When Mabel Wickles decides to retire from being Parson’s Cove’s only amateur sleuth, she never dreams that she might soon be back at work on a cold case. There’s no body; there are no clues––just a mother who left her husband and deserted her children many years ago. All Mabel has to go on is a young doctor newly arrived in town who seems to have too much money for a physician just starting out, the missing woman’s daughter who’s recently secured a plush job at the local hospital, and her father––the local moonshiner. Most of the women in Parson’s Cove are more intrigued with whether the handsome doctor––Robert Campbell––is still involved with the missing woman’s daughter––Carly Patterson––his old teenage flame. It seems to be the classic case of the good boy and the good girl––gone bad. Besides being frustrated with the lack of clues about the missing Patterson mother, Mabel is also worried that her homemade wine supply is running out. She reasons, if Pa Patterson can make moonshine, couldn’t he make her some wine? She decides to take a trip to the Patterson farm, and maybe while she’s there, she might just find out what happened to Mrs. Patterson those many years ago. However, she soon finds herself at the business end of a shotgun, and realizes that Carly Patterson’s dad is as dangerous as everyone claims. Is this COLD CASE CONUNDRUM really worth her life?
Several years ago, Sharon Rose had a short story published in Women’s World. That story introduced the reading world to two quirky characters, Mabel Wickles and Flori Flanders, and to a small town named Parson’s Cove. There are now six books filled with Mabel and Flori’s adventures in solving mysteries: Slipand Go Die, Perplexity on P½, Calamity @ the Carwash, Save as Murder, Frozen Identity, and the latest, Cold Case Conundrum.
Ms. Rose and her husband live in Manitoba, Canada. They have four grown children and four grandchildren. For the past fourteen years, they have spent some of their winters in Galveston, Texas, where Sharon does most of her writing. Besides writing cozy mysteries for Cozy Cat Press, she has written one historical fiction book, Sarah’s Valley (Sharon Mierke), and another mystery entitled VirtualEnemies. She has had several short stories and children’s stories published.