You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)
by Sarah E. Burr
About You Can’t Candle the Truth
You Can’t Candle the Truth (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries)
1st in Series
Independently Published (November 16, 2021)
Digital Number of Pages: 267 pages
ASIN : B09DDBVSRD
Candlemaker Hazel Wickbury has a secret. She knows when someone is going to die.
Welcome to Crucible, a small town with a storied history. Founded by five prestigious families, Crucible has been tucked away in upstate New York for centuries under the protection of a shield enchantment cast by Jedidiah Glenmyre, Hazel’s revered ancestor. The enchanted barrier is meant to protect Crucible from anything bad ever happening to the town. No crime, no awful weather, no natural disasters…a haven from the greater world.
Until the heir to a billion-dollar company is found dead in his home. With the help of her uncanny power, known as a “whim,” Hazel realizes foul play is involved. But more than being concerned about a murderer running loose and Jedidiah Glenmyre’s protection shield deteriorating, Hazel and her aunt Poppy are worried the town’s kindhearted art teacher will be charged with the sinister crime.
Hazel and Poppy team up with an internationally acclaimed mystery author visiting Crucible to figure out who had it in for the victim. Their fledgling investigation has them questioning if long-time friends have turned into foes and whether blood is really thicker than water.
Determined to prove her friend innocent, Hazel is ready to shine a light on the real killer…if they don’t snuff her out first.
I am so happy to welcomr Hazel to Escape With Dollycas today!!
Character Guest Post: Hazel Wickbury
Thank you so much for having me here today. For those of you who don’t know me, as I am brand new to the cozy mystery scene, my name is Hazel Wickbury. I’m a candlemaker, and I own a candle shop in my hometown of Crucible, New York.
I got into candle making several years ago after my mom passed away. Watching the wax melt and slowly stirring the mixture was oddly therapeutic, and it helped me deal with the trauma of her death. Losing your mom at a young age (I was 23) is really hard. Losing your mom and having a special power awaken within you is even harder. You see, my mom’s family, the Glenmyres, are an interesting bunch. People—more specifically, my aunt Poppy—toss around the term witchcraft when talking about the Glenmyres. Maybe the Glenmyres of old were witches, but I am certainly not. If I were a witch, I would magic away this morbid ability I have.
I can see when someone is going to die.
This power, what my family calls a ‘whim,’ awakened after my mom’s death right there in the hospital. It was overwhelming, seeing glaring, glowing digital clocks counting down above the heads of everyone around me. It nearly drove me over the edge, but luckily Poppy and my Great-Aunt Ruthie were there to help me deal with this new power. Ruthie even designed special glasses for me to wear, hiding the “lifeclocks” so that I could live somewhat of a normal life.
I often wonder why I have this strange whim. I’m a little bitter about the hand fate dealt me. The Glenmyres have had so many exciting and helpful whims over the centuries. Every day, I wish mine was different. I wish I had Poppy’s whim. When she looks at a person, she can see a colorful aura around them, revealing their true emotions. At a glance, she can tell when someone is down and needs a shoulder to cry on or when they’re bursting at the seams with happy news. She can even tell when someone is lying.
My mom had an amazing whim when she was alive. She could touch the cover of a book and learn everything within its pages in an instant. She was so brilliant, able to recall these details at the drop of a hat.
The list of cool whims doesn’t stop there. According to the Glenmyre Opus, the ancient record of our family’s history, we’ve had relatives who could speak with animals, predict the weather, be able to see through solid surfaces, understand any language, and hear people’s thoughts, to name a few. I certainly feel like I drew the short straw when it comes to useful and fun powers. I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to forget my whim, but then my glasses slip down my nose, and I am rudely reminded. It happens a lot while I’m working in my candle shop, A Wick in Time. I catch a glance of a customer’s lifeclock, and it feels like the wind has been knocked out of me. It makes it difficult to get close to people, too. Knowing when strangers are going to meet their maker is one thing, but knowing when a friend will die… I’ve avoided such awful encounters so far. That’s because I keep people at a distance, but even I know I can’t close myself off forever.
Luckily, my aunt Poppy is there to lend me her support. Since she is a Glenmyre, my whim doesn’t work on her. I can be around her without any fear. She’s the one who has convinced me to conduct our own murder investigation, and while that might not sound like a whole lot of fun, it certainly has forced me to lower my barriers and be more involved with my charming community.
About Sarah E. Burr
Sarah E. Burr lives near New York City. Hailing from the small town of Appleton, Maine, she has been dreaming of being Nancy Drew since she was a little girl. Since she wasn’t stumbling across any crime scenes in corporate America, Sarah left her career in healthcare technology to write mysteries of her own.
You Can’t Candle the Truth is Sarah’s first foray into the paranormal cozy genre, and there’s even more murder and mystery in the works for Sarah. #FOLLOWME FOR MURDER, first in the TRENDING TOPIC MYSTERIES, shines the spotlight on a social media PR expert after she discovers a dead body in her clients’ store, forcing her to untangle a web of secrets in her small, beachside town. This title is expected in February 2022 by Level Best Books. Sarah is also the author of the Court of Mystery series, where murder is always a royal affair for her heroine, Duchess Jacqueline.
Sarah attended Elmira College and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy & Religious Studies. She loves to weave these themes into her writing. When she’s not spinning up new stories, Sarah is off seeing Broadway musicals, reading up a storm, video gaming, and enjoying walks with her dog, Eevee. She is represented by Blue Ridge Literary Agency.
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