Award-winning author Connie Chappell timed her second Wrenn Grayson mystery, Designs on Ivy’s Locket, to take place between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a period, each year, which haunts historian-for-hire Wrenn Grayson. At six, she was abandoned by her parents and left in the care of a grandmother.
Wrenn forms an allegiance with renowned jeweler Dexter St. John after she reads entries from his tattered journal, written in 1946. They tell of his creation of three lockets, the essence of which he thought of as daughters.
One entry reads: “Only Ivy’s locket was taken. Her loss has shaken me to my soul. After all, it means the loss of a daughter I have loved, but never known. I’d thought about her and imagined her, certain she’d be part of my life forever. She’d been given a name. She was frail, delicate, and precious. In her heart was a place for wishes and dreams and, perhaps, her daddy’s picture for a time.”
As Wrenn was left behind, Dexter must walk away from the tiny crossroads of Wyatt, Ohio, and leave Ivy behind.
Wrenn’s situation is further complicated by astounding likenesses between Dexter’s great-grandson Kerry, who wants to reopen this cold case, and Wrenn’s estranged father.
In Designs on Ivy’s Locket, Connie Chappell focuses on the theme of parents and children, separated by death, by theft, and by design.