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Best Left Buried
~ Book 3 of the Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery Series ~
by Blanche Day Manos
Darcy Campbell might have expected life in a small Oklahoma town nestled in the beautiful
Ozark foothills to be as idyllic as the scenery. That, however, is not what she finds
when she returns to her hometown of Levi after the death of her husband.
One autumn morning, Darcy and her mother, Flora Tucker, are enjoying a cup of coffee in
their hundred-year old farmhouse when Darcy gets an urgent telephone call. The contractor
who is digging the foundation for their new home insists that Darcy drop everything and
come to the building site as quickly as she can. He has found a mysterious object deep in
a hand-dug well and he needs Darcy's help in retrieving it.
The ancient, crumbling package pulled from the well contains two items that are as shocking
as they are inscrutable. In trying to decipher the meaning of these long-buried objects,
Darcy and Flora discover a dark secret from their family's past.
A kidnapping, a brush with death, and a stranger's greed add to the mix. The era of World
War I becomes enmeshed with the present day as Darcy and Flora unravel a tangled web of
deceit that has ensnared their family.
Praise for Best Left Buried
A rousing good tale with appealing characters, an intriguing puzzle, and unexpected twists.
Sure to charm.
~ Carolyn Hart, best-selling author of Ghost at Work, Merry Ghost, and Ghost Wanted
I've really become engrossed in this series. It's the second one I've listened to. The characters jump
right out at you. Darcy and Flora are a great mother/daughter sleuth team.
This entry in the series is filled with family secrets and keeps the reader guessing. The past blends
with the present for a captivating read. I was trying to figure things out right along with Darcy and
Flora. Everything fell nicely into place. It's filled with action, adventure, mystery and even a touch
of romance. I'm looking forward to listening to more from this series.
~ Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews
Blanche Day Manos
The Ned McNeil Series
and the Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery Series
In her previous life, Blanche Day Manos was a kindergarten teacher, part-time writer of feature
stories for a newspaper, and writer of stories and poems for children's and Christian magazines.
Now, she lives in a bustling Arkansas town near her family. In between writing books, she enjoys
painting and playing the piano.
Blanche specializes in clean mysteries that have middle-aged women protagonists with a tendency to
become involved in strange and mysterious happenings in their hometowns.
Darcy Campbell, retired newspaper reporter, and her mother Flora Tucker, protagonists, can't stay
out of trouble in Levi, Oklahoma. On the surface, this lovely town seems tranquil, filled with
law-abiding and peaceful people. As Darcy and Flora discover, more is going on than meets the eye.
The Cemetery Club, Grave Shift, Best Left Buried, and Grave Heritage follow these courageous women
from one harrowing adventure to another.
The second series, the Ned McNeil Moonlight books, begins with Nettie Elizabeth McNeil returning to
her hometown of Ednalee, looking forward to a reunion with her only living relative, her Uncle Javin.
The reunion fails to happen and Ned, as her friends call her, discovers that she is involved in a
web of lies and mysteries that have their origin in a murder that happened decades ago.
Moonlight Can Be Murder indeed. More excitement takes place under a full moon in
By the Fright of the Silvery Moon. The third Ned McNeil book, Moonstruck and Murderous, follows
Ned and her two childhood friends into the mystery surrounding a 200-year-old house that is
lovely to look at but is built around a deadly secret of its own.
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