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Guns and Roses: A Modern Mystery Set in Colonial Willamsburg Paperback – March 1, 2000

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Cannon, author of five novels (including three mysteries in the Nan Robinson series: Class Reunions Are Murder, etc.), kicks off a new series with a clever cozy that will appeal to every crime fan who's an armchair traveler. Following the death of her partner at an Austin, Tex., crime scene, former policewoman Roxanne Prescott attempts to start a new career as a guide for her aunt's upscale tour business, the Irish Eyes Travel Agency. Leading a group of well-to-do folk on a tour of Virginia's historic sites--the Guns and Roses tour, as Roxanne likes to think of it--proves to be no picnic. As the group moves from Mount Vernon south to Fredericksburg, Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg, what at first seem accidents escalate into practical jokes, malicious pranks, possible kidnapping and death. Unprepared for such trouble, Roxanne has her hands full, trying to pacify angry sightseers, prevent further accidents and discover who is seeking to jeopardize the tour and her aunt's business. Cannon deftly reveals character in a series of opening vignettes; every group member, not least Roxanne herself, is a distinct, credible individual. The author also shows a sure touch in evoking settings, in particular the restored Colonial Williamsburg. After a satisfying resolution, enough questions remain open to justify a sequel. Cannon's readers should look forward to that. (Mar.)
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Temporarily on leave, policewoman, Roxanne Prescott has descided to work for her aunt as a a tour leader. The current group, comprising the usual range of mystery suspects with hidden conflicts and agendas, seems plagued by a series of pranks, ranging from doggy poop hiddem in suitcases to errant leeches. Once they reach Williamsburg, however, murder threatens the existence of her aunt's company. Roxanne's training will out, though, and save the day. A nicely orchestrated plot, authentic Williamsburg surroundings, predictable characters, and a touch of humor; for most collections.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perseverance Press (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880284340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880284346
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,411,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 20, 2000
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If she thinks like a police officer, talks like a police officer, and acts like a police officer, logically one would conclude she must be a police officer. Not! Roxanne Prescott is a former San Antonio police officer. She grew disenchanted with her job, especially after a perpetrator gunned down her partner. Now she earns a living as a tour guide for a California travel agency.

Her first solo trip is guiding wealthy patrons on the "History and Gardens of Virginia Tour." However, her former occupation's skills are needed on this "Guns and Roses" tour as someone makes life difficult for the participants. It starts with childish pranks that turn criminal with the abduction of a child. Roxanne thinks the unknown assailant has a deadly agenda that she plans to stop.

GUNS AND ROSES is the opening installment of a fascinating new mystery series. Taffy Cannon provides the audience with a refreshing and likable lead character who is at the crossroads of her life. Roxanne begins to understand that she can take herself out of the police force, but she cannot take the police force out of herself. The mystery is loaded with viable suspects that will keep the reader switching their decision as to which one is the actual killer. The audience will desire a quick release of the next tale in what looks to be a winning series.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2001
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Ex-cop Roxanne Prescott is not quite prepared for her first assignment leading a tour for her aunt's company alone. But when her aunt gets sick, she accepts the Battlefields and Gardens of Virginia tour, which she dubs Guns and Roses. Things turn disastrous right from the start with one prank after another. Everyone from the new millionaires to the newly weds falls victim. But when the tour reaches Williamsburg, things turn deadly.
Taffy Cannon has written a wonderful book in what I hope will be a new series. The plot was quite tangled, and only near the end did I get any inkling what was going on. The characters were fun, and while some might have been a little stereotypical, they served their purpose well. The story brought Williamsburg to life, and I can't wait to visit. It was also interesting to see some of the behind the scenes working of a town devoted to tourists. The author switches view point characters on a regular basis, which adds another layer to this mystery.
I recommend this enjoyable mystery to anyone who likes a good puzzle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eva Shaw on April 4, 2000
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Taffy Cannon knows how to weave characters, dialogue and story to create this mystery-lover's feeling of satisfaction. If you enjoyed her last books or if you have yet to discover Taffy, do not buy another mystery until you get this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry Mathews on April 20, 2002
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Roxanne Prescott is a shell-shocked ex-cop from Austin who fled to California after her partner was killed.
With time on her hands, she decides to try her had at being a tour guide. Her aunt, Maureen O'Malley, owns Irish Eyes Travel agency. When O'Malley comes down with chicken pox three days before the 'Guns and Roses' tour of colonial America departs, Roxanne joins O'Malley's staff.
The trip through history is not without its own peril. A woman slips and breaks her ankle at a cocktail party. Salt and sugar are swapped from their respectful holders, causing much consternation to the surprised guests. Late night phone calls make people cranky. And that's before they ever make it to their final destination, Williamsburg.
Roxanne is at a loss to explain the pranks, but her investigative skills are a blessing when the ultimate prank goes seriously awry.
I like Roxanne and the concept of a mystery series based on a travel agency.
This is my second Taffy Cannon book, but it won't be my last.
Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
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Roxanne Prescott is an ex-cop now working as a tour guide for her aunt's firm, Irish Eyes Travel. Her first assignment: lead a group on a tour of Historic Virginia. Sounds easy, right? Well, someone is trying to sabotage the group through a series of increasingly malicious pranks. Of course, eventually it leads to murder, and Roxanne needs to help solve the case and save her aunt's business. All of the characters are nicely developed, and the book is the next best thing to taking a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. This is a very enjoyable read, and I recommend it very highly!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Judy J. Cater on May 11, 2000
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Taffy Cannon, auhtor of the Nan Robinson series, has created a delighful new character, former cop and current tour guide Roxanne Prescott. Roxanne is filling in as guide for a Virginia gardens and history tour (known by the participants as "guns and roses") and is prepared for a variety of travel related problems. She isn't prepared for a series of increasingly serious accidents and incidents which plague her diverse group of clients. She finds herself needing all her police skills to catch a cleaver criminal. Taffy Cannon has done a fine job of creating an interesting story, well rounded characters and a fine sense of the places the problem plagued tour visit. And her description of an adult with a case of the chicken pox made me (almost) itch with the memory!
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