by Josie Gordon

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Death by family values. Lonnie Squires knows that if they’d warned her about this possibility in seminary, she would certainly have remembered.

One little day of perfection—it hadn’t seemed like an impossible task. Scrub up Middelburg and keep it looking morally upright and conservatively righteous for just one day. Called on by her bishop to pull off this simple feat, vice principal Lonnie Squires believes her experience with primary school kids and their parents has equipped her for the challenge. She plans to survive the summer with plenty of time to spare for indulging her rabid devotion to soccer. It’s not as if a girlfriend will be missing her.

Politicos, parishioners and the general populace all want a piece of the action—and of her, if anything goes wrong. It’s just one little day where everyone pretends no one has any secrets. But Lonnie soon discovers the inherent flaw in the idea when the journalist who planned to expose the hypocrisy of Family Values Day turns up dead. With the swing of a shovel, Lonnie’s one little day turns into one big nightmare.

What secrets would someone kill to protect? Is anyone who they seem to be? And, most of all, which upstanding Middelburg citizen now wants Lonnie dead as well?

Josie Gordon’s first Lonnie Squires mystery showcases her whacked sense of humor and a wicked talent for observation of small town life. Hang on to your Olliebollens, because this story isn’t over until the klompen dancers kick!





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Genre Mystery
Length 272 pages
Publication Date November 15, 2008
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594931390e
Editor Cindy Cresap
Cover Designer KIARO Creative LTD


  • A lesbian Episcopal priest, and as humanly flawed as any of us.
  • If Lonnie Squires had a choice, she'd prefer to be on the soccer field than in church.
  • True cozy - long on personality and wit, short on gore and sexual situations.

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