Baby Daddy Mystery
Shady Hoosier Detective Agency Series, Book 2
Hot Pants Press, LLC
(30 Nov. 2018)
It's spring in Pawpaw County, Indiana. Everyone has a bad case of hanky-panky pants. Senior sleuths Ruby Jane (RJ) Waskom and Veenie Goens are on the run, chasing down cheating heart jezebels and shaking child support out of deadbeat baby daddies. Love takes a peculiar turn when a prominent local dentist turns up dead, dressed like a scarecrow, on the porch of his father's mistress’s home in Hound Holler. When a gigged body floats up at the White River Boat and Gun Club, Sassy Smith, senior cougar, is arrested for the murder. RJ bemoans that no one in Pawpaw County can keep their pants on or their skirts down as her grown daughter, Joyce, begs for help chasing down her philandering husband. The romantic mysteries come to a surprise head as the senior sleuths outrun shotgun showers to close in on the answers at the Moon Glo Motor Lodge, the Original Home of Hillbilly Hanky Panky. Veenie and RJ have to buy an extra case of Bengay and a buttload of BBs just to keep up with the romantic misadventures in this humorous crime classic.
In HillBilly country there is nothing to do – it seems – but to have sex – with everyone and sometimes anything that comes along. And as the local population is limited and stable, and they can’t be bothered to travel far for entertainment, genes are very limited and very shared! Which is so not a good thing. Everyone is related to everyone else, whether they know it or not.
I enjoyed the storyline of older PIs basically investigating through gossip – which was very easy to entertain. Secrets were very hard to keep in this very inbred community.
And the eccentricities of life in rural Indiana were fascinating, as was the language and what they were prepared to eat. A diet very lacking in fruit, fish and vegetables it seems.
The Darkest Hour
(Poppy McGuire Mysteries Book 4)
crime fiction, mystery, thriller,
Poppy and Alex come up against their toughest case yet, and they may never be the same again.
When someone close to both Poppy and Alex is found brutally murdered, all the clues point to Alex as the killer. But Poppy knows in her heart that her partner could never commit such a heinous crime. As the evidence begins to mount against him, Poppy must race against the clock to prove that the man she trusts with her very life isn’t the murderer, even as everyone around her is convinced of his guilt.
But if Alex isn’t the killer, who is? As the mystery unravels, the past and present finally meet in Sunset Ridge.
A nice cosy mystery story with a female sleuth who is nosy
but not confident in herself.
This is Poppy’s first attempt at solving a crime and she uses her sleuthing skills from her work as a columnist on the local paper to help her.
Small town USA comes again. Where there are no secrets –
someone always knows something – and sometimes they use this knowledge in
12 cozy mystery novels from best-selling authors to get your blood racing on a cold winter's eve. There's nothing chilling about this chance to explore a dozen of cozies. Curl up for a cocoa, a cookie and a killing!
Winter WhoDunnits in order:
A Pie to Die for Stacey Alabaster
This is the first of this set that I have read and i must say that it did not hold my attention. I failed to complete the story even though I was about 60% of the way through.
A Merry Christmas Wedding Mystery Anne Celeste Burke
The new witty and warm novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author and TV presenter, Fern Britton. Secrets. Sisters. The summer that changed everything . . . Life in the Cornish village of Pendruggan isn't always picture perfect. Penny Leighton has never told anyone why she's estranged from her mother and sister. For years she's kept her family secrets locked away in her heart, but they've been quietly eating away at her. When an unwelcome visitor blows in, Penny is brought face to face with the past. And a postcard, tucked away in a long-hidden case, holds the truth that could change everything. Young Ella has come back to the place where she spent a happy childhood with her grandmother. Now she's here to search for everything missing in her life. Taken under Penny's broken wing for the summer, the safe haven of Pendruggan feels like the place for a fresh start. Soon, however, Ella starts to wonder if perhaps her real legacy doesn't lie in the past at all.
This is a story very much in the tradition of family sagas set in the West Country. Indeed, this is set in a fictional Cornwall. One I do not recognise. Where the sun shines (see the usual amount of rain for Western England: http://www.cornwalllive.com/cornwall-in-the-rain-here-are-seven-things-only-people-in-cornwall-know-about-the-wet-stuff/story-30164588-detail/story.html); and locals embrace newcomers and welcome them.
But this is feel-good summer holiday reading where the title promises a Postcard of Importance, but fails to deliver.
Clearly intended as the first of a family saga from the final paragraph.