source for free and affordable eBooks


Powered by FreeFind

Site search
Web search


    Thomas Dunne Books, September 2001

    J. R. Weatherford and his grandmother 'Biggie' set off to Quincy Texas to learn how to start a historical society. What they find in Quincy is a town obsessed with its past--a past that includes a mysterious death. The Ghosts of the past come to haunt with a vengence when J.R. finds the body of a beautiful girl in the fountain outside the historic hotel.

    Biggie has investigated murders before and when the Sheriff becomes incapacitated, she steps in, dragging 12-year-old J.R. along for the ride. That ride includes evidence of long-hidden sin, a run-in with the alligators at nearby Caddo Lake, and evidence of a very real ghost right in the middle of this haunted town. With a little help from J.R., Biggie starts to guess at the truth, but can she prove her guess?

    Writing from J.R.'s point of view, author Nancy Bell does a fine job depicting modern East Texas (the town of Quincy is based on Jefferson, Texas. Jefferson was a major inland steamship port in the late 1800s, but nearly became a ghost town when the railroads moved Texas commerce to Dallas). Bell has a fine ear for youth and J.R. is a convincing narrator.

    BIGGIE AND THE QUINCY GHOST is a purely entertaining read. Those of us interested in Texas history, Texas-isms, and pure home-style mystery fill find Biggie and J.R. a treat. See more reviews of novels by Nancy Bell.

    Three Stars

    Purchase BIGGIE AND THE QUINCY GHOST from (hardback).