Book Review-Mrs. Thistlethwaite and the Magpie: A Tillamook Tillie Mystery #1- J.B. Hawker | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Mrs. Thistlethwaite and the Magpie: A Tillamook Tillie Mystery #1- J.B. Hawker

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I definitely agree with Lisa Hudson's take on this book below! You are going to love these character's--and characters they are!! Mrs. Thistlethwaite lives by MANY codes--one to fit anything and everything that may come up--good or bad! Her boyfriend (?) Slim is really a good soul who trys to watch over her. Unfortunately they both end up in unfortunate circumstances on occasion---but even then Mrs. Thistlethwaite seems to find the bright side of everything.

Her intuition is spot on--if only the police would listen to her--but never fear--she will go it alone with Slim and get to the bottom of the missing ballet dancer!

There is no way you are not going to enjoy this book--I read it in one sitting--it was that good!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Early praise for Mrs. Thistlethwaite and the Magpie:
"Super early review on Mrs. Thistlethwaite book from beta reader, Lisa Hudson:


I've been a fan of J.B. Hawker's fantastic writing for sometime. This book is outstanding!! Her ability to use elderly characters - Matilda Thistlewaite and Slim Bottoms - is brilliant!! These characters (as well as all the other characters) are painted so vividly that you feel as though you would recognize them if you met them in your local church, grocery store, or neighborhood. The story is set in a small town and reflects the devastation and fear brought by the disappearance of a young teenaged girl and the evidence of the return of a serial killer. The author seamlessly weaves the story and has you wanting to read the entire book in one sitting. It's about friendships, families, First Responders, and the criminal element. There are a myriad of surprises scattered all throughout this book. Read it. You'll be so glad you did!! "

Fans of Miss Seeton and Mrs. Pollifax will welcome the indomitable Mrs. Thistlethwaite. Like these beloved, mature characters, at the ripe old age of eighty-five Mrs. T. is ready for whatever comes her way.

When a beautiful and talented teenage ballet student disappears, rumors fly in the charming village of Tillamook, Oregon. Did she run away to the big city, or is she the latest victim of the notorious serial killer preying upon lonely young women along the coastal highways?

Beguiling octogenarian, retired school teacher, Tillie Thistlethwaite, applies her exceptionally sharp mental skills and no-nonsense practicality to the mystery. Petite Mrs. T. and her tall gentleman friend, Slim, reject both theories and launch their own investigation. Will the amateur sleuthing of this unlikely and adorable pair succeed where the police fail, or will they fall victim to foul play?

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

J.B. Hawker loves to hear from her readers. Send comments or questions to, for a prompt personal reply.

Currently living in the wilds of Northern California, J.B. is a woman of a certain age with a lot of living behind her, who looks forward to all the great adventures ahead.

J.B. mines the richness of her history as a pastor’s wife in small communities all over the Western United States to people her not-quite-cozy mystery/thrillers. (If you’ve ever attended a small town church, you may even recognize some of the characters.)

Writing from a Christian perspective, her stories include men and women at all stages in their faith walk, along with some truly scary villains.

J.B. hopes her readers appreciate main characters who struggle with their faith as real Christians do and that non-believers will get a peek at Christian life beyond media stereotypes.

After twenty years serving small churches from Alaska to South Dakota, J.B.Hawker returned to her California roots to start over in mid-life as a single business woman, inspirational speaker and award-winning author.

"I've made up stories my whole life," said Hawker when interviewed. "While other children might need a flashlight to read under the covers after bedtime, I simply made up my own stories, many of which lasted multiple nights, having intricate details and characters drawn both from my life and my imagination."

J.B. has published many articles on faith and ministry.

"Hollow" the first book in the Bunny Elder series and winner of the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award, was her first published fiction.

J.B. has three grown sons. Her oldest, the father of her three beautiful granddaughters, lives in northern Italy, the setting of the second book in the series, "Vain Pursuits" also a B.R.A.G. Medallion winner.

Author's website

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Gladys Parker said...

This book sounds fun. I think I would enjoy it a lot. The name even sounds fun, Mrs. Thistlethwaite! Slim sounds like he would be quite the character himself.

Frugal and Fun Mom said...

Once my little guy starts school this fall, I am looking forward to picking up a new book to read. This looks like a great story to check out.

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