Medals in the Attic

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Annie Dawson is enjoying rummaging through the jumble of memorabilia, old toys, and discarded furniture in the attic of Grey Gables, the stately Victorian house in Stony Point, Maine, that she has inherited from her grandmother. But when she discovers a carved wooden case holding two World War II military medals she is dumb-founded … and troubled. Grandpa Holden’s military service medals are on full display in the living room. Are these also Grandpa’s? If so, why are they hidden away where no one can see them? And if not, whose are they? Why have they been kept in secret in the attic of Grey Gables all these years?
   
“Looks like you’ve given me another mystery to solve, Gram,” says Annie, as she gently 
 lifts the mysterious box out of its protective wrappings. Cradling it in her arms, she carefully inches her way down the steep attic stairs and then down to the living room where she can examine the medals more closely. One is a Purple Heart, of that she’s sure. The other one? She just doesn’t know. So Annie determines to solve the mystery of the medals and restore them to the rightful owners.
 
Annie enlists the town’s mayor, Ian Butler, to help her in her search. Her neighbor, Alice MacFarlane, provides moral support. But Annie’s sleuthing adventure just might expose some long-protected family secrets and damage Annie’s new friendships with members of the Hook and Needle Club, a stitchery group that meets weekly at the local yarn shop, A Stitch in Time. As Annie gets closer and closer to discovering the truth, will she lose friends, her reputation, and even her life? Join Annie in her quest and see how the people of Stony Point can temper justice with mercy and forgiveness when the secrets of the medals are revealed.

The Characters

Annie has lived in Brookfield, Texas, for the last 28 years but grew up in Stony Point, Maine. At 49, she is still attractive with her gray-blond hair, but since her husband, Wayne, died of a heart attack last year, her green eyes have lost their sparkle. She doesn't know quite how she fits into this new, but lonely, phase of her life. So she contents herself with her crochet projects and her garden. Still, however, her life lacks focus and meaning.

A childhood friend of Annie's, Alice has lived in Stony Point all her life. She is divorced and lives next door to Grey Gables in the small but cozy carriage house that used to be the gatekeeper's house for the mansion on the hill. Annie is delighted to reconnect with her long-lost friend.

Mary Beth is the owner of the local yarn shop, A Stitch in Time, in the center of town. She has lived in Stony Point her whole life, has never been married and seems to be the self-appointed town mother. It's nearly impossible to keep a secret around her since she knows absolutely everything going on in town.

Annie's daughter LeeAnn lives in Dallas, Texas and has an independent nature. She and her husband, Herb, have 5-year-old twins, John and Joanna. LeeAnn is worried about her mother's well-being but keeps in touch on a regular basis.