Parrish the Thought


Unlovable people plague Christine Sterling's world. Most difficult of all is Amanda Colter, a surly Goth teenager accused of murdering prominent Nevada City matron, Bessie Parrish.

When Christine answers Amanda's call for help, she is thrust into a frightening and unfamiliar world populated by misfits and outcasts. In her zeal to help Amanda, she must face the ugliness of her own prejudiced heart. That means she must decide whether to run from those who live on the fringes or to give up her judgmental attitude and instead embrace God's command to love the unlovely.

The Christine Sterling Mystery books will be reissued in 2016.




"This is Catherine Leggitt's third book in her series "The Christine Sterling Mystery Trilogy", the first two I had not read yet. I approached her to let her know that my best friend and I have a Christian Women's book club and would love to review her book. I was thrilled when I received my copy in the mail. I was happy to know that I did not have to have read the other two in order to read this one, as it could be read as a stand alone. It would have been better so I could have gotten to know the character of Christine Sterling much better.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story, I liked the way the author showed how the youth today react to the adults and vice versa. It is so true of life and I believe that with more communication and acceptance, there wouldn't be so many barriers between them. So many adults today forget what it was like to be young and have the stress and struggles along with the added family problems. I enjoyed the friendship Christine had with Zora Jane. She was a REAL friend, one who will tell here like it was and not apologize about it. She was the type of friend where the saying is true, "A true friend knows everything about you and loves you anyways!". I loved her boldness for Christ. It was refreshing and encouraging. We all need a friend like her. I got a laugh out of Christine's relationship with her husband, obviously after their many years of marriage, Jesse understands and tolerates his wife's behavior, but she definitely pushes the limits of sneakiness and manipulation. Relentless is an understatement when it comes to Christine, no matter how many times the detectives tell her to back off the case.

Christine's character reminds me of a modern day Agatha Christie. I was happy with the way the story came together, it was unpredictable, and kept me guessing up until the reveal. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with some humor thrown in as well! I look forward to the next project that Catherine has in the works, she is so very talented!"

Deborah Leathers

"Catherine Leggitt's final Christine Sterling Mystery series, Parrish the Thought is the most serious of the three. Catherine is on her way to being an fine writer. When I read a book in three days, that shows how much I enjoyed reading it. I love reading mysteries and it is so nice to be able to read books that are not full of bad language and adult content. I am sad that Parrish the Thought will be the final chapter for Christine Sterling, such a bold little lady, but yes, it is time for her and Molly to take a rest. It kept me on the edge of my seat each time Christine slipped out to investigate on her own and a total surprise as to who actually killed Mrs. Parrish. I am looking forward to reading more books by Catherine Leggitt and waiting for her next new one that is in the works."

Nancy A.

"Catherine Leggitt, you've gone and done it again. You made me giggle, chew my nails, and boo-hoo like a whiny baby. Christine Sterling is the nosy neighbor/compassionate do-gooder type, and she keeps getting involved in these murder mysteries. Even little old ladies can't die in peaceful sleep when she's around.

There's that. And then there's the goth teenager, Amber, who disappears and becomes the principle suspect. At least of the police. Christine, on the other hand becomes the principle suspect of the other goths when she starts trying to find Amber. As usual, everyone is trying to tell Christine to stay out of the investigation--the police, her best friend, and her long-suffering husband, Jesse. But does she? Silly question. Of course not. The big question is, will she survive her snooping--er, sleuthing? The Good Lord only knows, and He ain't telling. Neither will Catherine. At least not until the end of the book."

Anne Baxter Campbell