The Case of the Wayward Fae ~ A Chronicle of Mister Marmee

The Case of the Wayward Fae ~ A Chronicle of Mister Marmee

by H.L. Stephens

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At the Hanover country estate, as Mister Marmee and Sir Happy Heart take a much needed respite from the rigors of London life, they discover the wicked never go on holiday. As the bodies pile up in what the local authorities are calling "unfortunate accidents," the detective duo begins to suspect there is much more to these mishaps than meets the eye. When evidence of faerie mischief begins to intertwine among the deceased, Sir Happy strikes out on his own to dig up the truth. When Sir Happy is unjustly accused of attacking a well respected man and finds himself a fugitive, it is up to Mister Marmee and a menagerie of animal friends to come to his rescue and clear his name. The only direction Mister Marmee receives from Sir Happy before he disappears is to "follow the faeries." Could the answers to Mister Marmee's questions lie in the shadowy Banum's Wood with an Irish healer named Biddy Early, or is the mystery behind Sir Happy's plight and the murders he was investigating beyond even her all-seeing eye? Mister Marmee will have to use all of his wits to save his friend and solve the mystery of the wayward fae before Sir Happy becomes the next victim.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045440349
Publisher: H.L. Stephens
Publication date: 12/07/2013
Series: Chronicles of Mister Marmee , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 476,846
File size: 460 KB

About the Author

H.L. Stephens grew up in beautiful Charleston, SC with its wild marshlands and pristine white beaches as the backdrop of her many childhood adventures. Growing up in a military family, Stephens had the benefit of meeting people from all over the world who shared the richness of their cultural diversity with her from the time she was a little girl. Exposure to such a variety of different people and places helped to inspire her imagination and nurture her desire to create new and fantastic realms for others to explore.

Stephens currently heralds from the Appalachian Mountains and fills her days working as a consultant and functional designer for a software company near her home. In her spare time, however, she is dedicated to the stories she weaves together for her readers. Writing in a variety of genres from mystery to science fiction to fantasy, Stephens continues to discover the possibilities of new and exciting places in the worlds she creates.

Stephens is proudly owned by a 10 pound Pomeranian named Peanut Pumpkin Pie who is her constant companion and writing partner. “I have always had pets throughout my life, but in so many ways, it is like Peanut is the better half of my heart. For me, the perfect day is a day spent in my jammie pants with my little girl, a cup of girlie coffee, and my writing journal.”

In February 2013, Stephens lost the first great love of her life, Sir Happy Heart, the miniature dachshund who was the real-life inspiration for the Sir Happy Heart character in her Chronicles of Mister Marmee series. She continues to write his novels as a tribute to the memory of a dog that was as grand in life and spirit as the character in her novels.

After releasing the second book in the Mister Marmee series - The Case of the Wayward Fae - Stephens has set her focus on her third novel - Journey to the Darkened Realms. It is the first novel in a new fantasy adventure series set to be released in the summer of 2014.

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The Case of the Wayward Fae ~ A Chronicle of Mister Marmee 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The combination of myth and culture was wonderful. It's wonderful to read a book with different creatures being involved and not treated as "dumb".
Mayopets More than 1 year ago
I am still in the process of reading this latest installment of the Mister Marmee series and I will tell you, it does not disappoint. It is a gripping story, full of intrigue and mystery. The beloved characters of Happy Dog and Marmee are up to their shrewed a bewitching shenanigans. Everyone you love from the first book is here and one gets to know the characters even better this time around. The story keeps you engaged and wanting more. Looking forward to continued stories in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually read this one first and really enjoyed it. The action started immediately and kept up until the end. I was a little skeptical at first about whether this would be a good book, being told be a cat's perspective but I found myself getting lost in the story. It was funny and sad and an all around great read. Highly recommend it.
CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in a dog and cat sleuth series. Yes, I did read the first one, and it wasn't a bad read.  However, at the end it became preachy and pretentious - this should have been my clue to not read the second book. But I did read it, and paid $1.99 for the experience, and I am sorry I did.   The book is unnecessarily religious and is ridiculous even for an animal cozy mystery.  I like animal cozies, I really do, but I did not like this one.  To start with, the animals are over-anthropomorphized - if it weren't for the descriptions involving fur and eating habits, this book could have easily passed for a cozy featuring humans.  It is much more entertaining when the animals actually have some animal characteristics to them, and that is sorely lacking here.  It detracts from the story, turning what could be a charming cozy into an irritating treatise about how animals "are our equals".   Additionally, the over-religious nature of the book is really evident here.  It was annoying enough that in the last book the animals ran into a church to pray, but in this one they seem to pray nearly non-stop, have knowledge of Bible stories, and make evangelical asides to the reader that detract from the enjoyment (such as it is) of the book.  It's bad enough to have to endure preachiness from an author, especially in a book that is not described as Christian in orientation (but should be), but to be preached at by the animal protagonist is just beyond annoying.  Added to that, everyone else - including the Irish wise woman (who reasonably would be Pagan) - in the book is Christian, and constantly referring to their religion (which does not add to the plot).     I cannot recommend this book.  It is not technically an animal cozy, as the animals are basically just humans who we are told are cats, dogs, horses, and birds.  The "fae" part of the book is disgracefully and disrespectfully referred to by the author, who would have been wise to have conducted research into Irish folklore and the Tuatha De Danaan before dragging all of it into her book.  Her lack of knowledge is beyond the pale.   No, I won't read any more of her books.  And, though I feel bad that she had such an emotional time writing this book (as she described in a mini-bio at the end of the book), it doesn't mean she is above criticism for anything she writes, this book included.  Write Christian fiction all you like, but keep Paganism out of it unless you can fairly and adequately describe it, and characterise your book as Christian fiction so the rest of us can be forewarned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't eagerly enough recommend this book - the second in the Mister Marmee Chronicles. H.L. Stephens has created an amazingly believable world where the minds of those in the animal kingdom are equal to our own; where the hearts and souls of all God's creatures remind us of what it means to be human - to experience love and loss, to hope and dream, to rediscover the true meaning of kindness and personal sacrifice. Yes, perhaps the better parts of us are to be found in the animals around us. Hold onto your seats folks for when "The Case of the Wayward Fae" takes off you won't be able to put this book down. This is a finely crafted tale of mystery and intrigue, action and adventure, as seen and experienced through our a furry little hero Mister Marmee. Expect to laugh and to cry - both out loud! And better yet, expect to smile and to cheer! You will love these characters and become part of them and that is the secret to crafting a great book! Read and enjoy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. Felt a kinship with all the animals. Love Marmee and his friends.
Yankee_Jane More than 1 year ago
In the second installment of Mister Marmee and Sir Happy Heart, it creates a fascinating world of sentient animals and the people who love and live with them. It picks up from the end of the first story and spins into a magical world of the Fae, evil villains, an orphan child and a sweet old lady. You must read this series. I sincerely could not put them down until I finished reading both. Anticipating the 3rd book.