Cosette Whitlow is a society matron if tiny Bradley, North Carolina, has one. She kindly volunteers for all the town's charities, but isn't nearly as kind to her own family, neighbors, and friends. In fact, Cosette is emphatically disliked by much of the town - including octogenarian Myrtle Clover. And Myrtle knows that dislike in Bradley can quickly turn deadly.
No one seems surprised when Cosette's body is discovered during a party she's hosting - she was struck on the head with a croquet mallet. Wanting to restore order to the small town, Myrtle resolves to track down the killer - before the killer strikes again.
©2013 Elizabeth Spann Craig (P)2013 Elizabeth Spann Craig
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"A Sleuth, A Soothsayer, and a Solved Murder"
Once again, Miss Myrtle, who is pushing 90 manages to solve, not one, but TWO murders . . . and keep me entertained all along the way . . . with garden gnomes, her sidekick, Miles, her sleep-deprived next door neighbor, and her terrible cooking skills . . . which she more than makes up with her sleuthing talent . . . this time, Miles drags Myrtle along to a drop-in get together at Cosette's house . . . a neighbor that none of them like, but tolerate . . . don't we ALL know folks like that??? And lo and behold . . . what happens? Someone whacks Cosette in the head with a croquet mallet in the back yard whilst the party is going on inside . . . and who, but Miss Myrtle finds her . . . and so the hunt is on for the killer . . . this installment, Book 5, is just as good as the rest . . . these have become my "go to" listens for the diversions I need from heavy books which sometimes leave me a little too contemplative and sad . . . Miss Myrtle will ALWAYS make you smile . . .
"WHAT A GREAT STORY"
MY NEW MISS MARPLE, REALLY TICKLES ME. SHE IS VERY SHARP AND HER SIDEKICK IS WELL MATCHED FOR HER. THE SON, LEAVES US A LOT OF ROOM TO LAUGH DURING THE MYSTERY, MOM OUT-THINKS HIM EVERY TIME. A VERY ENJOYABLE READ, TRY IT, I PROMISE IT IS WORTH THE CREDIT. GOOD JOB ELIZABETH!!
Just finished on audible: a great read and the narrator did a great job. I did not like the narrator of volume 4. I was pleased with this one.
I love books with octogenarian-Protagonists. They are always funny and are allowed to behave 'out of the ordinary'. Myrtle is a strongheaded elderly women who does not like to be titled eldery. And certanly not old. So it's no surprise she sometimes just overestimates her doings.
You just have to love her. And her son 'Red' who only want's best for his Mama. She thanks him, in putting out Gnomes in her garden each time Red gets protective over her. No doubt Red hates those Gnomes.
Thank goodness I still have 4 more audio-kindle books to go.
"Myrtle strikes again"
I love Myrtle and her many antics. She is a fun character. Every time I finish a book I kick myself for not starting this series sooner. look forward to the next book.
I so enjoy this narrator and am glad they brought her back for this book. I hope Audible will record the first book in the series titled: Pretty is as Pretty Dies.
Myrtle Clover excels in solving crime in classic cozy fashion. Although she no longer drives, she gets all around tiny Bradley, North Carolina, either by walking or by convincing friends to give her a lift to where the action and the clues are. Likewise, Myrtle overcomes limitations that others, especially her son Red, want to place upon her due to her advanced age. Myrtle does not give up until justice is served.
My thanks to the author for the complimentary download of this audiobook – it was fun to listen to the well-constructed story and I will be checking out other books in the series. I recommend this title to fans of classic cozies.
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