Thank you for a great 2017!

Dear friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season and are looking forward to 2018! Whatever your plans and dreams for the next year, I pray the Lord would bless and keep you, and that you would glorify and enjoy Him even more richly than before. 🙂

My family and I have had a lovely week of restful fellowship, good food, and special gifts. One of the greatest blessings, however, are the messages that have been rolling into my inbox and onto this website, capturing your enjoyment of Baker 7: Hunting in the Highlands.

Thank you for letting me know that you liked it!  I’m thrilled that it lived up to your expectations and that you’re keen to see a book 8 that develops these Baker Family characters even more and sees them facing whatever new challenges come their way.


I am grateful to the Lord for enabling me to finish book 7 this year, and thankful that everything came together at the last minute for publication. At the same time as writing these books, I’m studying for a degree and working part-time (and training a puppy 😉 ), so juggling everything is tricky sometimes!

Could I ask a favour? If you’ve read and enjoyed Hunting in the Highlands or any of the Baker Family Adventures, would you mind leaving a rating/review on Amazon? It helps more readers find out about the series, helps my work as a writer, and absolutely makes my day 🙂

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Once again, thank you for your messages of feedback and encouragement! Besides being great to connect with you, your support means I can continue researching and writing new adventures.

Blessings to you all, and Happy New Year!

~ C. R. Hedgcock




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151 thoughts on “Thank you for a great 2017!

  1. Wow! The pictures are stunning! It makes it easier to picture Scotland! Hunting in the Highlands is amazing and I am so glad you were able to finish it this year!
    Happy New Year! Please let there be a book 8!!!! I would love it–actually I think we all would!

  2. The pictures do help see what Scotland looks like! I finished the sample of Hunting in the Highlands and enjoyed it greatly; I hope to get the book some day soon. 🙂
    I would love to see a book 8! Isabelle got that right; We all would love it!
    Happy New Year everyone!

  3. Happy New Year! Book 7 was absolutely amazing! I agree with everyone else; there has to be a book 8! And, like Parker, I’m reading it for the third time this week 😉

  4. Haven’t read it yet but SOOO want to!!!!! 😀 😀
    Great job, C R Hedgcock!!! May the Lord continue to bless and further your work for Him!!
    Happy 2018!!!!

  5. I so enjoyed book 7! It was so much fun reading about places I had visited this year: Stirling area, Loch Ness, etc. I got the book in the mail about 5 in the evening and finished it at 11:30 that night. I hope there are more books coming! Thank you for all the hard work you put into your books

  6. Happy New Year!!!
    I loved book 7! Thank you so much for all of the time and hard work you have put into it! I hope you will write a book 8 in the future.

  7. I finished Hunting in the Highlands last night! I think that book was my favorite of all of them! I feel so sorry for Mr. Jigson of how he’s had a rough life. 😦

    Thanks Ms. Hedgcock!

  8. Book 7 is the best yet! A book 8 would be… Well I don’t words for how great it would be!😂
    God bless you in the new year!!

      • Yes Parker, I think you’re right. But what? I do know that L is the 12th letter of the alphabet, and the first letter in Lemons, but I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. Maybe I’m overthinking it…

      • That might but I don’t know. I don’t think they would use 12 if it is for L in lemons. I’m glad you’re thinking though. I’ve been trying to figure the out twelve Lemons thing for a long time. I don’t have any ideas other than them meeting at a grocery store or something and that seems kind of silly. Not mysterious like what we think this is. I tend to think like you about it and you made a good point. I can’t wait to find out what it means though since we have thought about it so much.

  9. Maybe it was part of a recognition code they used when they first met? You know, like the one about ponies the bad guys use in Summer of Suspence?

    • That is what I always thought! But there could be other options too. I think we are overthinking this. We spend all our time wondering what ‘Twelve Lemons’ means, while the answer may really be simple the whole time… But you never know! 😉

      • Even if ‘Twelve Lemons’ is solved, there are plenty of other mysteries that still need to be resolved!
        Has anyone noticed that all the books are sort of connected to each other? For instance, 1,4,5,6, and 7 all have something that relates to Ms. Verton, Jigson’s mysterious past, and so on. Plus, ‘Earthquake the First’, as mentioned in Book 6, is the one that kept Mr. Baker in England when Abby was kidnapped. The only books that don’t tie in are Peril and Riddle…at first glance. Ms. Verton has employees all over the world looking for jewels–Lewis Nickel is a professional treasure hunter. Ms. Verton seems to like artifacts–so does Bud Larone. I don’t know, but it is an interesting thought!
        Oh, and I would be interested to know more about Mr. Baker’s family and past. We know about Mrs. Baker, but not him.

      • Isabelle, Peril on Providence Island kind of does tie in because Dainn in book 6 mentions Jigson stopping Lewis Nickel. Only book 3 doesn’t exactly. It would be cool to learn about Mr. Baker’s family. Maybe Jigson could be related somehow. It would be cool if the Hills were Jigson’s grandparents as some of you all have mentioned.

      • Isabelle, what if Miss Verton knew Mr. Baker was in England and they did the earthquake for an experiment but also to keep him in England so he couldn’t help his family?

  10. I hope Miss Verton appears in other books. She and Dainn are my favorite villains. I hope they are in several books to come.

    • She should become good! I like her, but she would be so awesome as a ‘good person’. There is this audio drama my sisters and I love to listen to, and in it one of the bad guys becomes good. Only problem is he is sentenced to a long time in prison. Fortunately, the FBI need his help and in exchange for it, he becomes a free man. Maybe something like that could happen with Miss Verton, so that she can get out of prison sooner (and be good). 😀

    • Dainn is Jigson’s uncle and the leader of the RDC (That reminds me, what does RDC stand for?). Remember him from Iceland Intrigue?

    • I’ve been thinking about the RDC mystery for a while especially since I’m reading book 6 to my siblings. We have listened to some of the older Jonathan Parks. They aren’t as good as Miss Hedgcock’s books but they are pretty good.

    • I like the little mysteries like that added to the book as long as one-day I find out the answer. Some people never answer those and that drives me crazy.

      • Yes! When mysteries aren’t solved, I like to just make up a satisfactory resolution. I haven’t with the BFA, though, because I am confident that we will find out at least most of the mysteries eventually!

      • I don’t think Miss Hedgcock will keep those mysteries from us though. I’m just saying some authors do that.

  11. Good observation Isabelle! I was thinking along the same lines. I think Peril is tied in because Dainn says that he’ll “pardon” Jigson for stoping Lewis Nickel. So Mr. Nickel seems to be in league with Miss Verton and Dainn. The connection between Riddle and Hunting is Detective Clement Gray. What was he up to anyway???

      • As long as we assume that the books are all tied together, I wonder about Briosa. Book 5 says she has lived with her grandfather since she was thirteen. Where was she before that? Who are her parents and what happened to them? Does her Catalan background tie in with the foreign background of the Sloanes from Summer of Suspense? (Who also happen to look a lot like Briosa, with dark skin and black hair?) This is just a random question, but I have learned that with the Baker Family Adventures, random questions aren’t always random…

      • Jubilee, I forgot about the Detective Clement Gray. He seems questionable. I wonder If one day he will be a villain against the Bakers.

  12. Oh and here is another interesting connection. In Iceland Intrigue, Dr. Roth wears tan brogues, which are leather shoes historically associated with Ireland and the Scottish Highlands. It probably doesn’t mean anything, but it is interesting just the same.

  13. Does anyone remember the feud between Dr. Roth and Guðmundor? It seems to me that Jigson isn’t the only secret agent Dr. Roth has helped medically.

  14. I was thinking about Detective Clement Gray, and I had a thought… In Riddle, he asks Phil about his education, which at the time seemed insignificant. If I remember correctly, the Glen was very interested in education. Maybe Detective Gray was looking for new “recruits”?

  15. You guys are deep. Like I feel like I’ve missed so much in the books. Now I have to read them all over again. Miss Hedgcock had better write another book to answer all these crazy mysteries.

  16. Do you all remember Jigson talking to Guothmunder and Jigson mentioned that it had been a long time since he was an old man? There seems to be a history behind those two . . . . Also, I wonder if Miss Verton is still going to marry Herr Klaus. And what about Arne the artist who Jigson went into disguise as? We don’t know about him other than him being an artist. Was he arrested? I don’t completely remember but it wasn’t mentioned that he was.

  17. That’s true but Herr Kluass as a brother in law. *shudders*.
    Ms. Verton just needs to clean up her life. I mean wouldn’t it be awesome if her and Jigson could work together instead of being enemies?

      • Yeah, the letter and also it kind of sounded like Jigson was going to witness to Miss Verton. I would like her to become good and work with Jigson but I kind of don’t. I like her being a villain but I also would like her being good.

  18. Has anyone thought about when Abby was questioning if Haelix was really him or not in book 7? I’m not completely sure why she did unless she was thinking about book 4. Also, the Loch Ness monster was cool.

      • It’s right after Jigson gets the package from the Crown. The Bakers are all about to be taken to the Glen.

      • Thanks Parker, now I remember. Considering Haelix was in disguise, it seems natural for Abby to wonder who he was.

      • You have a point. I’m just not used to that unless there is something mysterious going on. With the Bakers past though it would be natural.

    • I forgot about that part. Where is it? The monster was cool, but I still have a hard time believing there really is a Loch Ness monster… There have been SO many false alarms–besides, everyone always assumes the wildest when it comes to something mysterious. But if there is anything at all in Loch Ness, it probably isn’t what everyone thinks it is.

      • It would be cool if the monster is real. I know it probably isn’t real and if it was it would probably be dead.

  19. Here’s another mini mystery, Gleymmérei seems very important to Sigurd. Why would he let a complete stranger (Haelix) ride her?

  20. Ms. Hedgcock, I really enjoyed reading what you had to say about writing in “The Young Writer’s Guidebook” by Brett Harris. It is a fantastic book and really inspired me as a writer! Thank you for everything you are doing!

    • I am actually doing it right now. Registration closed yesterday and my parents surprised me by signing me up right before it closed!

      • You’ll enjoy it (especially Story Day)! I did it for two months (July and August) but couldn’t continue after because I was saving for a mission trip. 🙂

  21. Thank you all for the great comments and conversations that are going on! In the interests of mystery, 😉 it’s best if I let you discuss the series without getting too involved, but know that I love to read your theories and queries. We’ve got a great little community here, and I’m thrilled to see such enthusiasm and kindness in it.
    The Lord bless you all!

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