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The Butterfly Farm

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Newly widowed Harriet MacIver has just taken on her first travel writing assignment-rating an adventure cruise in the Caribbean. Add a gaggle of college students on a mini semester-at-sea voyage, a rusting hulk of a ship that misses more ports than it makes, and two deaths by poisonous butterfly, and Harriet is off and running on a hair-raising adventure. And that's before ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 485 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Thorndike Press (first published June 20th 2006)
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"The Butterfly Farm" is a Christian mystery novel about discovering the whereabouts of several kidnapped girls. For the reader, it's not so much figuring out who did it or how but in seeing how Harriet MacIver will figure it out. The clues were very obvious, and (this was a group read) all three of us readers had the "who done it" and why figured out long before Harriet did.

I found Harriet's personality and lack of cleverness rather frustrating, but this wasn't due to lack of good writing. The n
Barbara ★
Harriet MacIver goes on a low-budget cruise through Costa Rica because she's trying to start a travel writing career and this is her first assignment. The editor is her best friend and asks her to keep an eye on her daughter who is also on the cruise. The cruise itself is in partnership with a Florida college and provides college credits upon completion of the lectures. Almost immediately the daughter goes missing and someone else winds up dead. Harriet feels guilty for not keeping a watch on Ca ...more
Fascinating mystery about missing girls from a Costa Rican cruise. Spiritually light, but good mystery.
Newly widowed travel writer Harriet McIver sets sail on a cruise to Costa Rica on a ship that isn't exactly up to shape. As an aside, her boss asks her to keep an eye on his niece who is also traveling as part of a student contingency. One of the stops has a spa famous for it's beautiful butterfly farm. It is here that her bosses niece disappears and it is up to Harriet to find her.

I would consider this to be a cozy mystery. Although it starts out rather slow, it does get better.
joyce lynn
started out a bit odd for me, and wasn't holding my interest. i have this rule, tho, that once i start a book i HAVE to finish it, no matter what. i've followed that rule my whole life except for 1 book, which i keep picking up once about every 5 years to try again. anyway ...

about halfway thru this book, it started to pick up, and i got really interested. ended up glad that i'd read it. MIGHT even now go after the sequel!
ok finally got through this one and i am ashamed to say i should've finished it a LONG time ago. it was a quick easy read, and for some dang reason i just never made time to get into it. ah well. what i'd call a soft murder/mystery. i did solve it except for the " SURPRISE " ending part. wouldn't mind reading her other book's, but now it's time to move on and try to finish ALL of the other half read's in my house.
I couldnt put this down! I love her books...just the perfect amount of mystery and intrigue...would love to read one of hers that has romance in it!
new widow finds herself useful finding missing daughter of a friend.

took a while to get interesting
Apr 01, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Diane Noble is the award-winning novelist of more published books than she can count: historical fiction, contemporary mysteries and suspense, and romance (written under the pen name Amanda MacLean).

Diane writes from a heart of deep faith that's woven into her stories and nonfiction writings. She often posts on Facebook and Twitter about her journey with Parkinson's Disease and the unexpected gift
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