Jolene Philo’s third delightful “See Jane” book has just been published. This one includes dancing–square dancing! Check it out!
It’s New Year’s Day in the small town of Little Missouri, South Dakota, and Jane’s year is already off to an eventful start. She begins the day with the discovery of a body, setting off a murder investigation that will test the limits of her courage. Soon she’s juggling not only murder, but also the addition of four squirmy kindergarteners to her lively country school classroom.
Thanks to weekly square dance lessons paid for by her mother, the town switchboard operator, and the school janitor in an effort to kick-start her romantic life, she’s also fending off eligible bachelors right and left. As the snow piles up and the town gossip hits a feverish pitch, Jane and the sheriff must race against time to find a killer who’s dancing too close for comfort.
My thoughts: Stumbling upon a murdered man, a pseudo romance, and two women going halvsies to pay for Jane Newell’s square dance lessons–what else could happen to a spunky first-year teacher during a South Dakota winter.
Oh, there’s also dead cattle, a Valentine party at school, including the kapow king of kindergarten, non-skid pancakes with a side of gossip with an elderly neighbor, and a switchboard operator who keeps everyone informed. The pseudo romance? To cover up Jane’s involvement in solving the murder.
Another delightful West River Mystery, with a recipe at the end.
See Jane Dance! by Jolene Stratton Philo.
Who is Jolene Philo?
“Before I became an author, I taught elementary school for 25 years. 7 of those years were spent in northwestern South Dakota. Our first child was born while we lived there, and our experiences with him resulted in 6 books for the special needs community.
“My fiction series, West River Mysteries, draws heavily on my years as an Iowan who landed in cowboy country, who taught country school, and who was adopted and cared for by the locals in the tiny town where we lived.”
Here is Jolene’s Amazon Author Page.
Earlier post about See Jane Run! and See Jane Sing!