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The Prodigal Brother

“Frommer explores the nuances of family relationships in her well-plotted seventh Joan Spencer mystery.... She uses dialogue effectively to highlight each character’s individuality.”
—Publishers Weekly

Joan Spencer, the viola-playing protagonist of Frommer’s small-town Indiana mysteries, doesn’t look for trouble but it keeps finding her, when her long lost brother returns for her daughter’s wedding and her mother-in-law is involved in a murder case.

Joan Spencer’s toughest problem usually is the temperamental conductor of the symphony orchestra she plays for and manages in Oliver, Indiana, where folks hardly even lock their doors. Joan’s daughter’s toughest problem is planning a simple wedding without the interference of her future mother-in-law-from-hell. But when Joan’s ex-con brother comes early to the wedding, danger invades her safe haven. Then bloody murder takes place, and her policeman-husband’s mother is a suspect.

Booklist called a previous Joan Spencer mystery “a neatly plotted cozy filled with deft touches… The series has a basic intelligence and warm charm.” And PW said Frommer is “a Paganini of prose.”

Sara Hoskinson Frommer lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her retired professor husband. A longtime viola player in the town’s symphony orchestra, Frommer now writes for and tutors adult new readers. She has written seven Joan Spencer mysteries and won the Readers Choice Award for Murder & Sullivan.

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Her Brother's Keeper
A Joan Spencer Mystery

Sara Hoskinson Frommer
ISBN 978-1-56474-525-5
240 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95

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