Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at Caerphilly Days, a festival inspired by the town's sudden notoriety as 'The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail.' The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated - except one. Phineas Throckmorton, town clerk, has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for over a year. But the lender seems increasingly determined to evict him, and may succeed after one of its executives is found shot, apparently from inside the basement. Meg and her fellow townspeople suspect that someone hopes to end the siege by framing Mr. Throckmorton. Meg soon deduces that the killer isn't just trying to end the siege but to conceal information that would help the town reclaim its buildings.
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by Donna Andrews
"Phineas Throckmorton, the town clerk of Caerphilly, Virginia, has barricaded himself in the courthouse basement, to keep the town's "evil lender" from foreclosing on the building. The townspeople deliver supplies to him via a treacherous Civil War-era tunnel. Blacksmith and amateur sleuth Meg Langslow is busy keeping the secret of the tunnel from outsiders when she ends up in the middle of a murder mystery. A gifted storyteller, narrator Bernadette Dunne uses a quick pace that drives the plot through lengthy descriptions, mainly of the tunnel. Claustrophobics, beware! Dunne's character voices add much dimension and humor. When the plot gets bogged down, Dunne's excellent narration enhances the laugh-out-loud moments, making this mystery stand out. M.M.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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