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When Did We Lose Harriet? (MacLaren Yarbrough Mysteries #1) [Paperback]

By Patricia Sprinkle (Author)
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Amateur sleuth MacLaren Yarbrough follows the trail of clues left behind after a teenage girl disappears from her Montgomery, Alabama home, leaving behind a large sum of money

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A teenage girl has been missing from her Montgomery, Alabama, home for six weeks. She may be a runaway, a crime victim, or both. What's amazing is other people's lack of concern. Just one person cares that she's gone: a spunky amateur sleuth on the sunset end of sixty. Armed with razor-sharp insight, a salty wit, and tenacious faith, MacLaren Yarbrough follows a trail of clues -- a wisp of a hint, a shadow of a lie -- in search of answers to questions that come hot and fast and that grow increasingly alarming. How did a fifteen-year-old girl come across a large sum of money? Why did she hide it instead of taking it with her? Where is she now? And who is willing to kill to keep MacLaren from probing too far? Masked by Dixie charm and the scent of honeysuckle, a deadly secret lies coiled . . . one that holds the ultimate answer to the question, When Did We Lose Harriet? When Did We Lose Harriet? is the first of the MacLaren Yarbrough Mysteries, featuring plucky, sixty-some heroine MacLaren Yarbrough. Look for further books in this series in the near future.

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  • Library Journal - 09/01/1997 page 170

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   302
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   0.815 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1997
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Series  MacLaren Yarbrough Mysteries  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  0310212944  
ISBN13  9780310212942  
UPC  025986212940  

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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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I love all the characters.  Jan 13, 2010
This series is a must for light detective buffs. It has small town charm mixed with parenting of grown children. It's great.
MacLaren Yarbrough Is My New Hero  Mar 12, 2009
When Did We Lose Harriet? by Patricia Sprinkle is the first book in the Thoroughly Southern series and it is delightful. MacLaren Yarbrough is called to Montgomery, Alabama when her brother has a heart attack. As if she hasn't enough on her mind right now, she's asked to fill in for her brother who usually volunteers at a local teen center on Tuesdays. While there she discovers an envelope stuffed with money hidden inside a library book. Through some clever checking around, she soon finds that the money belongs to Harriet Lawson, a fifteen-year-old local girl. In her efforts to return the money, she realizes that no one knows where Harriet is and really can't remember when they last saw her, and no one seems very concerned about that. Well, except for MacLaren who can't imagine why no one knows or seems to care where a fifteen-year-old might be.

Ms. Sprinkle has created a marvelous character in MacLaren Yarbrough, a Southern woman on the sunny side of sixty. The author has also supplied a list of characters in the front of the book which is very helpful if the reader is like I am and sometimes requires a refresher of just who someone is in the story. The writing is excellent. Ms. Sprinkle paints lovely word pictures, making it easy to see the places she describing. She has also added some fine Southern humor to the story. I would give this book 4-1/2 stars if that were possible. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
Excellent start for the MacLaren series.  Jul 12, 2007
This is one of my favorite mystery series. I have read all of them. Maybe in time Patricia Sprinkle will write more with these characters.
Another excellent book in the series!  Aug 11, 2006
MacLaren Yarbrough is a delightful character in this well written series that I have just recently discovered. In fact, this series has become my number one favorite because of the quality of the writing.
When Did we Lose Harriet?  Jul 28, 2006
Interesting read--well written. Keeps you engaged and wanting to know the outcome, and you like the characters along the way.

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