Saturday, March 30, 2019

Dead Letter, A Meddlin' Madeline Mystery by Chautona Havig

About the Book

Book: Dead Letter, A Meddlin’ Madeline Mystery  
Author: Chautona Havig  
Genre: Christian historical, mystery  
Release Date: February 19, 2019

For the first time, Madeline has permission to meddle.

Something’s not adding up in the Wintherwood, Ohio bank, and Madeline’s there to figure out why.

Sent by the Rockland Pinkerton’s office to investigate shady banking practices, Madeline finally has the opportunity to try out all her developing detective skills.

From her new disguise to an assumed persona, complete with non-existent fiancé, Madeline takes on embezzlement in Wintherwood, Ohio.

Now, to find the culprit and get back to Rockland before Amy arrives, before Mrs. Barnes gets any sicker, and before Russell writes her off as a hopeless, heartless girl. As Madeline figures out what’s happening, even Mr. Flint begins to lose confidence in her. How will she prove who is taking the money and why–especially after her primary suspect ends up dead? Dead Letter is the fourth book in the Meddlin’ Madeline series.

Click HERE to purchase your copy.

My Review

Oh Meddlin' Madeline- how I wish we were friends in real life! Props to our author for this true masterpiece of plot, history, mystery, and characters. I don't think you could find a more dynamic, relatable character than Madeline, or a more interesting job than that which Madeline finds herself in. The exchanges between characters make you feel part of the action, and the descriptive background really helps you to set the scene in your mind. The story unfolds at a pace that keeps your attention while still slowly revealing layer after layer. I loved Madeline's inner dialogue that just made me laugh so many times. I would suggest this book for those who enjoy historical, mystery, or just plain well written Christian fiction. Don't miss the earlier books in this series, and be on the lookout for more installments!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own. 

About the Author

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

More from Chautona

3 Reasons You’ll Love the Book and Hate Me

“This is book four, right?” I nodded. He looked at me with those eyes that conjure up the idea of puppy dogs begging for treats. So deceptive. “You’re going to have to up the stakes then.” “Well, this is the one where she goes into official active detective mode and decides if she even wants that kind of life.” “Not enough.” He was right and I knew it. Fortunately, I’d prepared for this moment. You see, I know him well. He’s a horror writer. He likes to torment in ways that make my worst meannesses seem petty (like the time I suggested killing off Chad in Past Forward—trust me. That was kind compared to his ideas). So, I pulled out my bigger gun and plopped it on the table. I added ammunition. And grinned. Look, you guys are going to hate me for it, but trust me. It needs to be done. You’ll forgive me… eventually. Maybe. I hope. Then he did it. He gave me that look. No, not the, “Yeah, baby!” look you want to see when you’ve hit a hole in one. The, “Is that all you’ve got?” look. The work began. He suggested one thing. I toned it back. He looked like that puppy again—except this time I’d kicked him. Bless his heart, he does love his horror. Still, he whistled his way out the door a short while later, and I grinned. Compromise is beautiful. But what does that mean for YOU?

3 Reasons You’ll Love the Book and Hate Me

First— Love the book: Madeline as Jane Sempleton is a hoot. She cracked me up from the beginning, and I’m still chuckling.
Hate me: Madeline’s faith and integrity are tested in this one—exponentially. Without giving away too much, her father even rebukes her!!!

Second— Love the book: Mrs. Barnes is such a sweet mentor to Madeline Hate me: Mrs. Barnes. That’s all I’m sayin’. Mrs. Barnes.

Third— Love the book: Snippets of the heart get revealed. Hate me: Russell. That’s all I’m sayin’. Russell.

So, there you have it. All the reasons you should read this book… and remember that the series isn’t over. Not by a long shot. It’s darkest before dawn. And um… a whole bunch of other clichés.

Blog Stops


To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of Dead Letter, a Madeline-inspired book cozy, and a book-themed candle!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries! Click the link below to enter.


  1. This book sounds like a fantastic read.

  2. I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed Dead Letter. I can't wait for the next!

    1. Thank you for the great book and your comments!