A Timeless Celebration (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)
by Dianne Ascroft
About the Book
A Timeless Celebration (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)
1st in Series
Self Published (October 25, 2018)
Print Length: 245 pages
A small town, a big party, a stolen gift. When an artefact from the Titanic is stolen before her town’s 150th anniversary celebration, it’s up to Lois Stone to catch the thief.
Middle-aged widow Lois has moved from bustling Toronto to tranquil Fenwater and is settling into her new life away from the dangers of the city. Then two events happen that shatter her serenity: her house is burgled and an antique watch belonging to a Titanic survivor is stolen from the local museum. Her best friend, Marge, was responsible for the watch’s safekeeping until its official presentation to the museum at the town’s 150th anniversary party, and its disappearance will jeopardise her job and the museum’s future. Lois won’t let her friend take the blame and the consequences for the theft. She’s determined to find the watch in time to save her best friend’s job, the museum’s future and the town’s 150th anniversary celebration.
And so begins a week of new friends, apple and cinnamon muffins, calico cats, midnight intruders, shadowy caprine companions and more than one person with a reason to steal the watch, set against the backdrop of century houses on leafy residential streets, the swirling melodies of bagpipes, a shimmering heat haze and the burble of cool water.
About the Author
Dianne Ascroft is a Torontonian who has settled in rural Northern Ireland. She and her husband live on a small farm with an assortment of strong-willed animals.
A Timeless Celebration is the first novel in the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series.
Her previous fiction works include The Yankee Years series of novels and short reads, set in Northern Ireland during the Second World War; An Unbidden Visitor (a tale inspired by Fermanagh’s famous Coonian ghost); Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: A Collection of Short Stories (contemporary tales), and an historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars, which explores Operation Shamrock, a little known Irish Red Cross humanitarian endeavour.
Dianne writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her articles and short stories have been printed in Canadian and Irish magazines and newspapers. When she’s not writing, she enjoys walks in the countryside, evenings in front of her open fireplace and folk and traditional music.
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***My Review – 5 Stars!***
A Timeless Celebration by Dianne Ascroft is not a book you’ll want to hurry through. Ascroft’s descriptions and voice are so appealing you will want to settle down in a comfy chair by the fire and read, read, read. And you will immediately want her protagonist, Lois Stone, who is a shy but sweetly positive, cinnamon and cat loving, 50-something widow, to be your friend. And she will; she’s like that!
Recently moved to a small Canadian town at the request of an old friend, Lois finds herself quickly pulled into the town’s 150th anniversary celebration. The local museum, where Lois’s friend, Marge, works, is to showcase an antique watch donated by a Titanic survivor as part of the festivities, but after the opening gala, the watch is discovered missing. And now Marge’s job, as well as the museum’s reputation, are in jeopardy. Lois is confident they can find the artifact before it’s to be officially presented in one week and convinces Marge not to tell the museum authorities or the police.
The rest of the story shows this friendly lady sniffing out possible clues and suspects to the theft while the days tick by. She makes a bundle of new friends, learns the history of her “new” century-old house, and meets a…well…a very, and I do mean VERY, unusual ghost, in the process.
There is no murder in this mystery, and goodness, you don’t want there to be, although Lois’ house is burglarized a couple of times. Half way through the book, the reader will probably know who is the thief, but watching Lois and Marge, and a handsome new friend, follow leads and finally point the finger, is half the fun. You will learn interesting things about the Titanic and about bag pipes. Your mouth will water at the variety of muffins Lois bakes up, and you will truly be sorry when the story ends. Hopefully there will be MORE Century Cottage Cozy mysteries coming soon.
Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book for review from the publisher
***Recipe for HOT APPLE CIDER***
6 cups apple cider
¼ cup real maple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
1 orange peel, cut into strips
1 lemon peel, cut into strips
Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the centre of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.
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