About the Book
Widowed and officially retired, EUGEENA PATTERSON throws herself into organizing the neighborhood association. This presents a great opportunity to re-connect with old friends and get to know new neighbors like recently widowed Amos Jones, that is until Eugeena stumbles upon her estranged neighbor’s dead body. Eugeena’s daughter is fingered as a prime suspect, but where is she?
Determined to find her missing daughter, Eugeena and Amos sort through a list of neighbors with shady or unknown backgrounds. The more she searches, the more Eugeena becomes unsure about this neighborhood association idea. Someone closer than Eugeena thinks, wants to keep it that way.
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Eugeena Patterson, a recently retired school teacher, charges into the world of investigation when she stumbles upon the body of an old friend who has been murdered and her missing daughter is named as a person of interest.
Enlisting the aid of Amos Jones, a neighbor who is a retired police officer, she is determined to solve this case.
From the nice-but-nosey neighbor Louise to Porgy the Corgi, the characters are so true-to-life that I feel like I know them personally.
The plot is very well-written. Eugeena’s segue from teacher to amateur detective is seamless and totally believable. I like that the characters’ faith is evident through the book, but it doesn’t overwhelm the story. There are no preachy-feel-good-everybody-needs-to-go-to-church sentiments or any bible-thumping here. Eugeena relies heavily on her faith in God and that’s just how she is, it's not all in your face.
Like in her Victory Gospel Series, the author touches on an important issue. In this book, that issue is post-partum depression. After a conversation with Leesa, her daughter with whom she has a somewhat strained relationship, she realizes her daughter may be suffering from it. I hope in subsequent books, the issue is explored more and that Leesa gets help for it.
While the murder is ultimately solved, enough things are left open to make me anxious to know what happens next.
- What’s going on between Cedric and Carmen?
- What’s the real story about Leesa and Chris?
- Will Eugeena stop fighting the attraction and let herself get “friendlier” with Amos?
Eugeena and Amos strike me as similar to Alvirah and Willie Meehan, characters in a series by Mary Higgins Clark. I greatly enjoy the Meehan stories, but I identify more with the characters in Deep Fried Trouble. They’re more like me. Not outside the realm of possibilities for people like me. My world is more similar to Eugeena’s family than to Alvirah, a former cleaning lady who struck it rich when she won $40 million dollars in a lottery. I know that despite the odds, that’s possible and does happen, but still…
I give the story four stars out of five and will be breathlessly waiting for the next installment.
About the Author
Serving up a creative mix, flavored with FAITH.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. — 1 Colossians 3:17 NIV
Tyora Moody is an author and entrepreneur. Her debut novel, When Rain Falls, was released March 2012 (Urban Christian). This is the first book in the Victory Gospel series. The second book in the Victory Gospel Series, When Memories Fade, was released in April 2013 (Urban Christian).
Deep Fried Trouble, the first book in the Eugeena Patterson Mystery series will be released June 2013.
Tyora has coined her books as Soul-Searching Suspense. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers. She served as a judge for the Christy Awards for three years.
She owns and operates TywebbinCreations.com, a design and marketing company. For over twelve years, she has worked with authors, small business owners and non-profit organizations to develop their online presence. For free tips, how-to guides and e-courses, visit DIYwithTy.com.
When Tyora isn’t working for a client or doing something literary, she enjoys spending time with family, catching a movie on the big screen, traveling and when the mood hits her, baking cookies. Visit the author online at TyoraMoody.com.
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