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By Jean Henry Mead
Reviewed by Earl Staggs
This novel has everything amateur sleuth mystery readers want. First of all, there's no dilly-dallying around waiting for a crime to happen. A murder victim is discovered on the first page. When Dana and Sarah, two fifty-nine-year-old widows, arrive at their friend's house for a meeting of the Sew and So club in the Valley Retirement Village, the friend is dead. Real mystery readers also want protagonists they'd like to tag along with in the search for the killer. Dana and Sarah are like old friends of yours from the first chapter and you'll feel you're right there with them as they discover more Village victims, follow clues, and bicker as only bonded pals can do. You'll enjoy following the killer's trail hip to hip with them through each surprising twist and turn of this well-developed and smoothly written story.
Jean Henry Mead is one of those accomplished writers who can blend it all together - mystery, suspense, a compelling plot, real people, real situations, natural humor - in a story that will keep you guessing at the edge of your seat until the last page. . .and then leave you hoping there are more books with Dana and Sarah. Fortunately, there are two more in this excellent series: DIARY OF MURDER and MURDER ON THE INTERSTATE
Amateur sleuths Dana Logan and Sarah Cafferty take things into their own hands because in all likelihood, they're on the list and it won't be long before their numbers (or letters) are up. Newly appointed Sheriff Grayson doesn't seem to be getting anywhere in his investigation, and these two women know something has to break soon. Dana's daughter, Kerri, shows up and adds an extra degree of difficulty to the situation. The twists and turns in this story will keep you guessing until the very end. Who wants the members of the Sew and So Club dead, and what could these seniors have done to deserve this fate?
The characters in this story will endear themselves to you and you may wish you knew them in real life. The story is told with humor and heart, and I highly recommend A Village Shattered. I look forward to the next in this series.
Mead begins this novel at flank speed and never slows down. Everyone's wondering about the motives and whereabouts of everyone else, and the only people who aren't suspects are dead. This novel offers humor, romance, a boat load of red herrings, realistic characters, and two determined amateur sleuths who make one demand of sheriff Walter Grayson: if you can't figure it out, stay out of our way. Mead knows how to tell a story that will keep mystery fans up past their bedtimes with their doors and windows locked.
This is what I did not like:
1) Unmarked transitions. One paragraph you're in the fog, in the next you're in the kitchen. At least put asterisks between transitions! Plus there are too many transitions, making the story jump around like a poorly edited film.
2)A thinly-veiled contempt for men. The men in the story are all despicable in one way or another, even the "good" ones.
3)A lack of knowledge of police procedure. A small town sheriff MAKING people double up in each others' homes? And a stretched police department assigning deputies to stay overnight in people's homes? There also seems to be no crime scene investigations.
4) People behaving stupidly. The story wouldn't have moved forward if all the characters didn't behave like blithering idiots and make completely illogical choices.
I was really hoping to like this story, and to find the San Joaquin valley in it. Instead I found a story where the fog was the only element of the San Joaquin valley that rang true. And even then, the residents didn't seem to know how to deal with it...believe me, when you live in fog four months of the year, you learn how to deal with it.
I highly recommend this book to fans of murder mysteries!
© 2008-2009 Bobbie Crawford-McCoy (Book Reviews By Bobbie).
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Normally, I prefer to read a mystery series in order but sometimes things don't work out that way. I had read a few books in Jean Henry Mead's Logan and Cafferty series before I... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Patricia Gligor
poorly-edited, with dialogue better suited to your average highschool student with no writing skills; a police force incompetent in the extreme; a story line where, even when you... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
book was good, very good at hiding the murderer until the very end. Quick read and kept wondering until end.Published on December 7, 2013 by Michelle
She is a great writer, I love how she can pull you in a book. It feels like you are there with them. I couldn't put the book down until the end. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Amber Clio Princess
I DIDN`t care for this book. I thought it was boring. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.I do like family stories from the 1800`s but I DIDN't care for this story.Published on September 4, 2013 by 6249
Very well written book. Kept me questioning who done it. Would recommend to anyone who like suspense. Would read again.Published on September 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This was a good story and it was completely credible until the heroine and her daughter decided to take off in the fog. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I love this book! The two lead characters are bold, daring and so very funny. They aren't super models and genius doctors... Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Cathy Brubaker
When the Valley Retirement Village in San Joaquin Valley becomes the scene of a murder, amateur sleuths, Dana Logan and Sara Cafferty, attempt to solve the crime. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by The Roving Reader