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But Why Shoot the Magistrate? (Thoroughly Southern #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  231 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
When a popular youth pastor is accused of a grisly crime, MacLaren Yarbrough won't rest until she finds the truth. Her gut instinct tells her Luke Blessed is innocent. Still, how could the dream he had on the night a young woman was murdered depict the crime with such chilling accuracy? As MacLaren tracks down clues from all corners of Hopewell, GA, four like suspects ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published September 14th 1998 by Zondervan (first published September 4th 1998)
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But Why Shoot the Magistrate? – A charming, cozy whodunit, as eccentric and fun as the title. This second in series was a hoot to read! Enjoyable on so many levels: clean writing, witty humor, plausible plot, quirky southern-fried characters, fun but not fluffy.

“The night of the first murder, a full moon sailed over middle Georgia. Silver light and purple velvet shadows lent lawns, rooftops, and the broad, slick leaves of magnolias a luster of romance and mystery they didn't generally deserve.”
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Fun southern mystery series
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I enjoyed this fast read of life in a small Georgia town, with all its' quirky characters and a whole bunch of murders. I had the killer picked out fairly early, but still liked the book.
Sep 09, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Really appreciated the cozy mystery with scripture verse starting each chapter. While I figured out who done it, I still wanted to keep reading to see when they realized who it was. Good story. I will be reading more of this series & ordered some of this authors other series as well!

Oct 13, 2008 Julie rated it liked it
The second in this series, although I am reading them totally out of order. Although the main character is Christian, I would not call this a Christian mystery. Still, a good series to suggest to people who do not like gory mysteries.
Quiet cozy. Be aware author is pushing Christianity. Prejudiced portrayal of "new age" spirituality.
Jul 30, 2010 Maam rated it really liked it
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I'm not usually a big fan of Christian fiction but i did enjoy this book quite a bit. I loved the characters and even though it was a murder mystery, I did laugh several times throughout the book.
Nov 07, 2012 Cynthia rated it liked it
Really a very nice 'Christian' mystery series. I should probably give it a 3.5 in a rating, I'll definitely continue to read this series.
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Mac takes over being the judge as Joe Riddley her husbands gets shot. Here is where we see it all begins.
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When I met and married Bob, he looked over our budget and demanded, "Why don’t you write a mystery to pay for all the ones you buy?" I immediately knew I wanted to put a body in a building where I’d once worked. However, being over-endowed with the Protestant ethic, I wrote "important" things first and only wrote the mystery in my spare time, so my first mystery, Murder
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