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Product Details

  • Series: An Appalachian Adventure Mystery
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ingalls Publishing Group (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932158847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932158847
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,998,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fun, fast-paced read with lots of local flavor. Although the mystery will keep you quickly turning pages, what's ultimately most satisfying is keeping company with the characters.
--Our State Magazine, reviewed by Elizabeth Langfahl

Packed with breath-taking action and nail-biting suspense, with a twisting plot that guarantees constant speculation, this will have readers quickly turning pages, eager to find out what happens next.
--Midwest Book Review Christy Tillery French

From the Back Cover

Returning for a second suspense-filled mystery, Jemma Chase and Detective Tucker find themselves embroiled in a Property Owners Association power struggle. When winter arrives in the North Carolina Mountains, Jemma's need to find lucrative work leads her to turn to her love of cabinet making and photography. Having heard of Jemma's skill from another member of the association, the POA president Petula Windsor, hires Jemma to build cabinets in her guest house. Jemma struggles with her CSI wannabe urges to refrain from investigating a robbery that occurred in Petula's main house, where cash and an investigator's file was stolen. Upon completion of her task, Jemma stops by the main house to pick up her pay from Petula's husband, Ward. On her way back to her truck she smells smoke coming from the guest house. She races to find a way to put the fire out and discovers Petula inside, unconscious. Jemma risks her life to save Petula, but is too late. A simple break-in has escalated to murder. Detective Tucker finds suspects aplenty when files on the residents and those associated with the POA are found in Petula's locked file cabinet, leading him to suspect her of blackmail. Detective tucker tries his best to keep Jemma's interest at bay, but when Petula's husband is found dead and Tucker's life is jeopardized, Jemma won't be stopped until she finds the murderer. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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The mountain area and trail rides are fun to read about.
Jul Press
Perfect for Framing is a fun read, made so by Maggie Bishop's ability to create characters who are quirky but believable.
Leslie Brunetsky
A perfect book for someone wanting to curl up and get comfortable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christy Tillery French VINE VOICE on September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Jemma Chase and Detective Tucker return for another suspense-filled escapade in Perfect for Framing, the latest addition to Maggie Bishop's acclaimed Appalachian Adventure series. With the advent of winter, Jemma turns from helping run Chase's Dude Ranch to utilizing her skills as photographer and wood worker. Jemma is hired by Petula Windsor, president of a local property owners' association, to build cabinets in her guest house, but before Jemma can collect her pay, Petula burns to death in the same house. Jemma, a CSI wannabe, would like nothing more than to be in on the investigation, and Tucker has a hard time trying to keep her interest at bay. But when Petula's husband is found dead and Tucker's life is jeopardized, Jemma won't be stopped until she finds the murderer.

Once more, Maggie Bishop delivers a thrilling whodunit, peppered with lovable characters and set against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains of North Carolina. Packed with breath-taking action and nail-biting suspense, with a twisting plot that guarantees constant speculation, this is one book that will have readers quickly turning pages, eager to find out what happens next. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Pickens on November 2, 2008
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"Perfect for Framing" was a like a trip home to the mountains. Maggie Bishop has created a dude ranch near Boone, North Carolina, and now I wish there really was one there!

The illustrations in the book add a surprisingly nice dimension to the story and an authentic look at the locale. [As a little insider tidbit: the cover photo is a house Maggie knows well -- she and her husband lovingly built it, piece by piece. That's what she does when she's not hiking the mountains or writing murder mysteries.] Maggie knows whereof she writes, and it shows.

Who wouldn't love a book that has folks who go to UFO meetings, vicious battles between property owners, romance, and even Elvis [who is, incidentally, a real person ... but you need to either live in Boone or read the book to know him]? Oh, and don't forget murder. It has all the good stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Brunetsky on December 12, 2008
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Maggie Bishop might just make a mystery reader of me. Though it is admittedly not my favorite genre, I curled up with Perfect for Framing one weekend and found it easy to follow her characters around familiar terrain in the mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Traipsing in and out of the hollers with Jemma Chase and Detective Tucker was like going on a snipe hunt in our local woods. Perfect for Framing is a fun read, made so by Maggie Bishop's ability to create characters who are quirky but believable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 29, 2009
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Power struggles, small town characters, and breath-taking North Carolina scenery add just the ingredients to keep the reader turning the pages in this compelling whodunit.

A woman with zero popularity is found dead and, of course, the list of suspects is long. Jemma Chase, who loves a mystery and happens to be dating the detective on the case, finds herself smack in the middle of the adventures. Not only does she love searching out clues, she is a talented carpenter/cabinet-maker and photographer to boot. She gives new meaning to the word Renaissance woman.

Perfect for Framing (An Appalachian Adventure Mystery) is a cozy, sometimes humorous story that hooks the reader, even as the clues begin piling up. But just when I thought I had it all figured out, a new clue would surface and I would end up back at square one.

Sprinkle in a cast of quirky and homey characters that make up the membership of the Property Owners' Association, and you not only have a list of potential killers but possibly the guest list for your next neighborhood party. Even when you're considering that many of these people could have killed the victim, you find yourself hoping against their guilt because they're all so likeable...well, most of them, anyway!

This book is one in a series with some of these characters, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

Five stars for this read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schuyler kaufman on March 5, 2011
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Perfect for Framing: An Appalachian Adventure Mystery
Maggie Bishop
High Country Publishers/Ingalls Publishing Group

In Perfect for Framing, Maggie Bishop brings back Jemma Chase, the engaging heroine of Murder at Blue Falls, and Tucker (whose first name appears to be Detective), one of Bishop's most romantic heroes--intelligent, sympathetic, and gorgeous--a refreshing change from the stereotypical police detectives in this genre of mystery).
This time, carpenter/photographer/dude-ranch trail-boss/CSI-hopeful Jemma becomes entangled in the murder of the power-abusive President of a nearby property owners' association. Naturally, Jemma's involvement is both a distraction and a delight forDetective Tucker.
As a victim, Petula Windsor is perfect for killing. As suspects, the subdivision's resentful property owners would throw a barbecue celebrating Petula's death if they dared. In the first paragraph, Jemma hears one property owner say her death "might be a relief to a lot of us."
Readers who know Bishop's work, however, also know better than to jump to conclusions. Perfect for Framing turns and twists like ski tracks on Sugar Mountain. In a masterful stroke, Bishop tucks the key to the mystery into a one-page prologue. No--I'm not giving anything away. If you reach the end, find the connection, and don't slap your forehead, it's likely because you're not the forehead-slapping sort.
Bishop's delightful cast of reality-based local characters round out the dramatis personnae.
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Writing is an exciting journey and I love to hear from readers. You inspire me to return to the creative part of my mind and keep keyboarding stories. Thank you for reading.

I am the author of a mystery series, Appalachian Adventure Mysteries, and two romance novels set in the Mountains of North Carolina in the Boone area. "I started with romance and have turned to murder."

The Start: In MURDER AT BLUE FALLS, when her horse finds a body, CSI wannabe Jemma starts to investigate, Detective Tucker comes in and it twists and turns from there. (Also available in audio, narrated by Norma Guerra-Steuber.)

And Then: Since pay is low in the mountains, Jemma has more than one job and is also a carpenter. In PERFECT FOR FRAMING, trouble's a-brewing in the Property Owners Association where greed and a lust for power lead to murder in a clash of personal versus public needs.

Now: The photography group meets at Blue Falls Guest Ranch and soon there is ONE SHOT TOO MANY which features Detective Tucker with yesterday's regret haunts, leading to today's deadly fix.

In the Appalachian Adventure Romance series, Award winning APPALACHIAN PARADISE takes place on a five-day backpacking trip in the spring amongst the bears, boars and girl scouts. With this book, you can take the hike without physically taking the hike. EMERALDS IN THE SNOW involves downhill skiing at Sugar Mountain, an emerald mine, and a cold case mystery.

The fun book, Meow Means Me! Now! is a rhyming feline allegory with poetry and photos. This gift book is a departure from novels but sprang from a love of cats . Think Dr. Suess meets Marley & Me.

I like to hike, ski, climb, swim, explore and write in the mountains of North Carolina where I settled in 1993 with my husband and cat. Every time we travel, we seek out other mountains but none are as exciting as the ancient Appalachians. When asked, "What do you do?" my answer is, "Entertain with word pictures."


I was awarded the honor of being one of "One Hundred Incredible East Carolina University Women" for literature and leadership. I'm an Air Force brat who put myself through East Carolina University and received a MBA degree, a former manufacturing executive, founder and past president of High Country Writers, past Secretary of Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers, and am a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.