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In for a Penny: A Cleopatra Jones Mystery (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – June 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME) (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594146462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594146466
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,901,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in Hogan's Glen, Md., this witty cozy from Toussaint (No Second Chance) introduces Cleopatra Jones, accountant, avid golfer and single mother of two. Still reeling from her divorce from her cheating ex-husband, Charlie, Cleo is stunned to discover Charlie's best friend from childhood, Donny Davis (aka Dudley Doright), lying on the golf course, a bullet hole between his eyes. When the police suspect Cleo's own childhood friend, Jonette Moore, of the crime, Cleo goes into action to flush out the real murderer. A handsome golf pro's offer of romance gives Cleo a boost as she deals with her mother, her children and the Saint Bernard dumped on her by her ex-husband. While filled with clichéd prose and stereotypical characters, the story takes some unexpected and dangerous turns as it builds to a satisfying conclusion. (June)
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The romance was hot the mystery was excellent and the humor was very good.
Anthony Adams
The murders are left unsolved, and just as the main character gets her first moment alone with the love interest, the book just ends.
Designergrrl
Can't wait to read "On the Nickel," the next in the series, to see what Cleo gets up to this time!
Marcia Balestri

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Carter on September 7, 2012
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As if coping with her divorce, two daughters and living with her mother wasn't enough, Cleo Jones had enough on her plate before coming across a dead body on the golf course.

A perfect cozy mystery, with a touch of romance. Since the author also writes romantic suspense, she handles that aspect of the plot well. Quirky characters, a motivated protagonist all make this book an entertaining read.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Balestri on August 22, 2012
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This book is such a fun, easy read. I love Maggie Toussaint's sense of humor, her ear for dialogue, and her flowing writing style. Cleo is an endearing protagonist whose loyalty to her family and friends is admirable, but it gets her into a lot of trouble. Even though I don't usually gravitate toward this genre (this book was recommended by a friend), I enjoyed the plot, the characters (especially Cleo's mom), and the small town atmosphere that Maggie has created. Can't wait to read "On the Nickel," the next in the series, to see what Cleo gets up to this time!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Designergrrl on November 30, 2012
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So you're reading one of those free downloads and you're thinking, "this isn't very engaging, but I may as well finish it. I want to at least find out whodunnit." Don't bother. The characters are shallow, the main character's motivation is forced, the writing is mediocre at best, the love interest is barely even present. And after all that, if you push through to the ending, Toussaint doesn't even finish the book! You're left hanging with nothing. Nothing. The murders are left unsolved, and just as the main character gets her first moment alone with the love interest, the book just ends. Awful. Authors who create artificial cliff-hangers like this should be banished.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Douts on December 19, 2012
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A mystery with a little romance without the schmaltz. I loved this book, which is the first in series for Cleopatra Jones, the main character. She's not starry eyed, but she is a hard-working accountant with teenage children who has divorced her scum-ball husband. The mystery is believable, and if you've ever lived in a small town, you will appreciate the connections of all the characters. I'd characterize this as a cozy, complete with dogs, kids and the ever present mother. Have fun and buy this book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Polly on August 26, 2012
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Cleopatra Jones is a piece of work. When she has her mind made up, nothing gets in her way. Not even a murderer. This is a delightful addition to Ms. Toussaint's body of work. Her characters are fun, and the plots always keep me guessing. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sally Pink Reviews on January 10, 2013
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Toussaint pens a cozy "who-dunnit" mystery with "In For a Penny." When Cleopatra Jones finds her ex-husband's best friend, Dudley, dead as a doornail, on the golf course, she's 'in for a penny,' as the Hogan's Glen police investigate her friends and family as suspects.

Cleopatra (Cleo) Jones is an accountant in the small town of Hogan Glen. Everybody knows everybody. While playing golf with her best friend, she discovers Dudley's dead body. News travels fast and it seems everyone has a motive to do Dudley in. There's Cleo's best friend, Jonette, Cleo's ex-husband, Charles, Charlie's wife, Denise, Jasper the golf course maintenance guy, Jasper's mother, Cleo's neighbor, Ed, the mayor, and the shady real estate developer guy. The police start an official investigation, but Cleo's determined to find the murderer herself. As the danger gets closer to Cleo, will she find a killer or get killed herself?

"In For A Penny" has an endearing cast of characters. There's Cleo, the beleaguered, yet determined heroine, Mama, Cleo's exasperating mother, Jonette, Cleo's steadfast best, friend, Brit, the bossy cop, Dudley, who was no "doright," Charlie the cheater, and Rafe the golf pro hottie. Toussaint does an excellent job giving Hogan's Glen a life of it's own.

Toussaint builds the mystery slowly, but masterfully, up'ing the emotional involvement with each new angle Cleo investigates. The ending promises to keep the reader on the edge of their seat as Cleo returns to the scene of the murder to catch a killer. "In For A Penny," will have you smiling, fuming, biting your nails, and cheering for Cleo. Toussaint earns two enthusiastic thumbs up from this reader. I highly recommend this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Julie Swanson on May 21, 2013
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I only made it through a few chapters and had to stop. Too painful. The characters were really cariactures and the plot was silly and over the top. As a CPA I was really hoping for an interesting book about a crime solving accountant. Still looking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Townsend on November 19, 2012
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This is the first Cleo Jones mystery and great fun. Maggie Toussaint does a great job in setting up the main characters and showing small town life and murder. If you want a cozy with some romance this is a good series.
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