Chime and Punishment (A Clock Shop Mystery #3) (Paperback)
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Expert clockmaker Ruth Clagan has another murder on her hands in the third Clock Shop Mystery from the author of Clock and Dagger.
Years ago, the serenity of picturesque Orchard, Massachusetts, was shattered by a fire that destroyed the town's beloved clock tower. Ruth inherited the dream of repairing it from her late grandfather. Now that she’s returned home to run his clock shop, the Cog & Sprocket, she’s determined to make it happen, despite wrenches that are being thrown into the works by her least favorite person, town manager Kim Gray.
A crowd of residents and visitors are excited to see the progress of the tower at a fund-raiser for the campaign, until Kim is found crushed under the tower’s bell, putting an end to all the fun. The list of suspects is so long it could be read around the clock, and it includes some of Ruth’s nearest and dearest.
Time's a-wastin’ as Ruth tries to solve another murder in her beloved Orchard while keeping the gears clicking on her dream project.
About the Author
Julianne Holmes is the author of Just Killing Time, the Agatha nominated debut novel in the Clock Shop Mysteries, and is the pseudonym for J. A. (Julie) Hennrikus, whose short stories have appeared in the award-winning Level Best Books. She serves on the board of Sisters in Crime, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime New England.
Praise for the Clock Shop Mysteries
“A fast-moving story, and a great start to an intriguing new series.”—Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries
“Perfect timing! In her charming debut, Julianne Holmes creates the perfect contemporary cozy—with a smart and engaging heroine, a quirky and mysterious Berkshires town, and a cast of characters to rival any who live in Cabot Cove.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award–winning author of the Jane Ryland series
“The clock ticks ever faster in this delightful debut mystery...The story, with a hunky barber, Ruth's childhood friends, and conflicts between the new town manager and the ‘old’ Orchard, winds up to a suspenseful and satisfying end.”—Edith Maxwell, Agatha–nominated and national bestselling author of the Local Foods Mysteries
“With its bucolic setting, engaging characters, and clever plotting, Julianne Holmes has crafted a mystery to stand the test of time.”—Jessie Crockett, national bestselling author of the Sugar Grove Mysteries.
“An intriguing premise, a fun mystery and a town and heroine with heart."—Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries.