Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Discombobulated Decipherers


The Discombobulated Decipherers by Julie Seedorf

 

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Self Published (November 21, 2017) 
Print Length: 195 pages 
ASIN: B076Z3YFYQ

It’s Christmas in Brilliant, Minnesota, and Brilliant is known for its glitzy Christmas traditions. A world-renowned Christmas pageant, the town square decked out with Santa’s Village and a live nativity scene bring visitors to Brilliant each year. Just as the tourists arrive, Jezabelle Jingle and her mystery writer friend, Miranda, find the body of Ernest the elf dead and wrapped in a bundle of Christmas lights in the town square. Is Ernest part of a new holiday puzzle the Discombobulated Decipherers need to solve? Or is dead Ernest part of a bigger plot? Will Jezabelle decipher the clues so Brilliant can celebrate Christmas in peace? Or will Jezabelle be the next gift-wrapped box under the village tree?






Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! I can’t tell you how many times I get teased with those words because of my name. My last name is Jingle. Apparently my father didn’t like his given last name – he never told me what it was – so he changed his last name to Jingle because his grandfather always called him jingles, referring to the bells he carried in his pocket when he was a child. He was enchanted by bells and they made him happy. That explains my last name.

My first name is Jezabelle. I know...I know...Jezebel in the Bible was not a nice woman and people are aghast because my mother named me Jezabelle. You might notice my name is not spelled the same as the Jezebel in the Bible. When I asked my mother why she gave me the name Jezabelle, she said it had spark and she was sure I was going to be sassy. My mother didn’t put much stock in what someone else was named. There were many names out there she liked even if she didn’t care for the person having the name. She explained she wasn’t going to hold the name hostage because of her aversion to the person wearing the name. Yes, my mother was a little unusual too. She was her own woman and my father, well... what you can you expect from someone that takes the name Jingle.

I live in Brilliant, Minnesota not too far from Fuchsia, Minnesota. Where Fuchsia is strange and weird, Brilliant is more structured. It was founded by seven brothers. They set up the city, moved their families and their spouse’s families to town and created a legacy to their name. As of now most places have the name Brilliant on them, although that changed recently when we renamed the library the Lackadaisical Meanderings Library. Then poof, according to legend the Brilliant brothers and their families disappeared, never to be heard from again, and they left the community a ghost town until outsiders moved in and reestablished the town keeping everything as it was.

I live in the Penderghast Neighborhood. It wasn’t until recently that I became close to my neighbors when we discovered a puzzle the Brilliant brothers left for the town. Why it took this community so many years to discover all the puzzles the brothers left for us is beyond me, except for the fact people are so brilliant here they don’t always think outside of the box and see things that don’t make sense.

I love to bake and recently, along with my best friend, Lizzy, bought the Brilliant Bistro bringing my baking skills to the bistro.  I am not so old that I can’t have a little romance in my life too but I keep my admirer secret because Brilliantites are nosy. The only relative I have close to me is Delight Delure and her daughter from Fuchsia. Every once in a while, Delight brings that pesky Granny to visit. She is trying to get us together to compare our sleuthing abilities but Granny and I are oil and water.


I must go. It was nice meeting you. Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. Please join us for our Christmas Pageant and all the happenings in Brilliant’s town square. It has been quite busy since Ernest the elf met his demise. Between preparing for our world-renowned Christmas Pageant and being aware there is a murderer on the loose, we are working hard to keep the Christmas spirit alive. Perhaps you can help us. See you there.


Not having read the previous book, I did feel like I was missing some inside information at the start of this book. I was able to catch up as the story and mysteries unfolded. 
An elf is found frozen, dead in the town square.  Santa is acting oddly elusive. The church handyman is missing and a nosy reporter disappears. Are all those things connected? 
What about the odd glass cubes found around town? 
Lots of clues and details popping up without knowing what any of them meant.Fun characters and unusual circumstances make for an enjoyable read.

This town must be near Golden Girl Rose's St. Olaf. Everyone seems to be spying on everyone else. There are no short tales. Each story takes a bizarre twist. 

About the Author

As human beings, we are always a work in progress. From birth to death we live, hurt, laugh, cry, feel, and with all of those emotions we grow as people, as family members, and as friends. I am a dreamer and feel blessed to have the opportunity in my writing to pass those dreams on to others. I believe you are never too old to dream and to turn those dreams into a creative endeavor. I live in rural Minnesota and I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.
I have worn many hats throughout my lifetime such as working as a waitress, nursing home activities, office manager and finally computer repair person eventually owning my own computer repair business. I never forgot my love of writing and quit my computer business in 2012 after signing a contract with Cozy Cat Press for Granny Hooks A Crook, the first book in my Fuchsia, Minnesota Series.
Adding four more books to the Fuchsia Series, adding a new Brilliant, Minnesota Series and writing a column for local newspapers feeds my writing creativity.
I also dabble a bit in watercolor painting and hope to eventually add pictures to my children’s book series, Granny’s In Trouble.
Oh, and did I tell you I like to be a little bit silly.

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3 comments:

  1. Both of these books sound like fascinating reads. They are on my TBR list.

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    1. I am happy to hear that. Have a beautiful holiday.

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  2. Thank you so much for hosting me. I appreciate it. It is blog hosts that keep us writers going. Thank you again.

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