Jul 25 2022

Blog Tour & Review: The Sign of the Calico Quartz by Jan Drexler

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The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
by Jan Drexler

About The Sign of the Calico Quartz

The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – South Dakota
Swift Wings Press (May 20, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 276 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8986137803
Digital Swift Wings Press (May 25, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 242 pages

Emma Blackwood’s favorite pastime is solving literary murder mysteries…until the body in her living room makes everything a little too real.


When Emma comes to the Black Hills to work at her Aunt Rose’s B&B, the Sweetbrier Inn, she is hoping for a quiet break from the corporate treadmill. But she hadn’t expected murder and intrigue to mar this peaceful setting.


As she wades through too many clues to identify the murderer, she soon finds that the culprit isn’t stopping at only one homicide and may even have placed Emma herself on the list of targets. With the help of her friend Becky, and a deputy sheriff who grudgingly lets them join in on the investigation, Emma tracks down the killer. But will it be in time to save the next victim?


Cal closed the file and tapped one finger on it while he stared at me. Rose’s grandfather clock chimed the quarter hour.

“Hiding in the background is a good idea,” he finally said. He leaned forward, dangling the folder in his hands. “There is a murderer out there, and he or she might be willing to kill again. Investigating this case could be dangerous, and the risk will be greater the closer we get to the solution.”

I grinned.

Cal frowned. “What?”

“You said ‘we.’” I did a fist pump. “I’m working the case with you.”

“Didn’t you hear the part about it being dangerous?”

“Of course, I did. But the faster we solve the case, the less likely it is that anyone else gets hurt.”

Cal stood. “As long as that anyone else isn’t you.”

I studied his face. The frown was still there, but there was something else in his eyes. “You’re worried about me?”

He shoved his sunglasses back on and started for the door.

“Just keep in touch. Report anything to me that you think might have a bearing on the case.” He paused with his hand on the doorknob. “Anything. Got that?”

I nodded as he opened the door and we stepped into the foyer. “Anything.”

About Jan Drexler 

Jan Drexler lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband, where she enjoys hiking and spending time with her expanding family. She is the author of several historical romance novels, including the award-winning Mattie’s Pledge, and is pleased to be starting a new adventure with a cozy mystery series, The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries. You can find out more about Jan on her website: www.JanDrexler.com.

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Review of The Sign of the Calico Quartz

Review ( 4 Stars): What an adorable mystery!  I loved these characters and thought that this was a wonderful start to a brand new series.  It had everything that I wanted in a mystery and I can’t wait to see what happens next for these lovely characters.



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