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Nefarious Doings: A Nell Forrest Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Ilsa Evans
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Welcome to the sleepy town of Majic, where neighbourhood watch is a killer …



For Nell Forrest, life in the little town of Majic is not going smoothly. One of her five daughters has just swapped university for fruit-picking, another is about to hit puberty, while a third keeps leaving aggrieved messages on the answering machine. On top of all this, her mother is infuriating and it's only been a matter of months since Nell lost her husband of twenty-five years. It's no surprise, then, that she is even struggling to write her weekly column.



But the floodgates of inspiration are about to swing open, almost knocking her out in the process. Murder and mayhem, arson and adultery, dungeons, death threats and disappearances are just around the corner. Despite Nell's abysmal aptitude for investigative work, she manages to shine the light on the local Richard III Society and that's when things really start to heat up. Throw in some suspicious widows, nosy neighbours, a canine witness, plus a detective who is getting a little closer than he should, and it's clear that nefarious doings are well and truly afoot.



Nefarious Doings is the first book in Ilsa Evans' new Nell Forrest Mystery series. The second is Ill-Gotten Gains.



"Funny and heartwarming, Nefarious Doings kept me turning the pages until its surprising but entirely satisfying conclusion, when I found myself sad to leave Nell and the town. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next instalment." – Di Blacklock






Product Details

  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Momentum (August 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8MYD6Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nefarious Doings by Ilsa Evans August 4, 2013
The beginning of a fun new mystery series! This easy to read mystery has likeable characters, an intriguing mystery, a little romance and something a lot of mysteries don't have, a family life for the sleuth.

Nell is a single mom with 5 daughters ranging from out on their own down to 13. She's a journalist writing a column for her local paper when her mother's house is burned down and a dead body is found in the garage. Her mother, an very opinionated bookstore owner, needs to move in with her while her house is unlivable. Solving the mystery seems the best way to keep her mother from being the prime suspect in the murder and getting her out of Nell's house!

We get a good feel for the citizens and interactions in Nell's small town in Australia. The family dynamic, while comic at times, also has a authentic feel to it. I could imagine my kids and my siblings interacting in very similar ways. That feeling of a real family is something that's missing in a lot of mysteries and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll be ready for more adventures of Nell Forrest!

I was given the opportunity to read this through NetGalley and I appreciate the author and publisher for letting me do so.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun new series with local flavour October 14, 2013
Don't ask me what's going on. NEFARIOUS DOINGS, the first book in the Nell Forrest series released in digital format by Momentum Books, is the sort of accidental female PI thing that I seem to have been reading lately. The only reason I can come up with is that the ones I have stuck with have been very good.

Perhaps it's because Nell might be a bit put upon (honestly why can't anybody else in that household throw together regular meals...) but she's not daft. She might be a bit ditzy but she's not stupid, and even though she's more of a stumbler upon the truth than the world's best investigator, there's a lot to like about this book, and this cast of characters.

Perhaps it's because it is a realistic cast of characters, particularly when you put them all in a smallish country town. Even the establishment of the town of Majic is a nice little cul-de-sac. The setting isn't really the point however, and the concentration on this book is very much on the cast of characters. Nell, a bunch of daughters, her sister and mother, this is a female dominated world, albeit with the occasional bloke thrown in for a bit of colour. Mercifully this is a cast of females who aren't all saccharine sweet with each other, or backstabbing every step of the way. Sure there's the occasional bit of snipping but that's the very least you'd expect, and there is .. well let's call it a heightened sense of theatricality about much the family and their cohorts. Never quite tipping over into annoying, the chaos made sense, providing a general feeling of an activity and plot whirlwind, that led to exactly the sort of resolution you'd expect. Even the slight dose of fem-jep made sense given the "prod and poke until somebody loses their cool" style of investigation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nefarious Doings - llsa Evans September 7, 2013
A small Australian town called Majic is the home of Nell Forrest. Majic has a bookstore, an art gallery, a community center, police station, a few restaurants and a rather large Richard III society. It sounds very much like most small towns - except of course for the murder, arson, death threats, disappearances and adultery - quite bucolic.

Nell writes a weekly column and occasionally helps out at the bookstore owned by her mom. Her husband recently left her for a younger woman but she certainly isn't lonely. Her home is virtually central station with the comings and goings of her five daughters, her mother, her sister and their various friends it can hardly be described as deserted. Especially after, out of necessity, her mother moves in.

Her mother's house is torched and after her mother is rescued and the fire is extinguished the body of a neighbour is uncovered in the garage. Since the neighbour and her mother disliked each other intensely, her mother appears to be a likely suspect for murder. So Nell, her sister and daughters join forces to prove grandma is innocent. Their sleuthing is more comical than professional but somehow they touch a nerve because Nell receives a threatening voice mail and another innocent soul is found murdered. The local detective Ashley Armistead warns Nell that she could be endangering herself by not leaving matters to the police, but of course she doesn't listen and Armistead's warning becomes reality.

This is a light, comical and entertaining mystery. I loved how each chapter started with an email or note to Nell from a reader of her Middle-aged Spread column. Some of these notes are hysterical. I also loved how the thoughts in Nell's head often take the form of headlines - "Local woman helps police with their inquiries. Implicates elderly mother." And her sarcasm is sharp and witty.

Nefarious Doings is a fun and cozy read and I am looking forward to the next Nell Forrest book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read August 2, 2013
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Another brilliant book by Ilsa Evans!
I fell in love with Nell and her chaotic family within pages, she's a character that you would love to sit and have a glass or three of wine with. The story had me and stitches but also left me feeling guilty when I had to pause leaving them stuck with a killer on the loose.
Can't wait for the next instalment Ilsa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read
very good read, I really enjoyed it thank you for giving it to use free on amazon kindle, I will be looking for other books by this author
Published 4 months ago by Pam Munger
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good read.
A bit slow in places and the cast of characters can become confusing at times, but some good suspense and unexpected twists to the story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CocoLoco
5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of Fun !!!
What a joy it is to read a mystery book that is as good as this book is. The plot was great. The characters believable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kerrabella
4.0 out of 5 stars Nell Forrest mystery
Such a relaxing story. The ending creeps up on you. And, the real criminal is not apparent. Also has some interesting humour brought about within the family boundaries.
Published 5 months ago by Judith D Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
I liked this mystery - it was a bit slow in the first part but I found myself drawn into it and the writing was funny. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little mystery.
Kept you wondering and then a twist and you had to wonder again! Didn't want to put it down. Loved it~
Published 5 months ago by Vetswife1
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
love the characters....excellent mystery....but why is it necessary to use the f bomb. another author I can't read in the future.
Published 5 months ago by C. Kinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I loved this book. Its everything I want in a murder mystery. The heroine has an amazing sense of humor and I laughed out loud several times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Review Cat
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of slow
I like Nell, the character, but this was very slow developing. I need a little more action or even more romance.
Published 5 months ago by Andrea Giancoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and exciting
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it flows nicely, the style is easy to read and it is a difficult book to put down, the story grabs your attention. Read more
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