The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead

Title:  The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead (A Professor and Mrs. Middleton Mystery #1)
Author:  Diane Noble
Pages:  400
Year:  2014
Publisher:  David C. Cook
Oh, this book is fun to read!  Mrs. Elaine Littlefield or El is a mother, grandmother, caterer and sometime PI.  She wears sock monkey pajamas, dances country dances to classical music while baking cookies and drives bad enough to give her passengers white knuckles.  She has just landed the catering event of her career and its success will either make or break her catering company, The Butler Did It.  Her best friend since first grade, Hyacinth, helps her out part-time when she isn’t working her job at the local university’s library.  Hyacinth is the sister she never had and their friendship is very dear to El.
 Therefore, when it is discovered that Hyacinth is missing, El just knows she has been kidnapped.  El is also dealing with a catastrophe of giant proportions concerning her once in a lifetime catering job.  This job is for the retirement of Professor Maxwell Haverhill, a 60-year-old, renowned, treasure hunter of old artifacts in addition to teaching social studies at the local university.  Max and El quickly become entangled in the investigation of her catering problems as well as involved in their own search for Hyacinth.  Along the way, they fall in love with one another much to their mutual surprise.
At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this novel, but I stuck with it and am so glad I did!  I adored the romance between El and Max.  It couldn’t have been written better in my opinion.  El’s strong devotion to her daughter and granddaughter was great to read about as well as her never-give-up attitude.  Hyacinth was a hoot!  I just loved the part where she was singing to annoy her kidnappers!  All three main characters had a deep devotion to God and depended on Him no matter what, even when it was really difficult to see Him at work.  I sure hope there are more mysteries to come in this new humorous and romantic mystery series.  Great job Diane!
My rating is 5 stars.

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