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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Written Off ~ Barbara Cornthwaite

This is book 3 of the Wilkester Mysteries, a cozy mystery read.  This is the continued story of Katrina and Todd going from engaged to planning a wedding along with crime and death wrapped into it along the way.  Katrina is now teaching writing classes at the University until her an Todd are married, Todd is still a detective.  When the stories/papers Katrina is having the class write becomes real incidents, what can this mean? Is there a killer in her class?  Is her class teaching someone how to kill?  Todd is trying to figure this out, along with helping Katrina with planning their wedding... but things keep happening that put a little drama in the planning... will they survive their first fight?  Will they be able to handle careers with life and still get married as planned? 

If you have read the first 2, you will want to read book 3 as the story continues.  This book wasn't as in depth of the mystery being the center of the story.  This book was more about the relationship between Todd and Katrina with the mystery/drama on the side, but it does all tie in at the end.   It was a read, however, if you are looking for a suspenseful page turner, not this book, but if you want a cozy read with drama, mystery and romance then pick up this one.  You don't need to read 1 or 2 to read this, but it will definitely help to read in order - if read out of order, you will have many spoiler alerts..... Good afternoon read.

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About the Book

Book:  Written Off

Author: Barbara Cornthwaite

Genre: Christian Cozy Mystery

Release date: May 2021

 ”Break a leg?”  They’ll be lucky if they don’t all break their necks!

After years of waiting, Katrina finally has her happily ever after. All is right with her world . . . until hate crimes begin happening in the charming college town of Wilkester. Even more disturbing is the fact that the perpetrator seems to be connected with the writing class Katrina teaches. How can she prevent her rosy visions of the future from turning into broken dreams?

Find out in this third book of the Wilkester Mysteries.

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 About the Author

Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.

 More from Barbara

What Kind of Lessons Could a Mystery Possibly Teach Me?

It’s been a couple decades since I taught a college English class, and writing the Wilkester Mysteries with Professor Katrina Peters as the main character brought back happy memories of teaching. Not enough to want to go back to it—homeschooling my own kids is much more rewarding—but enough that I had to stop myself from writing much longer lectures into the stories! These are my first contemporary novels, and it was nice to write a story without the hours and hours of historical research I usually have to do. But whatever time period stories are set in, people feel the same emotions and have to learn the same spiritual lessons.

Katrina loves literature and can’t help seeing her own life as a story. The only problem is that she keeps thinking she knows what the Author is doing, and she has definite ideas about what the plot should be. She is not unlike myself: over and over I’ve thought I knew what God was doing in my life. And if He was short on ideas, I had quite a few that He was free to use! But He has rarely been doing what I thought He was, and for some reason He never seems to use my ideas about what could happen in my story.  Both Katrina and I need to learn the lesson that God’s wisdom is beyond ours, His storytelling is much deeper and richer than ours, and His plots are never predictable!


To celebrate her tour, Barbara is giving away  the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback of the book!!

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