Buy Now: Celtic Curse: An Yvonne Suarez Travel Mystery
By Wendy Dingwall
Publication Date: May 2013
Retail Price: $14.95
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About the Book:
Fiona Batson shares with employer Janice Armstrong her compelling need to return to her childhood home in Peebles, Scotland. Thirty-nine years earlier, her sixteen- year-old brother, Duncan, vanished, and Fiona can only bring closure by searching for clues to Duncan’s disappearance. Janice refers the fifty-five year old housekeeper to Yvonne Suarez, a travel agent who thwarted an international art theft ring, recovered the golden statue of Hera, and saved Janice’s life a year earlier on a trip to Greece.
Yvonne has always wanted to travel to the land of Braveheart and Rob Roy. After hearing Fiona’s tale of her missing brother, she decides to accompany Fiona on her quest and plans a familiarization trip to Edinburgh and surrounding cities. While Yvonne is busy learning about Edinburgh, home of the world famous Edinburgh Tattoo, and Peebles, host of the nationally acclaimed Beltane festival--she and Fiona are drawn into a cold-case investigation that soon leads to murder.
Along the way, they encounter hidden secrets and Scottish superstitions. They are secretly followed by Fiona’s first cousin and put off by the local police. When they question Duncan’s old girlfriend, they discover that she is now married to one of Duncan’s best friends. She rebuffs them with claims of second-sight and Cailleach’s curse. And why are they so warmly welcomed into the home of Craig MacIntyre, owner of the Peeble’s Woolen Mill and the last person to see Duncan alive?
Advance Praise for Celtic Curse:
“A delightful addition to the Yvonne Suarez Travel Mystery series. ...She (Dingwall) brings back David Ludlow as Yvonne’s lover and the chemistry between the two is charming and sweet. She very adeptly reveals the complex layers of Yvonne’s past relationship with her abusive ex-husband and the thin line she must walk to ensure his relationship with his daughter is not damaged. The mystery is a good one with enough suspicious characters to keep the reader guessing throughout while being entertained with stunning imagery.” –Christy Tillery French, Midwest Book Reviews
“Fans of adventurous travel agent Yvonne Suarez will enjoy journeying with her to historic locales in Scotland as she delves into a long-unsolved case and tangles with ancient Celtic spirits. She uses her smarts to outdo the local constabulary, her intuition to get reluctant folks to open up, and even her skill at yoga to literally wiggle out of a tight spot. Recommended for travel and mystery buffs everywhere.” –Jenny Bennett author of Murder at the Jumpoff