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Miranda Warning

(A Murder in the Mountains #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,776 ratings  ·  270 reviews
Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well i
Paperback, 364 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by WoodHaven Press
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Heather Gilbert Cora, I tried to answer this, but it showed up with the spoilers! I would just say to re-read the beginning of chapter 50, where Tess and Charlotte ar…moreCora, I tried to answer this, but it showed up with the spoilers! I would just say to re-read the beginning of chapter 50, where Tess and Charlotte are talking. Hope that helps!(less)

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Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of contemporary mysteries
Note, June 30, 2018: I edited this just now, because I discovered I'd left the "I would recommend to..." box blank.

Although the author is a Goodreads friend of mine (and graciously autographed the book!), this series-opening contemporary mystery didn't come to me as a free review copy; I purchased it as a gift for my wife Barb, and it was one that she and I read together. My prior acquaintance with Gilbert's work was through her Vikings of the New World duology (she's an outstanding new voice in
Tess Spencer has been thrown some curveballs throughout her life, so she is no stranger to pain and heartache. She carries a knife and can handle a Glock on any day, ready to take on whatever comes her way. When an anonymous warning note, in the handwriting of a woman long dead, appears in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox, Tess starts to follow a trail that went cold years ago. With very little go on but a handful of clues and her own tenacity, Tess attempts to unmask the killer before she or s ...more
Jocelyn Green
This was the first contemporary novel I've read by Heather Day Gilbert, and it will not be the last! I knew the author was extremely talented from reading her Viking fiction, God's Daughter and Forest Child. Now that I have seen how skilled she is with contemporary (and mystery, no less!) I am even more impressed.

I loved the structure of the book, how it was told from two points of view with two different timelines, so I was given clues along the way in addition to what Tess Spencer, the main p
Karin Kaufman
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t you love it when you find a new fictional character to root for? As all mystery lovers know, it’s important to love a series’ main character, and I love Tess Spencer, the heroine of Miranda Warning. She’s intensely loyal, she’s both kind and tough, she carries a Glock or a knife when she does her sleuthing (the woman lives in the West Virginia mountains, after all, and she is no fool), and she says things like “More coffee is never a bad thing.”

But this book’s plot is also terrific--full o
Tess Spencer's friend, Miranda, receives a note from her friend who died 40 years ago. Tess is wondering who would do this and why and starts to look into Rose's death.

If you would ask me if I prefer 3rd person to 1st person, I would always choose 3rd person. However, the 1st person narrative in this mystery novel were laid out well and drew me in from the start. Tess was a quirky fun, lovable character, with her faults and I found myself smiling at a lot of her sayings and the fights she had wi
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Miranda Warning is an interesting and intriguing mystery read.
The story introduces Tess and Thomas Spencer. Tess is a Glock
packing, knife toting wife who becomes involved in a mystery
surrounding an older woman, Miranda.
Miranda befriended Tess when the Spencers moved into the
house on her husband’s parents property in the West Virginia
Miranda is dating a widower named Paul. His wife died over
40 years ago and was a friend of Miranda. Then a handwritten
warning is received by Miranda,
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm a little over 50% done with this book and felt the need to write. I'm really enjoying this. I had just finished a Viking book by Heather Day Gilbert, and knew I had another of her books in my cloud stash, so I downloaded it and started right in.

So.....only two things are similar about these two books....female lead and use of weapons. But the female leads couldn't be more opposite. In Forest Child the Viking heroine's favorite weapons were her sword, her bow and arrows, and her small curved
Whenever you embark on reading a new author for the first time, you don't know quite what to expect. Sometimes you are disappointed; sometimes you are mesmerized. But I love moments like these when an author writes in such an authentic way, full of messy, broken characters that point towards grace and hope.

Heather Day Gilbert has blown me away with Miranda Warning, which is part Christian fiction, part suspense thriller, and part Southern fiction. The dialogue is realistic and it is clear that
Beverly Locker
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought I'd take a break from reading my favorite genre, historical fiction. This mystery was just what I needed. The author kept me in suspense from beginning to end. Characters were believable and enduring. Reader is led through an investigation with strategic clues that keeps the story intriguing. ...more
Lady Delacour
Heather Day Gilbert
you have a new fan!
Story kept me guessing
as I went on Tess's
(weapon always on hand)
enjoyable mystery journey.
3.5 Shining Stars.
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I was a little worried about this book when I first started reading some of the reviews listing it a Christian fiction. I have to say the author did a fabulous job of balancing the characters Christian beliefs with a great little mystery.

The author also introduced me to a great new heroine in Tess Spencer. I really love strong women who can still be vulnerable and really like reading books where the lead is happily married. And no they are sickly sweet married, they have fights but still manage
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Yellow Begonia . . . .Warning or I am fanciful."

The warnings have begun, in spite of the fact that Tess Spencer has no idea who or why someone might be sending her veiled messages of impending danger. Her dear seventy year old friend has just informed Tess that she is considering a serious relationship with a widower whose wife tragically took her own life; or was it really suicide and what are this man's motives in securing the admiration of this very wealthy widow? Why now, after so many year
Susan Snodgrass
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just this minute finished reading 'Miranda Warning' by Heather Day Gilbert and let me tell you, she takes the reader on quite a fast paced roller coaster ride. From the first line, 'I chose the day I would die', to the last word, this book totally had me hooked!

I finished in less than 24 hours because I absolutely could not tear myself away from this book! The author creates a mystery so intense tht I was guessing up until the last chapter! For a while, I'd think one thing was going on, then t
Gwendolyn Gage
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Miranda receives a threatening note from someone posing as her fiancé’s deceased wife, Tess Spencer puts her Nancy Drew skills to work, determined to protect her elderly friend and expose the culprit. As Tess encounters suspects and uncovers new aspects of the mystery, she's pulled into a web of danger. Will she back off and abandon Miranda to risk, or will her continued pokes at the hornet's nest jeopardize her new family, her marriage, and even her life and unborn baby?

The author has a un
Tess's quest for the truth of what happened to Rose Campbell all started Miranda Warning that came in an anonymous note to stay away from Paul Campbell in Rose's handwriting. The problem was that Rose was suppose to be dead for over forty years.

Rose was a troubled woman, became a recluse, left clues and journals behind when she disappeared on New Years 40 years earlier. This troubled woman left a series of conflicting clues that Tess is determined find her way through the confusing spider's web
Jessica Patch
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love a good mystery that keeps you guessing and is loaded with great plot twists, quirky characters, and set in the Appalachian Mountains? If so, Heather Gilbert’s Miranda Warning is the perfect book.

Her strong, unique voice will hook you on the first page while the story unravels at a fast pace leaving you starved for more. I had to make myself slow down while reading!

Her heroine is strong, compassionate, savvy, and full of spunk. I enjoyed traveling with her as she hunted down the truth, and
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a terrific mystery! The snippets of memories at the beginning of each chapter were so intriguing, and I was a bit unsure what the mysteries would unveil for a good deal of the novel. In the end I even felt empathy for a character that I started out disliking because there had been such a twist. And I loved Tess - each little snippet of information that rounded out her character made her even more endearing. She was serious yet quirky, with a fun side and a propensity to be delightfully nerd ...more
Stephanie Landsem
If you're looking for a great mystery with unique characters and setting, Miranda Warning is it. This mystery kept me guessing and a plot with plenty of layers kept it interesting. Tess was my kind of heroine: smart, flawed, and someone I'd want to be friends with (plus anyone with a Doctor Who ring tone gets my vote!) The best part is that there's more of Heather Day Gilbert's books to look forward to! ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. What a read from a first time author for me. Suspense all the way. Couldn’t get enough.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this mystery/suspense! It's very realistic with relatable characters. It was free on Kindle when I read it but it would be worth paying for. ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery/Suspense Readers
Past and present collide as Tess Spencer helps her elderly friend, Miranda, discover who is sending 'warning' letters to her. As Tess tries to unravel the mystery of Miranda's friend, Rose, who was murdered 40 years earlier, Tess herself becomes a target as secrets are revealed and troubling truths begin to surface. I received this audio book as a gift from narrator, Becky Doughty, who does a great job with the character voices. Initially the story was a little confusing as it bounced from prese ...more
Mary felix
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book & sample!

I absolutely loved both stories! I'm hoping I can buy the 2nd ebook! I loved that there was NO sex in the books. Goes to show Heather can write a totally captivating story without going overboard. These stories are fantastic! I'm hoping to get the next book soon!
Karen Collier
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I first discovered Heather Day Gilbert’s writing through her book God’s Daughter , the first in her Vikings of the New World Saga, which I thoroughly enjoyed and reviewed over at the Edgy Inspirational Romance blog. When I found out her next book was taking the leap from historical fiction to contemporary mystery, I was curious and eager to see what this one would be like. I found it highly enjoyable, sharing some of the best features of the author's earlier work, including vivid settings and ...more
Cathe Swanson
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This story seemed like a straightforward mystery at first, but it turned out to be a multi-faceted introduction to what I expect will be a long series.

The author has created a refreshingly original world. I wouldn’t classify the book as “Christian Fiction.” Instead, Ms. Gilbert writes from a Christian worldview, and her setting includes a realistic mix of Christians and nonbelievers in community. None of them are perfect, and they live naturally according to their convictions. The heroine is a
Lisa Johnson
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Miranda Warning (A Murder in the Mountains Novel #1)
Author: Heather Day Gilbert
Pages: 364
Year: 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from the author via
Wow! I cannot wait until the author publishes her next novel, Trial by Twelve, because this novel was absolutely superb! The way the author wove the tendrils of the novel together kept me glued to the book for hours. Just when I woul
Lisa N.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a great book for the mystery turns and events in this awesome book.I enjoyed every single minute of this book
Janet Sketchley
Whether writing contemporary suspense or Viking historicals, Heather Day Gilbert delivers novels with vibrant characters and a strong sense of place. Miranda Warning is a compelling mystery that kept me thinking about it when I couldn't be reading.

Miranda Warning tells two stories in one, tying them into one satisfying ending. Tess is a young woman whose best friend, Miranda, happens is in her 70's. When Miranda gets a letter in a dead woman's handwriting, Tess starts asking questions.

The bulk
Alicia Ruggieri
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Spine-tingling fun! Heather Day Gilbert captures the mysterious appeal of the mountains well, combining it with superbly-drawn characters, unusual plot twists, a quick pace, and a satisfying conclusion.

The author used her first-person, present-tense voice to her advantage, giving a strong sense of immediacy to this murder-in-the-past tale. Tess is a quirky but not over-the-top narrator with a good sense of humor, a past with which we can sympathize, and concerns that we understand. She
Sara Conklin
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is yet another book that I wish I had picked up a long time ago. It had been sitting on my kindle shelf for the longest time, and I have no idea why I hadn't read it already. It was just that good.

Throughout this Miranda Warning you're following Tess Spencer on her journey to uncover the mystery surrounding a strange note that her elderly friend Miranda had received. But that's not even the half of it.

From the beginning the book is gripping. It grabs you and pulls you in for the ride ahea
Set in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, Tess Spencer follows her instincts when her senses go on alert. A couple of mysterious notes written to Miranda, an elderly friend of Tess, have set her on edge. Could they be from a ghost of the past or random pranks? Journal entries of a long dead woman reveal secrets that lead to questions and possible danger.

Written with great detail, the setting and characters are captivating. I love the Spencer family and their close relationships. This fa
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Award-winning novelist Heather Day Gilbert enjoys writing mysteries and Viking historicals. She brings authentic family relationships to the page, and she particularly delights in heroines who take a stand to protect those they love. Avid readers say Heather's realistic characters—no matter what century—feel like best friends. When she's not plotting stories, this native West Virginian can often b ...more

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