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ISBN13: 9781439180990
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While the body of rodeo star Pony Jones lies motionless in the northern Alabama woods, her spirit is on a mission to find her killer. Invisible to the eye but not to the sixth sense, the only thing Pony can do is guide the living to the truth. 

Her grief-stricken father, Titus, wants nothing more than retribution for his daughter's death, so when former police detective Jo Beth Dawson comes to town, something compels him to seek out her help. 

But when Jo Beth and Titus team up to track down Pony's murderer, it turns loose a whirlwind of intense emotion and unexpected encounters. As they uncover more and more clues leading them to the killer, dark family secrets are revealed and the two must search their souls for redemption.

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"Jo Beth Dawson was once a good detective, but the stress of the job led her toward alcohol and off the force in disgrace. When she comes across the body of Pony Jones, however, the murder of the energetic young rodeo star haunts her, compelling her to investigate Pony's death even though it puts Jo Beth in direct conflict with Sam Donovan, her former partner, and irks her own family. As it turns out, Jo Beth's family and Pony's family are linked, and investigating the tragedy will force decades-old secrets to the surface, where no one but Jo Beth wants them to be. Michaels's debut is well-intentioned, but she takes on too many issues (alcoholism, mysticism, interracial tensions, dark secrets), losing the reader in the process. And the killer's identity is telegraphed early on, putting the reader in the frustrating position of knowing more than the book's protagonists. Michaels is obviously shooting for The Lovely Bones; while her attempt has potential, it's difficult to find the story lurking among all the problems. (May 17)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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In this southern novel the ghost of a murdered cowgirl guides her grief-stricken father and a disgraced former detective to her killer.

About the Author

Anna Michaels lives in an enchanted cottage in Mississippi where she grows the roses that served as inspiration for her debut novel, The Tender Mercy of Roses. Her gardens are also filled with cardinals, warblers and mocking birds that swing on a suspended dragon outside her office window and entertain her while she writes.

Her love affair with words started when Anna was a child. She used to read books in a tree swing on her daddy’s farm and dream of being a writer. Also a pianist and sometimes-lyricist, Anna says she “hears the music of words.” She describes her writing process as “recording the melody and the magic of story.”

Anna loves sitting on her front porch swing with friends, singing in her church choir, watching classic movies, playing her vintage baby grand piano, and spending time with her family.

Currently, Anna and her unicorn muse are spinning another magical story. She will share details of her second novel as they unfold.

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CentralCaliGrrrl, May 22, 2011 (view all comments by CentralCaliGrrrl)
Sad, sweet and suspenseful, The Tender Mercy of Roses is an enjoyable, touching story of family loyalty. It’s also a cautionary tales of what bad things can happen when people take that type of loyalty way too far.

Anna Michaels is a pseudonym for Peggy Webb, author of the Southern Cousins Mystery series. She paint a beautiful landscape with her words and carries the reader along smoothly through this unusual crime thriller. But Ms. Michaels used, what I felt was, an excess of metaphors. While most of them were creative and colorful, two or three per paragraph is overkill.

Also, I wish Pony had not been quite so idolized. Other than her mangling of the English language, Pony is an absolutely perfect person. This made it hard for me to find her character believable. We’re all flawed -- it would have made for a better story if Pony had had some realistic flaws too.

The other players -- Jo Beth, Sam, Titus, even the cheerleading Maggie -- were well thought out and convincing. I was really pulling for all of them, hoping that everything would work out okay and that they could solve the murder without destroying their own lives.

All in all, I found The Tender Mercy of Roses to be a great book. Ms. Michaels can really spin a magical webb (sic) that will snare you and hold you until the last page is read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439180990
Author:
Michaels, Anna
Publisher:
Gallery
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Romance - Gothic
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Mississippi
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Publication Date:
20110517
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jo Beth Dawson was once a good detective, but the stress of the job led her toward alcohol and off the force in disgrace. When she comes across the body of Pony Jones, however, the murder of the energetic young rodeo star haunts her, compelling her to investigate Pony's death even though it puts Jo Beth in direct conflict with Sam Donovan, her former partner, and irks her own family. As it turns out, Jo Beth's family and Pony's family are linked, and investigating the tragedy will force decades-old secrets to the surface, where no one but Jo Beth wants them to be. Michaels's debut is well-intentioned, but she takes on too many issues (alcoholism, mysticism, interracial tensions, dark secrets), losing the reader in the process. And the killer's identity is telegraphed early on, putting the reader in the frustrating position of knowing more than the book's protagonists. Michaels is obviously shooting for The Lovely Bones; while her attempt has potential, it's difficult to find the story lurking among all the problems. (May 17)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , In this southern novel the ghost of a murdered cowgirl guides her grief-stricken father and a disgraced former detective to her killer.
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