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Past and Present by Judy Penz Sheluk

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Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery
by Judy PenzSheluk

About the Book


Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Superior Shores Press (September 21, 2018)
Paperback: 232 pages
ISBN-10: 0995000735
ISBN-13: 978-0995000735
Digital ASIN: B07FYZ6HPF

Sometimes the past reaches out to the present…

It’s been thirteen months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother thirty years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?

Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business: Past & Present Investigations.

It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone—least of all Callie—could have predicted.

About the Author

Judy PenzSheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Judy’s short crime fiction appears is several collections. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario. Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

 

Author Links

Website http://www.judypenzsheluk.com

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Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/judypenzsheluk/

Publisher https://barkingrainpress.org/judy-penz-sheluk/

Purchase Links

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Excerpt #2
From Chapter 6

I checked our website for Misty’s update on her Message page, pleased to see that explained the Rider-Waite deck she uses for her tarot readings.

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1910 BY WILLIAM RIDER & SON OF LONDON, THE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR THE RIDER-WAITE CARDS WERE DRAWN IN 1909 BY PAMELA COLMAN SMITH UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ARTHUR EDWARD WAITE. SMITH’S RICHLY DETAILED AND SYMBOLIC DRAWINGS TRANSFORMED THE STANDARD TAROT DECK. TODAY, RIDER-WAITE IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR TAROT DECKS IN THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD. SEE HISTORY OF TAROT FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The History of Tarot was linked to the “coming soon” child page.

Today’s Message had captivated Louisa. It featured the Eight of Wands: eight thin logs pointing toward the ground, with leaves falling against a clear blue sky and a rolling, treed landscape.

THE EIGHT OF WANDS (ELEMENT: FIRE)

THIS IS THE ONLY CARD IN THE MINOR ARCANA THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE PEOPLE, ANIMALS, OR MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES. NOTICE HOW THE EIGHT WANDS WORK IN TANDEM, EACH POINTING IN THE SAME DOWNWARD DIRECTION, AS IF IN HARMONY WITH EACH OTHER, THE LEAVES AND THE EARTH. THE OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE CARD IS ONE OF PEACEFULNESS, MOVEMENT, TEAMWORK, AND DETERMINATION.

MISTY’S MESSAGE: THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO TAKE ACTION. WORKING WITH A TEAM WILL HELP YOU TO PRODUCE THE RESULTS YOU DESIRE.

I had to grin. I knew from past research that reading of the tarot was at the interpretation of the reader, although there was a general consensus on what each card represented. Misty had taken the Eight of Wands and made it all about purpose and teamwork. Not only was it clever, Misty had earned her first finder’s fee, split fifty-fifty with Arabella. Not a bad start.

It was time to tackle the train case and sort the contents. I felt the muscles in my neck relax. I could do this. We could do this. I called Chantelle, provided a brief update, and paced the room until she arrived.

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