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A Case of Crooked Letters (Diamonds in the Rough #2)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  207 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Best-selling author Lori Copeland brings her special brand of quirky humor to this endearing series about three generations of women trying to build a harmonious life together under one roof. In this second book in the Morning Shade Mystery series, Maude, Stella, and Cee Cee must solve the mystery of the troublesome chain letters. Who is sending them and why? Copeland's re ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 17th 2004 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like these books, but there are too many inconsistencies and unnecessary events that have no relation to the plot.
Lois Hecksel
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bethany Swafford
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The year is coming to its end, and writer Maude is at her wits end trying to keep everything together. With a new project needing her attention, her mother in law acting out of character, strange chain letters everywhere, and her daughter sick, she learns that she needs to truat and rely on something greater than herself.

As far as mysteries go, this is very tame. We know quickly who sends the first round of chain letters, and it isn't until right at the end that we discover the identity of the '
Katherine Rowland
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fic-mystery
I wanted to like this book. The premise of the series and the novel itself seemed interesting, but the execution fell flat. The main mystery appears early on, but solving it gets short shrift as the characters spend their time coping with multiple side stories, NONE of which get resolved. I grasp that, as part of a series, this book may not be intended to answer all questions. However, if most of the book is going to be spent discussing subplots, there needs to be some resolution of those subplo ...more
Aug 06, 2009 rated it liked it
CeeCee, Maude, Stella, and company are back. This one has to do with chain letters. The new guy in the neighborhood is trying to win CeeCee in a most juvenile way. This guy can't take a hint! He flings spitballs at people's heads in church and Stella has to stare him down like the juvenile that he is. He's big on gags, causing many gags.

Stella claims that she's "only hanging on by a thread" and still reading the obits. She wants to be able to help Maude financially.

Maude can't pay her bills as
Debbie West
Sep 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book. by 3rd chapter I was too aggravated at the author. Maude complains if her lack of privacy, then takes off every chance she has to be alone. says her deadline is next day but hasn't even started. also cries at lack if money in house, but she just bought an exercise book she isn't even looking at. constant contradictions! Stella isn't the least bit funny, moaning about her age, reading obituaries. Cee Cee is at least a LITTLE colorful, trying to outrun a dog in her mai ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is part of a series set in Morning Shade. Stella Diamond lives with her mother-in-law who is "not long for this world" as she tells everybody, and her newly widowed daughter, along with two dogs and a stroppy cat. This story starts out with a chain letter from one person, then another starts a chain letter asking for more money and so on. Throw in mail fraud, a town prankster and a house full of animals and is it a wonder the Diamond women are a little frazzled. The so called lawman of Morn ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
It wasn't outstanding, but I liked it. This series is well worth reading.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such a cute, feel good series. It made me smile.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Very humorous mystery. I laughed out loud several times.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was cute, light reading. Perfect when you want to be entertained, but don't want to think too hard. Engaging characters, a little mystery, a little humor.
Diane Miller
Nov 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Once you begin reading this series you don't want to stop! The characters are well defined, and start to seem like family!
Anam Cara
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it
too long....
Elizabeth Meadows
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute book! I wish there were more in this series. Looking forward to reading the third one soon. Stella is such a fun character. I hope I am that feisty at 87, if I live that long.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it
this series of books makes me constantly thankful and they're quick, happy little reads. very nice when you're going out of the ordinary. they're quirky characters are hilarious.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it

Read this 2nd book in the series first and loved it!! Funny, touching...great read.
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Lori Copeland was born on 12 June 1941. She had a relatively late start in writing, breaking into publishing in 1982 when she was already forty years old. Over the next dozen years, her romance novels achieved much success, as was evidenced by her winning the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. She has been inducted into the Missouri Wri ...more
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Diamonds in the Rough (3 books)
  • A Case of Bad Taste (Morning Shade Mystery #1)
  • A Case of Nosy Neighbors (Morning Shade Mystery #3)