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."
(starred review) --Sept. 2009
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
"Good high-calorie fun"
--Mystery Scene Magazine
"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."