Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Penhallow Train Incident by M S Spencer @msspencerauthor #Archaeology #CozyMystery #RomanticSuspense

The Plot:

In the sleepy coastal Maine town of Penhallow, a stranger dies on a train drawing Historical Society Director, Rachel Tinker, and curmudgeonly retired professor, Griffin Tate, into a spider’s web of archaeological obsession and greed. With the help of the victim’s rival, they set out to locate the Queen of Sheba’s tomb. Their plans are stymied when a tug of war erupts between the sheriff and a state police detective who want to arrest the same man for different crimes. It’s up to Rachel to solve a mystery that includes two more murders, if she wants to unlock the soft heart that beats under Griffin’s hard crust.

About the Author:

Although M. S. Spencer has lived or traveled on five of the seven continents, the last thirty years were spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director, and “domestic engineer”—aka parent. After many years in academia, she worked for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in several library systems—both public and academic, and at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. She holds a BA from Vassar College, a Diploma in Arabic Studies from the American University in Cairo, and Masters in Anthropology and in Library Science from the University of Chicago. She divides her time between Maine and Florida. All of this tends to insinuate itself into her works.

Writing as M. S. Spencer, she has published eleven best-selling contemporary romantic suspense novels.


I love well-written murder mysteries, and I confess I’ve been a fan of Ms. Spencer for several years. Alex Trebeck has said many of the best Jeopardy contestants come from the D. C. area, and reading Ms. Spencer’s bio, I suspect she’d really kick… um…

About The Penhallow Train Incident. It’s a wonderful romp through Maine, Egypt, and the Sudan while Rachel and Griffin try to solve a murder, track a suspect, and even search for the tomb of the Queen of Sheba. There’s a wonderful cast of supporting characters including both natives of Maine and “outsiders”—people who can’t trace their ancestry back to the fur traders who settled Maine before the American Revolution. (Okay, I may be exaggerating a bit, but apparently they’re pretty insular up there.) Throw in a whopper of a surprise ending, and The Penhallow Train Incident is a perfect beach read. (I don’t know why they call them summer reads. Unless you’re reading War and Peace, a book isn’t likely to take the whole summer these days.) The Penhallow Train Incident is almost three-hundred pages, but it’s not a long read because once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down. So, I suggest carving out some time before you start reading. Stockpile food, tell the family they’re on their own, and lock the door.

Length:  266 Pages
Print:  $16.99
Digital:  $4.99

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