Thistle and Twigg by Mary Saums
(Thistle & Twigg Mysteries, No. 1)

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Jane Thistle is a widow who has just settled down in Tullulah, Alabama, after a long and happy life with her husband, a career military officer whose job took them all over the world. But now that she's on her own, she's just as happy to have found this delightful small Southern town to call home. Her new best friend is Phoebe Twigg, also a widow, who has lived in Tullulah all her life. Phoebe is about as different as could be from the worldly and refined Jane Thistle, but her colorful personality and warm, welcoming Southern nature make them quite a team.  The two ladies become fast friends when they stumble on a dead body while on a walk in the woods near Jane's new house. And that's not all of the mysteries interrupting the slow life in Tullulah: Someone seems to be threatening Jane's neighbor, a local old recluse who seems to have more interest in the land than in its inhabitants; a firebomb explodes in Phoebe's kitchen; and unexplainable sounds and objects turn up at the strangest times in Jane's house. Jane and Phoebe quickly become partners in investigation in Mary Saums's funny and charming---and surprising---debut mystery.
 

About Mary Saums

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MARY SAUMS was born and raised in northern Alabama. After college, she worked as a recording engineer in Muscle Shoals on gold and platinum albums by Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jimmy Buffett, Glenn Frey, and others. Her poetry has won a Tennessee Writers Alliance Award. The author of several short stories and three previous novels, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Published April 17, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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When Jane and her new friend Phoebe Twigg find a body at his firing range, Cal, who clearly has something to hide, is the obvious suspect until he is killed himself.

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In this delightful first of an offbeat new series from Saums (Midnight Hour ), recently widowed Jane Thistle, who has lived many places as the wife of a career military officer, moves to Tullulah, Ala., where she soon meets Phoebe Twigg, also a widow, who has lived in the small town all her life.

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British-born Jane Thistle traveled through the small town of Tullulah, Alabama, years ago and felt a strong pull for the location.

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