Cover image for Don't take any wooden nickels
Don't take any wooden nickels
Clark, Mindy Starns.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Eugene, Or. : Harvest House, [2003]

Physical Description:
335 pages ; 21 cm.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery

On Order



With a touch of romanceand a strong heroine, Dona't Take Any Wooden Nickels offers more of thefasta'paced and suspenseful inspirational writing readers found in A Pennyfor Your Thoughts. Working to providequality work clothes to women who cana't afford to buy their own, Callie becomesinvolved with one young woman trying to come out of drug rehabilitationa'just asshea's charged with murder. What appears to be aroutine murder investigation in her sleepy waterside village suddenly becomescomplicated amid international intrigue, cuttinga'edge technology, and deadlydeception. In a desperate moment at what could be the end of her life, Calliecries out to the God who is as close as a whispered prayer.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

BeauSeigneur's In His Image is the first installment of his Christ Clone trilogy, an End Times series that was all but privately published in the late 1990s but that developed a considerable underground following. This is mostly because BeauSeigneur knows how to write, deploying a tough, driving style in perfect cadence. He generates suspense by withholding details. Like a historian of the future, he goes out of his way to show every viewpoint. And, like Tom Clancy, BeauSeigneur throws in technical details about how systems and organizations operate, and since he was formerly a CIA operative, he's persuasive. In His Image begins as an almost scholarly account of scientific examinations of the shroud of Turin in the1970s, all to dissuade you of your disbelief for the cloning of Christopher Goodman from the blood of Christ. Christopher is a bright, lonely kid, entirely sympathetic. You will like this Antichrist. The odd events on the international scene have nothing to do with him, and what happens at the United Nations is entirely reasonable given the circumstances. The sequels are Birth of an Age (terrifying plagues, each given detailed, almost dispassionate, scientifically plausible explanations) and Acts of God (the reign of the Antichrist and the Battle of Armageddon). It's a shame BeauSeigneur had to wait so long for the kind of exposure publication by Warner Books will give him, but on the other hand, the paranoia he evokes is a perfect fit for these times of religious hatred and political terror. Callie Webber, of Clark's Don'st Take Any Wooden Nickels, is a young widow, an attorney with a job reminiscent of that old TV show, The Millionaire--delivering cash to people her boss, the mysterious "Tom," deems worthy. Through her church, she also works with battered women. Returning from one of her missions, she finds herself investigating the murder of ne'er-do-well Eddie Ray, the boyfriend of one of the women she has helped; simultaneously, when she is finally to meet "Tom," he disappears. Clark portrays Callie's loneliness and stoicism so ably that the effect is sometimes boring, but this is a well-done mystery otherwise. Cramer's Sutter's Cross tells the story of Harley, an itinerant, working-class fellow who shows up in the little town of Sutter's Cross, Georgia, and does good deeds. A Christ-figure, Harley is doomed to be misunderstood, but Jake Mahaffey, the point-of-view character with his own set of problems, comes to understand him, as does an old woman whose land is threatened by development. All of Cramer's characters are fully realized, and his love of the Appalachians comes shining through. This is a fine first novel. Kemp's Welcoming Door will remind readers of Joseph Girzone's rewrites of parables, except that Kemp makes a loose-jointed novel of the project and uses a New Testament setting. For instance, parables arise from the circumstances of young Jesus the carpenter's work. Alternatively, the reader follows the prodigal son as he gives up his patrimony, opting instead for the exciting life of the city. It's a smooth, clever approach. The Lost Letters of Pergamum is another unique attempt at biblical fiction. Longenecker conjures an epistolary relationship between Luke and a figure from Revelation about whom little is known: Antipas. A loyal Roman, Antipas is converted to Christianity through Luke's letters and becomes a martyr. The story's greatest charm, however, may be its careful scholarship on all things Roman, making it of great appeal to those amateur scholars who read Josephus and love to draw lessons from the Roman Empire. Lund finishes his epic Kingdom and the Crown series with Behold the Man, following Fishers of Men (2000) and Come unto Me (2001). (Lund, a Mormon, is also the author of a nine-volume historical fiction series about the Mormon Church called The Work and the Glory.) Characters from the first two volumes, concerned with Roman oppression and Zealot rebellion, appear also in the conclusion, which is the story of the final days of Jesus' ministry, his trial and crucifixion, and his resurrection. The Kingdom and the Crown lacks the passion of The Robe and the complexity of Quo Vadis, but despite its monumental length, it zips right along. With Brock and Bodie Thoene's ongoing Zion Legacy series, it belongs in public libraries everywhere. The indefatigable Morris, who has tackled everything from westerns to science fiction, tries his hand at biblical fiction in the first installment of Lions of Judah, a series featuring the lineage of Christ. Heart of a Lion begins with a lively account of Noah's boyhood, when he struggled with his feelings for a young woman who worships Baal. Eventually, after conquering a number of demons, Noah settles upon a monastic carpenter's life while he awaits directions from the Ancient One. The gathering of animals and the Great Flood could hardly fail to be entertaining, and they are, though it's hard not to recall John Huston's rather more earthy rendition of Noah in The Bible. Can Christians kill in the name of righteousness? Cynics might answer, throughout history. Still, it's a great question, and in Operation Firebrand, Scott offers for our inspection Jason Kromer, a SEAL sniper who leaves the navy because he has undergone a conversion and is unsure about his secular calling. He becomes the leader of a sort of Christian A-Team, which will soon undertake a mission to Kazakhstan to rescue orphans using nonlethal weapons. The high-tech weapons are entertaining, but the plot is preposterous, and somehow Scott never evokes from Jason the believability of a Sergeant York. Of course, The Guns of Navarone wasn't believable, either, so perhaps what's truly wrong here is Scott's blind faith in the prowess of the military.

Publisher's Weekly Review

A likable protagonist and a fresh, carefully crafted plot make this debut in a new mystery series an enjoyable, albeit occasionally preachy, romp for the CBA market. Recently widowed PI Callie Webber, who takes solace in quiet canoe trips on Chesapeake Bay and does volunteer work in her free time with indigent women, lands in the thick of a murder investigation after the body of a client's boyfriend turns up in the trunk of the client's car. The key to solving the case seemingly lies in a promotional wooden nickel. The author occasionally tells instead of shows, and the faith passages can feel forced (God, for example, is touted as "the Master Paddler"), but the novel finishes on a strong and surprising note. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved