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Grannies, Guns and Ghosts (Agnes Barton Senior Sleuth Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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That went nowhere. On to the actual review.
Ghosts. Really? Sigh. I don't want to give any spoilers so I won't get into it. This was a shorter book than the first one, maybe a novella rather than a novel. I was glad. This book felt less put together than the first. Editing is badly needed.
What did I like? I like Agnes and Eleanor. Those crazy ladies are fun even though they get into more trouble than they solve. There is a lot of humor in spite of the story being about murders. I am so glad someone has taken the time to write stories about senior womyn. For that reason alone I plan to read all these Senior Snoopers.
In fact... I'm off to read the next book.
In Grannies, Guns and Ghosts, Aggie and Eleanor have been enlisted by a frightened local who witnessed a death ... was it a murder? Or a suicide? Or the gentle push of a ghostly apparition?
Coinciding with this death is the appearance of a ghostly ship seen by some on Lake Huron. The ancestral home of the deceased is also the site of family burials ... and wives and husbands appear to have died in tandem, generation by generation. Curiouser and curiouser, the two fearless detectives work around the local law enforcement personnel to discover more clues and avoid their own vulnerability and arrest.
Gypsies, Ghosts, Old Flames, Pink Guns, Snarky Adolescence, Threatened Curses, Locked Gates and Slippery Cemetery Lawns all pose challenges for our heroines; they stumble and bend their way through them all, to an ending that ties in the paranormal events in such a way as to leave the reader questioning ... and of course, wanting more of Aggie and El's adventures.
Five stars for the sequel that doesn't fall short of expectations. If you haven't read the first tale, Armed and Outrageous, you've missed out on some sizzling relationships! Armed and Outrageous (An Agnes Barton Mystery)
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.
Face people, biology is not kind to us as we get old, and yet, old people still have those natural urges (maybe not to the same extent), but why be ashamed just because they fart, have sex, pee their pants, or act silly, it's fiction and they are having fun!
friend that tends to make solving a mystery harder. As Stated before, Madison Johns can write a great mystery; but, she needs to
focus the readers attention on the story and having the reader wanting to turn the page to see what is happening next Not what
old El and Wilson are doing. The book was, as was the other two, disappointing.
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