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September Fair (The Murder-By-Month Mysteries Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Jess Lourey
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Book Description

". . . An entirely engaging novel with pathos, plot twists, and quirky characters galore. Beautifully written and wickedly funny." —Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity-award winning author of A Date You Can't Refuse

"Move over Janet Evanovich-mystery fans have a new reason to celebrate! September Fair is fun, funny, and so cleverly written, you'll be guessing until the very end." —Gemma Halliday, best-selling author of
Mayhem in High Heels

The Minnesota State Fair-the beloved home of 4H exhibits, Midway rides, and everything on a stick. The festival fun is riding high until the recently crowned Milkfed Mary, Queen of the Dairy, a Battle Lake native, is brutally murdered while her regal likeness is carved in butter. Can Mira James, covering the fair for the Battle Lake Recall, expose a deadly State Fair secret and win a blue ribbon for caging a killer? You bet your last deep-fried Nut Goodie!

Praise for the Lefty Award-nominated
Murder-by-Month Series

[star] ". . . hilarious, fast paced, and madcap."—Booklist (starred review)

"Wonderfully funny."—Crimespree Magazine

"Another amusing tale set in the town full of over-the-top zanies who've endeared themselves to the engaging Mira."—Kirkus

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lourey's lively fifth murder-by-month mystery (after 2008's August Moon) finds Mira James, assistant librarian and part-time reporter for the Battle Lake Recall, covering the beauty pageant to elect Milkfed Mary, Queen of the Dairy, at the Minnesota State Fair. Unfortunately, drop dead gorgeous Ashley Pederson, a native of Battle Lake, Minn., turns up poisoned to death in the refrigerated room where, as winner of the contest, she was having her head sculpted in butter. Mira, in her effort to solve Ashley's murder, uncovers smalltown jealousies, secret love affairs, embezzlement and a big dairy concern engaged in dubious practices. The author does a good job of presenting the fairground activities, even if some of them, like sheep riding (billed as mutton busting), border on the absurd. Cozy fans who aren't sticklers for credibility will be entertained. (Sept.)
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"Jess Lourey, the literary love child of Agatha Christie and Garrison Keillor, gives us September Fair, an entirely engaging novel with pathos, plot twists and quirky characters galore, plus an inside knowledge of state fairs, beauty pageants and the dairy industry. Beautifully written and wickedly funny, it comes with one caveat emptor: this book could turn meat-eating readers into vegetarians, and the vegetarians into vegans." --Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity-award winning author of A Date You Can't Refuse -- Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity-award winning author of A Date You Can't Refuse

"Once again, the very funny Lourey serves up a delicious dish of murder, mayhem, and merriment."
--Booklist (starred review) --Sept. 2009

"September Fair should earn Lourey a blue ribbon for her detailed knowledge of the State Fair, her ability to create unique characters and her talent for writing another memorable Minnesota mystery."
--Midwest Mix Magazine --Sept. 2009

"Good high-calorie fun"
--Mystery Scene Magazine --Fall 2009

"Lourey has a talent for creating hilarious characters in bizarre, laugh-out-loud situations, while at the same time capturing the honest and endearing subtleties of human life. In any season, September Fair is a rumpus delight, enjoyed deep-fried, covered with whipped cream, or fresh off the bookshelf."
--The Strand --Dec. 2009

"Lively mystery."
--BookPage --Sept. 2009

Product Details

  • File Size: 1720 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (September 8, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M5H6UM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Kept Me Guessing January 10, 2010
A beauty contestant, competing in the "Milkfed Mary" pageant, is murdered while having her likeness sculpted in butter. Who can resist a premise like that? I don't often laugh out loud when reading mysteries, but I did during this one. Lourey's humor is dry and irreverent, just the way I like it, and her writing is crisp and engaging. The mystery kept me guessing until the end.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun series! October 29, 2009
After reading other mysteries/cozies with seemingly perfect, know-it-all main characters (which is kind of getting on my nerves!), September Fair is a breath of fresh air. Mira is flawed but lovable and is surrounded by interesting characters. Many laugh-out-loud moments, although I'm not sure I will be eating a burger anytime soon. :) I hope Ms. Lourey continues with the series!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sunny, Funny Fun December 7, 2009
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The perfect book for a cold winter night. Jess Lourey has such a freewheeling sense of humor and sharp eye for detail that it should be HER head carved out of butter at the next Minnesota state fair.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasurable without fully pleasing December 19, 2009
By Kayanna
I read constantly, like many reviewers. I was looking for another book and hoped that this series, at twice the price of other mystery series might be twice as enjoyable. The publisher's review suggested it was a combination of Garrison Keillor and Agatha Christie. Perhaps I took the review too seriously. I expected the book stand alone; it doesn't. Unless you intend to read further don't start this one. The main character's observations are amusing, as are many of the towns characters. Her real writing skills seem to be saved for nature; when Mira, her librarian, is gardening, the writing waxes lyrical.

If you want a single glimpse into heroine's life, this book isn't it. Apparently each book is one month of her stay in Battle Lake. Since the books are twice the price of other entertaining mysteries you might look elsewhere for a fleshed out, Agatha Christie type mystery. Also, my mother-in-law from Minnesota hates these books that imply all Minnesotans are peculiar, all life there is full of strange encounters with oddballs, but that seems to be the popular view. This book doesn't remind me of Garrison Keillor (my favorite piece of his is why Lutheran's can't be in an orchestra... he's written so much it's hard to choose) but her writing is true of many small towns in which I've lived. For those thinking about buying Knee High I'd suggest realizing you are committing to a longer series, one that is amusing in a what-could-go-wrong-next-kind of way and not expecting a single volume to satisfy your book craving.

For those who care, there is mild sexual romping, but it's fairly well modified; her clever use of language kept it from offending one who is often a prude.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too scattered September 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I love mysteries with amateur sleuths so I was looking forward to reading this book. The writing is smooth, but the plot is bumpy. Way too many side stories and characters, it would've been nice if half of these subplots and people were cut from the novel. Then the main character could focus on solving the crime and the reader could get to know a handful of supporting characters better without being overwhelmed or distracted.

It was like there were too many elements being forced into the story, humor, mystery, romance, ecological themes, choosing a better path in life, etc.

It took a long time to get into the story, I finally skimmed to the end just to see who committed the murder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What fun characters! September 10, 2012
By J Davis
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This is the first free book I have ever downloaded onto my tablet. I was looking for something light and fun to read while I was on the treadmill. Well thanks to September Fair, each workout session was longer then planned because I got so engaged in the book. Mira, the main character, is a 30 year old recovering alcoholic who moved to a little Minnesota town to get her life in order. There she runs the town library and writes for the local paper. Her boss at the newspaper lends her his retro Airstream and sends Mira off to the state fair for a week to cover stories of townfolk at the fair. In short order the Milkfed Mary Dairy Queen, a hometown girl, is murdered and Mira promises the girl's mom that she will find the killer. Mira is a fun character and the two older women who move into her Airstream with her, uninvited, are a hoot. A fun cozy mystery and a new author for me. I will look for new books from her soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the serie September 7, 2011
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I love Mira James. September Fair was my favorite of the serie, it doesn't place in Battle Lake for once, because let's face it, how many murder can there by in a small town. I love all the caraters. Writing is good and smart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 9, 2012
By A.S.W.
This series is wonderful. The writing is witty and fun, but you start to really care about the characters. I hope Jess Lourey keeps writing for a long, long time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A different type of mystery
I enjoyed reading this book because it was an easy read. The characters were quirky but believable. As the plot was developing there were times I wasn't sure where this story was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Candice Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Must READ!
This series is so great, fun to read!
Published 2 months ago by Johnna Neugent
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the funny parts as well as the storyline
September Fair kept me in suspense through the whole story and I had a hard time to put it down..
I love the funny parts as well as the storyline. Jess is a good writer.
Published 3 months ago by Bernice Starin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun read
Loved the style of writing. The book held my interest from start to finish.
Published 5 months ago by CindyLuWho
4.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more Jess Lourey!
I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. As I as reading, I realized this book is actually fifth in a series called Murder-by-the-Month. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Courtney
4.0 out of 5 stars held my interest
The book was slow at first but then after all the characters we're discussed and the story unfolded I couldn't wait to finish it.
Published 5 months ago by maxy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read....
Published 6 months ago by melba Carney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book was very interesting and kept you guessing on who the killer could be. Just the right amount of suspense and information. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Javonda
5.0 out of 5 stars keeps your interest
This book is fun, exciting, suspenseful, funny and an easy read for when u want to relax. Great for all ages and interests!
Published 9 months ago by natanya85
4.0 out of 5 stars September Fair
This was a good quick read, but not as 'mysterious' as Joanna Brady's mysteries. I must admit I had not been able to solve the murder until the end!
Published 10 months ago by marionvgt
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