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Just how high a price does a
family secret command?
Death in rural
Wisconsin is only the beginning to new chaos in Robertsville. What do a
stolen piece of revolutionary agricultural equipment, a long-buried skeleton in
the yard, and an old quilt with secrets have in common?
Hart and Judy Wingate, who
met in The Gold Standard, are back to solve the mystery of The Map
Quilt. Hart's new battery design could forever change the farm implement
industry. But after the death of Hart's most confrontational colleague in a fire
that destroys Hart's workshop, the battery is missing.
Throw in a guest speaker
invited to Judy's elementary classroom who insists she owns the land under
Hart's chief competitor's corporate headquarters, and a police chief who's
making eyes at Hart's widowed mother, it's no wonder Hart is under a ton of
pressure to make sure his adventurous pregnant wife stays safe while trying to
preserve his company and his reputation.
Lisa J. Lickel
weaves mystery, myths, black history, and the dynamics of family and community
into a great read. The thread in the story is the legend of map quilts used in
the Underground Railroad to help slaves, and freedmen alike, escape their
pursuers using fabric maps designed as quilts. By adding corporate intrigue and
spiritual questioning to the mix, Lickel blends the fabric of daily life with
pieces of history for a wonderful reading adventure. -Peggy
What could more
intriguing than a contemporary mystery/romance about buried treasure that's also
filled with history? The Map Quilt by Lisa J. Lickel is a fun and satisfying
read for the grownups that still long for an involving mystery that provides
plenty of detail without overemphasizing the grittier aspects of a story
involving bodies. -Elaine Marie Cooper, author of the Deer Run
The Map Quilt snags the reader with the first sentence and doesn't let go until
the last thread. As the sequel to her original Barbour cozy mystery, The Gold
Standard, the tale continues with the lives of Hart and Judy Wingate. It seems
that anticipation over the birth of their first child and the release of Hart's
latest "green" project for his employer, AdventiveAg, would be enough to keep
the young Wisconsin couple busy. But so much more is going on. -Davalynn
Spencer, author of Always Before Me
successfully weaves together history, mystery and likeable characters into a
story that builds momentum and keeps me guessing until the very end. And she
does it all without the gratuitous sex and violence that permeates this genre.
Beyond providing a great read, this book introduced me to a great author.
-Steve Miller, author of Social Media
Learn More About Lisa and Her
Multi-published author, novelist Lisa J.
Lickel also enjoys writing and performing radio theater, short story-writing, is
an avid book reviewer and blogger.
She enjoys teaching writing workshops
and working with new writers and freelance editing. She is the editor of both
Wisconsin Writers Association's Creative Wisconsin magazine.
in a hundred and sixty-year-old house in Wisconsin filled with books and
dragons. Married to a high school biology teacher, she enjoys travel and