Well Written; Suspenseful! Jul 19, 2003
Mindy Starns Clark is proving to be a gifted writer. In her second in The Million Dollar Mysteries series, Ms. Clark once again shows her talent for character development, as well as "edge-of-your-seat" suspense! The characters are believable and well rounded. The storyline is at once credible and riveting. Although it helps to have read the first book in the series, it's not necessary. It doesn't take long to make a connection to Callie Webber, the book's main character. She is a woman of faith - strong, yet vulnerable at the same time.
I look forward to book three in the series and to other future books by this author.