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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: John Daniel & Company Books (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880284650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880284650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
A quaint Pennsylvania town opens its historic houses for a charity tour, only to uncover hidden secrets it would rather keep hidden. Reporter Tori stumbles on many of these secrets, but earns the goodwill of the town through her personality. Death, Bones And Stately Homes is an intriguing and thoroughly entertaining mystery.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "mysterysuite" on July 30, 2003
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Tori Miracle, reporter and former New Yorker, hasn't exactly made a great impression in Lickin Creek. She's been blamed for the historical society fire, the death of the town's only doctor, the death of a senator, and the absence of the town's former police chief, Garnet, among other things.
Now that her editor is back on the job, Tori is reduced to part-time reporter. When Alice-Ann, her best friend, asks her to write the copy for the annual Lickin Creek house tour, Tori reluctantly agrees. But in the process of examining one of the houses, Tori and Alice-Ann stumble upon a skeleton. To save the house tour, Alice-Ann talks Tori into keeping the skeleton a secret until the tour is over. But the skeleton disappears and Tori becomes the victim of a series of seemingly unrelated mishaps. Is she paranoid, as Alice-Ann suggests, or is there a connection with the skeleton? But there is little time to investigate--an escaped convict may be heading to Lickin Creek to get even with his wife, Tori is being stalked by an unknown person, and she hasn't heard from Garnet since January.
You will like Tori's satirical reactions to the townspeople as she continues to find her niche in Lickin Creek. And after reading this book, you can't help but wonder what will happen next
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 13, 2003
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In the year that Tori Miracle has lived in the small town of Lickin Creek, Pennsylvania, she has tried her best to fit in but her detractors blame her for the death of their beloved congressman and the destruction of the historical house and courthouse buildings. She still has hopes of being part of the community so she volunteers to write up the brochure for the stately homes tour.
For the first time, the group has managed to get permission to put Morgan Manner on the tour but when Tori and her best friend Alice Ann examine one of the outbuildings, they discover old bones covered in a tuxedo. Tori learns it is probably the body of Rodney Meellot, a high school music teacher, who eloped with the art teacher Emily Rakestraw. A few days later the remains of Emily are found in Bride's House. Tori is sure the two murderers are connected so she starts asking questions of the townsfolk and that is when the attempts on her life begin.
It has been a long time since a Tori Miracle Pennsylvania Dutch mystery has been published but it has been well worth the wait. DEATH, BONES, AND STATELY HOMES is a charming cozy with many amusing and whimsical moments. Valerie S. Malmont also interweaves a social issue sub-plot into the main story line, which makes the tale even more realistic without taking away from the who-done-it. Ms Malmont is one author who never fails to deliver a fascinating story.
Harriet Klausner
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maribeth A. Bradley on November 14, 2003
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As a NYer who has transplanted to the same town where Valerie Malmont lives -- I can tell you her perceptions of life in "Lickin' Creek" are very accurate. Maybe it's because the town is nestled between two mountains that the outside world has only started to move in.
Ms. Malmont's books are enjoyable, entertaining, funny and provide a perceptive insight into life in rural South Central Pennsylvania. Even the locals enjoy figuring out who the characters and places represent.
If you don't believe me -- add Chambersburg PA on your next visit to Pennsylvania and see for yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on August 24, 2007
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Not realizing that this was part of a series and only being thrown off once when an old storyline was mentioned, I ended up liking this mystery involving the quirky people of Lickin Creek, Pennsylvania. Tori Miracle is a local news reporter and inadvertently discovers the body of Rodney Mellot who was a beloved music teacher that was thought to have run away with his bride to be. Unfortunately, this wasn't the whole story and Tori once again is in the middle of this mystery and has to reveal the towns secret. Midway through the book you are sure you know who-done-it, but keep reading, it's not what you think.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2003
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Turn off cable news. Valerie Malmont's sleuth, New York writer Tori Miracle, is back with another adventure in rural Lickin Creek, PA. Things aren't going well: her blabby Anglophile landlord is home early from England, her promising romance with
ex-police chief Garnet Gochenauer seems finis, and worst of all her part-time job as a reporter for the local paper has been made just the teeniest bit more difficult by the suspicion of the locals that where Tori goes, trouble follows. (Upon review of Tori's history in Lickin Creek, covered in Malmont's previous books, they can probably be forgiven.)
But what's Tori to do with all this time on her hands? How to repair her reputation? Why volunteer, at the urging of best friend Alice-Ann, to write the brochure for the Stately Homes Tour of course. Harmless enough, no? No. Not with Tori's bent for tripping over years old mysteries. Yes, there is a skelton. Yes, it doesn't appear to be in this state from natural causes. No, it doesn't stay put. But this little problem pales compared to the news that Tori's ambassador father and his family have disappeared during an uprising in a small African nation. And then there's the matter of the escaped convict. . .
Like so many good mysteries, the mystery itself is only half of the pleasure. Read "Death, Bones, and Stately Homes" for Malmont's kindly spoof of small town life. Why, for instance, wouldn't the acting police chief be named Luscious Miller? Of course he would. And when Tori attempts to tiptoe back into the dating scene, she finds herself. . . No, I'm not going to tell you. I will tell you I laughed.
For mystery fans who love the softer side of crime, "Death, Bones, and Stately Homes" is a comforting and well plotted read.
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