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This was a great cozy mystery that I would recommend.
Author: Madison Johns
Publisher: Outrageous Books
Kindle Edition Published 3-16-2013
Agnes Barton and Eleanor Barton are back and are drawn into another murder mystery. Agnes is living in her Winnebago waiting for her home to be rebuilt after it was firebombed a few months earlier by thugs trying to get rid of Agnes. She had ruffled more than a few feathers while investigating the disappearance of a visiting tourist Jennifer Martin. A disappearance that was eerily similar to the unsolved disappearance of her niece Sophie the year before (Armed And Outrageous Book 1 of the Agnes Barton Mystery series).
Andrew has returned to Boston and Eleanor has come to visit to tell Agnes about the multiple ghost-ship sightings on Lake Huron. While walking back from the showers a new neighboring camper has arrived. Driven by someone who unbelievably drives worse than Eleanor. Scared of it being a witch or gypsy Eleanor runs and hides in the camper leaving Agnes locked out to face the irate stranger alone. Dutchess, her cat runs the dog off and the new neighbor, Leotyne Williams, rant at her letting Agnes know she is Romanian, so Agnes assumes she must be gypsy.
When she finally get Eleanor to open up the camper and let her in she finds a new client for the Pink Lady P.I. Agency. Arriving at the Butler estate they find Henry Barton's body lying on the ground. Agnes takes note of the numerous seniors standing around the body contaminating the scene. According to his widow, Betty Lou states the he had fallen to his death from the third floor window, and loudly proclaims she had nothing to do with his death. The takes maid them inside to see the room where he supposedly fell from, but before they can go up Sheriff Peterson shows up and tells them to leave. As they are leaving Agnes learns no one else saw the senior citizens.
The Medical Examiner, without performing an autopsy, and Sheriff Peterson are happy to call it an accident. Betty Lou is rushing a funeral. Agnes and Eleanor walk in on her arguing with The Happy Bear Funeral Home director about why he did not cremate her husband. Martin Henderson, the director explained that there is a standing order for the final resting of all Butler descendents put in place by the Butler Foundation. Betty Lou flounces out stating she is going to see a lawyer about the Foundation and estate. She wants to sell up and get out of the Tawas area.
When checking with the sheriff as to why no autopsy was performed he tells them there was no proof of foul play to investigate one on. He then tells him if they can prove that is a murder, he will pay for them to go to Florida. The gauntlet has been thrown down and picked up.
This book can be read as a stand alone or you can read book 1 in the series for background information on all the towns people and Agnes and Eleanor. If you don't it will not detract from this story there is enough information in the book to keep you up to date. Just be ready to laugh yourself silly with this book. These are not your normal seniors. Besides investigating a murder, there is also a beach brawl between Agnes and a former lover's wife, a bank robbery, and a run in with Sheriff Peterson's nephew, and Andrew has returned unannounced and he did not come alone. There is so much going on in the book you will not want to put it down for fear of missing something. These ladies and their friends will draw you in until you are wanting to pick up you phone to invite them over for drinks just so you can enjoy their company.
I also like the humor in thoughts and actions
I like a good chuckle every now and then
Can't wait to start reading the next book in his series
It wasn't the plot that won me over, although there are several mysterious deaths and a few red herrings that keep the reader turning the pages. Also, there is the matter of the ghost ship that makes a dramatic appearance on Lake Huron in the middle of the book. What is it? Is it something genuinely supernatural? If it is a human fabrication, how was the trick done, and what's the significance to the plot? Will there be a Scooby-Doo ending?
I won't give away any spoilers.
The best thing about the novel is the superb repartee between the two sleuths Agnes Barton and Eleanor Mason and their interactions with the other characters. As well as interviewing suspects and dealing with the police in the form of the long-suffering Sheriff Peterson, they also have tangled relationships with lovers, daughters, and granddaughters to deal with. Just about every line of dialogue is well-constructed and either moves the plot along or shows some sparkling humor.
The whole atmosphere reminds me a little of the British TV detective series "Rosemary and Thyme", but that's only a passing resemblance as Agnes and Eleanor are definitely originals. The whole book is great reading fun until the satisfactory denouement.