Payne & Misery by Catherine Leggitt
(A Christine Sterling Mystery)

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All that glitters is not gold for Christine Sterling.

The luster of her shiny Golden Years dream fades when Christine’s newly retired husband, Jesse, becomes obsessed with a hobby requiring extra time away from her. Mired in boredom, Christine develops a bad reputation for conjuring wild tales to explain ordinary occurrences. Then she meets someone who has true reason to complain, if anyone does.

Lila Payne’s life is the mirror opposite of ideal. The plight of this seemingly abused woman gnaws at Christine, but the authorities turn a deaf ear to Christine’s pleas for help on Lila’s behalf.

Spurred into action when her beloved dog Molly and Lila both disappear on the same night, Christine dives into a scary pool swirling with muddy secrets and misery. Sensing God at work in the situation Christine continues to search and pray, but even with God’s help, can they save Lila and Molly before it’s too late?

About Catherine Leggitt

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Catherine Leggitt is a wife, mother, grandmother, author, and editor presently residing in northern California. After nine moves in twenty-two years, she tries to keep an open mind to the high probability that another relocation looms somewhere in her future. With a gypsy for a husband, it's best not to put down deep roots. Besides, Catherine has discovered that frequent moving is a great way to keep the closets clean. During her first career--after raising children and before caring for her aging parents--Catherine worked as an elementary school teacher, where she developed her flair for storytelling."Payne & Misery" was born out of despair. When Catherine's husband moved her to Grass Valley, California, she should have been content. But idyllic surroundings, a newly remodeled gourmet kitchen, friendly neighbors, and a wonderful church couldn't bring her happiness. Catherine laughingly credits menopause, which had her thinking (and acting) crazier than usual. Desperate for distraction, she discovered a passion for stringing words together to tell a story.With prayer and regular infusions of encouragement from family and writing friends, Catherine has since completed a second Christine Sterling adventure, "The Dunn Deal," and is currently slaving over a third, "Parrish the Thought," to be completed spring of 2010.
Published November 11, 2011 by Ellechor Publishing House, LLC. 332 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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