Fallen From Grace


Fiction - Mystery - General
174 Pages
Reviewed on 06/19/2011
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Author Biography

A retired newspaper editor, J. R. Lindermuth lives and writes in central Pennsylvania. Since his retirement he has served as librarian of his county historical society where he assists patrons with research and genealogy. Visit his website at http://www.jrlindermuth.net

    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

Fallen From Grace by J.R. Lindermuth is just what the doctor ordered for a hot, summer afternoon accompanied by a cold glass of iced tea. Set in the late 19th century, Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman rarely has to exert himself in small town Arahpot, Pensylvania, as he tries to convince his girlfriend Lydia to marry him. As he begins the search for a deputy, the town experiences an epidemic of unnatural deaths. First a man is stabbed to death. Then, an obese man is poisoned, and the plot thickens as several suspects come to mind. Sheriff Tilghman uses a cautious and seemingly casual approach as he investigates clues to a mystery which becomes more intriguing with the passing of each day.

The sheriff's girlfriend has a cousin who vies for the position of deputy while he silently backs up Sheriff Tilghman, who appears to stumble into one nasty mess after another. With a laid-back sense of humor, author Lindermuth weaves an intricate plot which will have the reader speculating about the villain until the final pages.

The author's ability to develop his realistic and colorful characters is a definite strength. The reader will find him/herself laughing one minute and filled with tension the next. Not only does Lindermuth make his characters believable and entertaining, he tells a whale of a tale of good people and yesteryear. This book would easily lend itself to a sequel, and this reader hopes that Mr. Lindermuth has just such intentions.

Sunny Frazier

I'm very pleased to have been the acquisitions editor who came across this wonderful manuscript. I'm also happy he directed the Posse to this site. Great review, insightful reviewer!

john m. Daniel

Sounds like a winner! I wish much success to this book, to Sheriff Tilghman, to Mr. Lindermuth, and to Oak Tree Press, which I'm learning is a first class publisher.

Velda Brotherton

Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the great review. Helps to know what's good out there.

Bill Schweigart

As a fan of that time period and books like Lonesome Dove and Tom Franklin's "He'll At The Breech," this sounds right up my alley. Have to add it to the pile - can't wait to read it and give it the fifth star.

Sally Carpenter

Sounds like a good read! Hope you have great success with your book! I'm an Oak Tree Press author, too.

Paula Petty

Mr. Lindermuth, as you said, has the ability to develop strong characters. I interviewed Sheriff Tilghman for "Paula's Coppers" and felt as if he was there with me. Thanks for the great review.

Stephen Brayton

Good sounding mystery. Thanks for the post.

jack Everett

Sounds like you really enjoyed the read. All power to Mr.Lindermuth sounds like the start of a series with these characters. Keep up the good work.

marta chausée

the idea of a mystery set in pennsylvania more than a hundred years ago is intriguing. the review tells just enough to whet my appetite and make me reach for that amazon home page.

thank you.

marta chausée, Resort to Murder series

Don Helin

Looks terrific. I see you're from central Pennsylvania. We should get together.

Angela Roe

Sounds like a good read, thanks for the review!

Kathleen Van Schuyler

Read the book and I enjoyed it....

Theresa Varela

Sounds like a great read for these summer days. Thanks!

Clark Lohr

Sounds good-and with the author's research qualifications (newspaper work and genealogy research) I'm betting readers will encounter a strong sense of place and atmosphere-a portrait of a gone world.

Katherine Hinkson

Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the great review

Marja McGraw

Wonderful review! I definitely have to add this to my To Be Read list. I especially like the humor aspect.