George and Mary Thomas persevere their way through the Great Depression of the 1930s by renting rooms in their house, but one of their tenants has gone missing and when police ring their front doorbell Christmas Eve, their Yuletide Season is suddenly detoured…With the signing of peace treaties after WWI – modest people in towns and cities throughout Europe and across North America dared to focus energy and hope on rebuilding. Believing war and military threat was behind them the general population embraced the 1920s only to be shaken to their core again, this time by a sharp global economic decline in the 1930s. And while new German leadership was once more shaping an armed storm of turmoil – on a quiet tree-lined residential street all unassuming inhabitants of the Thomas boardinghouse looked forward to Christmas, 1935. The very idea of a foreign spy living among them was absurd, but the fixated ambitions of one fanatical man on a continent forty-six hundred miles away had managed the unthinkable. Then a dismembered body found at a local meat packing company in a bin of discarded beef parts for pet food, was a gruesome puzzle for police. Days later, when the true identity of the murder victim was confirmed – selected federal investigators from both sides of the 49th Parallel swiftly assumed investigative control. And with that abruptly the entire Thomas household became reminded of just how close was Europe – and – how fragile was peace…
Reviews for the Book
Another great read from this author. Two stories intertwined comes together nicely. The research done on train scheduling was amazing! Interesting characters in a close family which gives the reader a break from the mystery. Loved the foods mentioned......you will crave cookies. - Jackie
About the Author: Sherrie Todd-Beshore
I began writing and publishing as a reporter then editor of my high school newspaper ‘The Static’. Ten years later I committed to writing columns and features professionally for weekly magazines then daily newspapers in Alberta,Canada – Colorado, USA and New York. In 2006 I took another writing leap leaving journalism for full-time fiction: MG/YA mystery and adult suspense-thrillers.
I’ve been so fortunate to have lived, traveled or worked in many European and Mediterranean countries. I have dual Canadian/US citizenship and call all of North America ‘home’. My husband and I blended a family of five offspring in 1990. Those ‘adventures’ first featured in the Denver Post became material for my first non-fiction book [Blended Not Shaken-2003] the 2nd edition “ANOTHER-BLENDED NOT SHAKEN” was published in 2015.
To date I have 17 titles in print and eFormat – of which my adult fiction mystery “FINE POINTS MALICE AND PAYBACK” was selected by the Independent Press Award Committee for a 2019 Distinguished Favorites Award in April then in June my Middle Grade fiction THE CROW CHILD was a Purple Dragon Book Award Winner via Story Monsters Ink. In 2020 another of my mystery suspense thrillers THE COUNT OF BALDPATE was chosen for a Distinguished Favorite Award – thrilled and honored. My sequel to “Dream Gate…Grabbing Air” is out and available – DREAM GATE II…GRABBING TIME.
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