Designs on Ivy's Locket, A Wrenn Grayson Mystery


    Historian-for-hire Wrenn Grayson takes on a difficult client in Kerry St. John. Kerry seeks justice for his great-grandfather’s lifelong heartache. Wrenn meets the renowned jeweler through words recorded in his tattered journal. The year is 1946. He writes from the tiny crossroads of Wyatt, Ohio, about the theft of a treasured locket and the identity of three possible suspects.

    The cold case heats up when Lori Hammond arrives. The stolen locket was discovered among her mother’s possessions after her death. Lori refuses to return it to the St. John family, so Wrenn sets out to follow the locket’s path through history. Next, Lori is attacked and Kerry accused. If Kerry’s not guilty, then who is? That question sends cold whispers from the past down Wrenn’s spine.

    In Designs on Ivy’s Locket, Connie Chappell focuses on the theme of parents and children, separated by death, by theft, and by design.

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 “Designs on Ivy's Locket is a detective story that will compel readers to turn the pages, thanks to the beauty of the prose, sophisticated characters, and gripping plot lines.”  ~~ Readers’ Favorite 

"Chappell spins a fast-paced ride that will have readers hot on the heels of Grayson's leads."  ​~~ Best Thrillers

On September 1, 2018, Readers' Favorite announced its international book award winners in the category of Fiction-Mystery-General. Designs on Ivy's Locket took second place. 


    Charles A. Cregar designed Springfield, Ohio’s former City Hall. This makes the building especially important to local historians because Mr. Cregar was a graduate of Springfield High School. During the late 1800s, he designed many of the better buildings in Springfield. This building, a full block long, was considered the center of downtown activity because it allowed government (city offices), business (the market), and the arts (the opera house) to exist under one roof.

    Designs on Ivy’s Locket touches on another turn-of-the-century element necessary to carrying out the activities of government.  

    Accessed from the back entrance of Springfield’s 1890 modern government building were the stables. Municipal employees of the day requiring transportation used horses and carriages. Even today, a tour of the building’s basement would provide a look at the area used to stable horses.    Government operations were transferred to Springfield’s current City Hall in 1979.

    The Heritage Center of Clark County, Ohio, and its multi-million-dollar collection of Springfield and Clark County history occupies the building today. 


Meet the Characters

 The fun part about reading mysteries is deciphering the clues and deciding which characters are suspects. An intriguing mystery includes a wide variety of characters and that can sometimes tax the reader’s memory.  The solution is a quick-reference list outlining each character’s purpose in the story. The character list for Designs on Ivy's Locket is available below for downloading.