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But Why Shoot The Magistrate(MacLaren Y Mysteries) [Paperback]

By Patricia Sprinkle (Author)
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The spunky, sleuthing, Southern sexagenarian MacLaren Crane Yarbrough investigates whether Pastor Luke Wallace is really responsible for a murder in a sleepy rural Georgia community, and for almost killing her husband, a magistrate. Original.

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When a popular youth pastor is accused of a grisly crime, MacLaren Yarbrough won't rest until she finds the truth. Her gut instinct tells her Luke Blessed is innocent. Still, how could the dream he had on the night a young woman was murdered depict the crime with such chilling accuracy? As MacLaren tracks down clues from all corners of Hopewell, GA, four like suspects emerge. But the police aren't buying her theories. Even her husband, local magistrate Joe Riddley, resists her amateur sleuthing. This case, he feels, is too dangerous. Just how dangerous, both of them are about to discover. The assailant strikes again, leaving Joe comatose from a gunshot wound to the head. And suddenly, a new question stares MacLaren in the face. It's the most perplexing question of all -- and the most personal: Why shoot the magistrate?

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But Why Shoot The Magistrate(MacLaren Y Mysteries) by Patricia Sprinkle has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 11/01/1998 page 66

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   309
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 14, 1998
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Series  MacLaren Yarbrough Mysteries  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  031021324X  
ISBN13  9780310213246  
UPC  025986213244  

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More About Patricia Sprinkle

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Patricia Sprinkle grew up in North Carolina and northern Florida, graduated from Vassar College, and spent a winter writing in the Scottish Highlands before settling in Atlanta. Although as an adult she has also lived in Chicago and Miami, her mysteries and novels reflect her love for and the strength of her Southern roots. Sprinkle is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Contact her at

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Just wonderful!  May 16, 2010
There is something wonderfully familiar about the locale and the characters in this series. Maybe because I'm in the same age range as Maclaren Yarborough and grew up in the south,it's very easy to identify with her family and friends. I was given this book by a neighbor and since I usually stick to serious mysteries, legal thrillers and some non-fiction, I was sure this would be much too "corny" for me. But I loved it!!!! Hope this series doesn't end!
A really good read.  Jan 13, 2010
Once you meet all the Yarborough family, you will want to visit again and again. I read the first book and immediately bought the whole series, and read straight through them.
On par with the rest of Ms. Sprinkle's novels  Jul 28, 2009
I've read a few of Patricia Sprinkles novels now and while they are entertaining, after the third one, the plots are all the same. An amatuer detective who everyone insists not get involved, but in the end rely on her to solve the murder. One character is singled out and made the patsy until the real murderer is revealed in the end.

There were two aspects of the book that irritated me to no end, though did not have a true impact on the story. The first is how it seemed no one in the county had a cell phone. Only towards the end did the good Dr. Drew produce one. There were some instances in the story that having the characters possess and actually use a phone that would have made the story more believable. Namely the scene that involved McClaren being trapped in the shed.

The second inference is a purely grammatical one and its the phrase "Co-Cola" that was used several times in the novel. If your characters are drinking Coca-Cola then say they're drinking Coca-Cola or just Coke; it is hardly trademarked anymore. Yes, I realize referring to it as "Co-Cola" is a vernacular and regional reference, but writing it makes the people sound illiterate. Hving lived in the deep South for an extended period of time I know for a fact on the whole they are well educated and pointing out a accent via phonetics is debasing to all involved.

If one is looking for some light reading, "But Why Shoot the Magistrate" will more than foot the bill. The story on a whole is tight and well written, but very predictable to those who have read any number of Ms. Sprinkle's books.
scooter mc goo  May 15, 2009
When I finish reading one of these books, I feel like I'm leaving friends. It's enjoyable reading to find basic family values, humor and not obscenity.
Patricia Sprinkle does it again, another great read  May 8, 2009
This is a well written mystery and it is a great read. The cast of characters really have a sense of being from the south. I cannot put it down.

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