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Product Details

  • Series: A Georgiana Neverall Mystery (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523388X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425233887
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christy Evans is the mystery pen name of multi-published author Christina F. York.

Chris/Christy looks at writing like an all-you-can-eat buffet: she has to try a little bit of everything. She has written business and technical non-fiction, erotica, action-adventure, SF, fantasy, romance, YA, and various combinations of all of the above.
She has always loved words, in every form. Her first foray into publishing, as the ten-year-old reporter, editor and publisher of a one-page neighborhood newspaper, lasted only a few weeks. During the enforced retirement that followed, she finished grade school, high school, and college, married, had a couple kids, divorced, re-married, and eventually found her way back to writing.
An Oregon native, Christina has always lived on the West Coast. After growing up in the suburbs of L.A., she spent many years in and around Seattle, moved to Eugene, Oregon, and eventually settled on the rugged Oregon coast, where she can see the ocean from her office window. She shares her home with her husband, writer J. Steven York, and a couple of very spoiled cats.
She is currently at work on a mystery for Berkley Prime Crime (MURDER BUYS A T-SHIRT) under the name Christy Fifield, and another for Tsunami Ridge Publishing (STRUNG UP). She can be found on Facebook (Christina York), Twitter (@christymystery and @christinafyork), Webpage www.YorkWriters.com, and on her mystery blog (http://christy-evans-mystery.blogspot.com/).

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2010
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I was pleasantly surprised by Christy Evans' first book "Sink Trap". I don't like "chick lit" - it often reads too much like a half-hour sit-com. "Sink Trap" was not chick-lit and neither is "Lead Pipe Cinch". The main character, Georgiana Neverall is a woman hiding from the tremendous pain of her first huge career and relationship failure - still afraid to trust - anyone, even her best friend from school, Sue. This second book in the series gives us more insight into that first carerr failure and why she walked away from the work she loved, while Georgie tries to find out who killed her former first love. Good writing, wonderful sense of "place", believable characters. I like this series a lot.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sassy girl on May 16, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this mystery.
Mysteries these days, seem to have a theme to them.
Cooking, television, knitting, bed and breakfasts, etc.
I guess we can now add Plumbing to our list.
Unique, to say the least.
Georgiana, an apprentice plumber, is the main character.
Losing her security business didn't do much for her ego.
So, she moves back home.
What does this genius security whiz do?
She becomes a plumber's assistant.
Not a fluff job at all.
This book , "Lead Pipe Cinch", second in this series,
deals with an old flame,
a castle with a moat, and murder..... maybe.
Being knee high in mud and having your old boyfriend
seeing you not quite looking your best, is not the way to start out your morning.
But, wait,the story gets even better, when Georgianna happens to find Blake,
bottoms up in the moat the next day. Not good news for Georgiana.
Having the sheriff telling her to leave the snooping to the police,
just makes her even more determined to find out the truth.
I can't forget the banter she has with her mother.
Mother and daughter bring a little levity to this mystery.
Of course, I knew who "did it" in the first chapter.
My skills could match Poirot's little gray cells, any day!
Hah! Surprise, I was wrong, really wrong.
Maybe next time, maybe next time.
Christy Evans, is now an auto for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2011
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First Line: "Let's get a move on, Neverall," Sean Jacobs, the crew foreman, said as he gestured toward the muddy bottom of the trench.

As this second book of the series opens, apprentice plumber Georgiana Neverall finds herself building a moat-- part of a state-of-the-art castle for a retired Microsoft engineer. Almost before she can blink an eye, her ex-boyfriend has shown up to take care of the security system for the property. Since this is the same ex-boyfriend who sold her company out from under her, his body being discovered at the bottom of the moat doesn't bode well for Georgiana. When the law seems to be eyeballing her a lot-- and moving very slowly at the same time-- what's an apprentice plumber to do but set out to prove her own innocence?

Just as important as the whodunit in this book are the evolving relationships between Georgiana and her family and friends. Her mother's boyfriend is acting strangely, and Georgiana has to decide if she should tell her mother what she knows.

In addition, this murder has opened a whole can of worms. When Georgiana was sold down the river, she left San Francisco vowing never to look back and to make a completely new and different life for herself. She is making a lot of progress on that new life, but at the cost of a lot of secrecy. Another decision facing her: does she want to continue to keep her friends in the dark to salve her pride, or does she want to place her trust in them?

As ever, the mystery and the plumbing tips are first-rate, but what really makes this series shine is its main character and the small select group of people she is gathering around her.

The third in the series, Drip Dead, has just been published, and I look forward to reading it. Do these books stand alone well? Yes, they do, but (as always) in the case of a series that depends so much upon characterization, I recommend that you read the series in order.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamelicious on June 12, 2014
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In the first book of this series, we were introduced to Georgiana (Georgie) Neverall, a woman who escaped her Silicon Valley past and ventured into the world of plumbing. As you know, plumbers always come across dead bodies (don't they?), which is the perfect set-up.

I know - a bit sarcastic, but in all honesty I appreciate the different twist of careers in this one. I'm tired of cozy sleuths all having either a sewing shop, a book shop, or a restaurant. Georgie as a plumber is wonderful, delightful, and lends itself to all kinds of different future mystery set-ups.

From the first book, we know she escaped from her high tech job for a reason, but we never really find out what that reason is. In this book, the question of her past is answered, and it's all because her ex-boyfriend is killed on a construction site Georgie has been working on.

The murder story itself is good - tight, well plotted, and twisty enough to satisfy. The only problem with the story I had was with Georgie herself - she was way too secretive about her past, and there seemed to be no good reason offered. In a way, the drama surrounding her high tech escape was all of her own making in her head - and that kind of woman drives me crazy - in real life and in books.

Still, Georgie is interesting, and the other characters are likeable. This book sets up a possible mystery to come, and I am looking forward to finding out if that is true in the third book.

To summarize: Great read, despite the whole "secret" which annoyed me. There were plenty of suspects, and although I thought I had it figured out, there was a different layer to it that added depth to the mystery. There is conflict, there is friendship, a different "career" than most cozies - this is definitely one to read.
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