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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 5: As Patient as Death (ebook and print) by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery)

Falcon's Bend Series, Book 5: As Patient as Death (ebook and print) by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery)
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Until death do us part...

Lisa and Falcon's Bend Police Department Detective Pete Shasta are enjoying roles as Mommy and Daddy to their adopted baby boy. Despite the radical adjustment, they've never been happier or more fulfilled as individuals and as a couple. Seeing the contrast of her own marriage and that of her neighbor's, Lisa can't help sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong--and not for the first time…

Sweet, ever-hopeful Eva has suffered the ravages of cancer for most of her life. Just after she was diagnosed with recurrent cancer, she met Jerome Boca and he'd swept her off her feet in a whirlwind romance with a fairytale wedding to follow. A little more than a year ago, the newlyweds moved into the subdivision Lisa and Pete reside in Falcon's Bend. Eva believes in being a submissive wife to her husband and Jerome is Mr. Charming--to the point that Lisa doesn't trust him one little bit, especially when Eva opens up to her and admits he's not everything they've both portrayed him to be. Lisa knows there's something criminal going on, but Pete refuses to get involved in private domestic matters. In her own sleuthing, Lisa discovers that, not only has Jerome taken out an immense life insurance policy on his dying wife, but he's been married twice before...in both cases, to terminally ill women. But that's only the beginning of Lisa's fears. Unexpectedly, Eva gets the good news that she's in remission. Will a man who's been as patient as death with his wife's suffering become a killer when the goal he'd been waiting to be realized is thwarted?

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Karen Wiesner
Jun 9, 2015
“Though this is number five in the Falcon’s Bend Series, the authors did a good job of bringing the reader up to speed with the characters and past events. As the story moves along, it becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. If you like reading a mystery that follows a crooked path, one that will keep you guessing to the end, AS PATIENT AS DEATH, is one for you.” ~Kings River Life Magazine http://kingsriverlife.com/04/25/as-patient-as-death-by-karen-wiesner-chris-spindler/
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Huntress Reviews (http://www.huntressreviews.com )
Sep 18, 2014
4 Stars!

You do not have to read the previous mysteries to enjoy this one, but for those who have read them you will be see more of the ongoing dramas among the main and secondary characters. As for the Bocas, I admit to having a difficult time trying to figure out if Jerome was "a Prince Charming or a creep" and if Eva was "a liar or just brave and selfless". The situation becomes even more convoluted when Eva's brother enters the scene. This episode has many twists, turns, and even a few surprises that will keep all mystery fans guessing. Wonderful!
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"Beware the fury of a patient man."
~John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

"Don't wait to be hunted to hide..."
~Samuel Beckett, Molloy

February 16, 2005, The Daily Press News

LOVE AND MURDER IS IN THE AIR. Honeymoon Haven Inn, a romantic luxury resort hideaway nestled in the woods in upper northwest Wisconsin, played host to a murder this past Valentine's Day when a blizzard shut down local roads and left the inn cut off from the rest of the town for three days with only minimal staff including the manager, Stephen Mendez, a maid, and the concierge.

Twenty-five-year-old Todd Wentz, spa masseur, was found dead, stuffed into a second floor janitor's closet, death by bludgeoning with a marble statue. Due to an abundance of rescue operations already taking place in the town below, the local police were unable to intervene for several days.

Among the handful of guests were fashion designer Bobbi Kniseley, with her New Zealand model boyfriend, Dave Gilpin, and assistant Trisha Everson. Additionally, retired photographer, Rollie Stoddard, and his wife Barbara were celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Concierge Felippo Theoclymenus commented that "the roving-eyed retiree and his poor, self-conscious wife easily charmed by the smooth-talking masseur known for his gigolo exploits with female guests, young or old" had been fighting throughout their stay, culminating in the husband's jealous tirade that ended in Wentz's unceremonious murder.

The case was investigated by another guest, Detective Peter Shasta, on vacation from Falcon's Bend Police Department in Central Wisconsin, along with his wife Lisa, who actively aided her husband in working on the mystery. "It was dangerous--I was attacked by one of the guests, a suspect, at one point, and most of the people at the inn during that time could have been guilty. All were suspicious in one way or another. But, as you can imagine, having a real vacation is nearly impossible for my husband. When he gets a week or more off from work, we always leave town. The last thing we expected was to find another case while on vacation. But I knew the only way we could get back to our romantic getaway was for me to help Pete with the crime. While the situation was a tragedy...well, I admit I kind of liked playing sidekick to my husband's Columbo on holiday." Detective Shasta claims he couldn't have solved the mystery without his wife's impressive amateur sleuthing...

August 24, 2005, Falcon's Bend Chronicle

WIFE OF LOCAL POLICE DETECTIVE TURNS AMATEUR SLEUTH. "I knew something bad was up as soon as she moved into the subdivision a week ago with two kids. Cassandra Delicia--" the apt, made-up alias of Cassandra Clemens "--totally neglected the children while she sunbathed in nothing more than a velvet choker with a cameo and had sex in the backyard with the guy who called himself Jim Kenmore and showed up not long after she moved in. There was no way she gave birth to a child--not with that body. She had every man in the subdivision revved up, including Elias Moseley," Lisa Shasta, case representative at Liace Adoption Agency in Eau Claire and wife of Falcon's Bend Police Detective Pete Shasta, told reporter Dean Murphy.

Other residents in the small Wisteria Road subdivision included another detective, Daniel Vincent, and his wife Melody, employed at the Herman Art Gallery in Eau Claire, along with Elias Moseley, a freelance computer software Beta tester, whom none of the other residents saw much of in the two years he lived there.

"On Monday, I got up early and noticed something in the backyard," Lisa said. "I found Cassandra's cell phone, which she carried with her everywhere, and part of the flimsy wrap she was last wearing--torn and dirty. Cassandra was nowhere in sight. I was worried about the kids, so I knocked on the door. No one answered, but that evening after work I went back to the house with my friend Melody and rang the doorbell. We looked in the windows and saw that the kids were still inside. When they fearfully opened the door, I knew there was something wrong. The children hadn't seen her since the day before, and they were terrified and starving after being left alone for countless hours. What else could we do? We fed them, then we talked to our husbands."

In the meantime, Lisa secured a fingerprint from Clemens, which her husband used to run a check on Kenmore. When Lisa realized Kenmore (the alias of Jim Clemens) intended to flee the subdivision with the children later that night, she tried to intervene. "He knocked me unconscious. When I woke up, I was in the trunk of a car with the two children. The only weapon I had on me was a pocketknife."

The children were later identified as Chastity, ten years old, and, Owen, five, Morgan, who were kidnapped from their Milwaukee apartment home earlier that week. The parents, Dr. Irvine Morgan and Christine Webber (divorced), didn't receive the ransom demand until August 20th.

After Detectives Shasta and Vincent arrested Jim Clemens following a high-speed chase on Interstate 94, Cassandra Clemens remained missing. "I found Cassandra's velvet cameo choker on Elias's lawn just before I was knocked unconscious," Lisa confided modestly. "I guess that was the clue my husband needed to locate her." Cassandra was discovered, tied up, drugged and sexually assaulted, inside Moseley's home.

Christine Webber dubbed the act retribution for the woman's crime while Dr. Morgan called Lisa Shasta "the warrior angel of mercy who saved my children with her active kindness, sympathy and unwillingness to mind her own business"...


Lisa Shasta. Yes, she's perfect. Absolutely perfect. Just the right blend of curiosity, nosiness, fierce fighter and sympathetic angel. Just the busybody to get intimately, obsessively involved in a situation that's none of her business.

Yes, Lisa Shasta will play her assigned part perfectly...

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