The Serenity Stone Murder

The Serenity Stone Murder - Marianne Jones

Growing up, I read as much Agatha Christie as I could get my hands on. Then I strayed into Lilian Jackson Braun for a while. But a good ol' fashioned murder mystery has always been dear to my heart. 

What I enjoyed about The Serenity Stone Murder is that it didn't go in the direction I expected it to. With two women headed towards an enlightening weekend experience, I expected a fellow member to be found murdered. Without going into further detail, all I'll say is that I was pleasantly surprised. 

The main character is delightful and naive about how her actions are going to affect herself and her friend. Both women are extremely trusting when it comes down to it and that proves for awkward, comical, and even dangerous situations. 

In all honesty, I felt a bit let down at the end of the book. I expected some huge climactic (possibly even chase scene filled) ending, but what ends up happening is probably more like how real life mysteries are solved. 

Despite that, I enjoyed reading this book. The dialogue is witty and fun, and I appreciated the lighthearted change of pace with this murder mystery. 


Some Bio Information

Marianne Jones is from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Canadian Living, The Globe and Mail, and numerous literary and denominational publications. She is the author of 4 books, and was named International Christian Poet Laureate 2010-2012 by Utmost Christian Writers. Her website is www.mariannejones.ca.


Q&A

1. When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

When I was eleven I was working on a poem, crafting it to get it right. When I finally looked at the finished product, the thought came into my head that I wanted to be a writer. I felt such a surge of joy and affirmation in response to the thought that I knew I had found my calling. It made such perfect sense. Books and reading had given me so much joy that I could think of nothing better than creating books myself as a vocation.

2. Can you describe your writing style?

My work is descriptive and poetic at times, at other times characterized by economy of words and humour. I grew up in a family that loved to laugh and look for the funny side of everything, so that sense of the ridiculous tends to sneak into a lot of my writing, 

3. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

When I finish a project.

4. Who is your favorite author?

C.S. Lewis. 

5. Describe the perfect mystery book.

I love character-driven detective stories. I may not remember much about the mystery part afterward, but I never forget a great detective character. Who could forget Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot? I love the British t.v. detectives, Jack Frost and Inspector Morse. And then there is the wise and methodical Precious Ramotswe of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

6. What does the perfect writing environment look like?

Any place that I can tune out the world. My office at home is great. On Friday mornings I have a writing date at a coffee shop with a friend. We set up our computers and work across the table from each other. It’s a solution to the loneliness aspect of writing. We are companionable in our silence. But often I write on a plane or on car trips with my husband. It’s easy to concentrate in those situations, since I can’t invent tasks to escape the work.

7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?

To do my best work. To find the courage and confidence to say what I need to say.