- Series: Hemlock Falls Mystery (Book 14)
- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (February 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042521429X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425214299
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,044,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ground to a Halt (Hemlock Falls Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – February 6, 2007
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The author of the popular Hemlock Falls mystery series, Claudia Bishop also writes a fantasy series for American Scholastic, Inc. under the name of Mary Stanton. Death Dines at 8:30 is her first editorial effort.
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That is until Sarah "Quill" Quillium discovers a body at Heavenly Hogg's Pig Farm. When a psychic predicts another murder Sarah and her sister Meg once again look for a murderer who is a also a paying guest.
Can they discover the murderer while trying to save their Inn from being the murder capital of the state?
As I've said in my earlier reviews I usually get all the current books in a series before I start reading. If I had started this when there were only two or three books, I would have never bought another one. I think this is the type of series that you either love for its quirkiness or dislike because of the stupidity of the people.
This review is an overview of the entire series through this book.
The mystery. The Inn At Hemlock Falls has some of the best mysteries. Very complicated, well thought out and I've never guessed who the killer was.
Myles McHale - local sheriff and government investigator. In the early books he's the sheriff, then he becomes a government agent and now is part-time sheriff when he's in town, government agent when he's gone. He's been trying to get Sarah "Quill" Quilliam to marry him for about a decade.
Andy Bishop - local doctor. He's been trying to get Meg Quilliam (chef) to marry him for about a decade. He's always willing to do as much as he can to give the Quilliam sisters information they need to help their investigations.
John Raintree - Business Manager in the early books, running the Inn. Then it goes bust and he has to take another job and is slowly eased from the storyline only returning to save the Inn from some type of financial disaster.
Marge Schmidt who started out as owner of a restaurant in town and has suddenly become the Warren Buffet of the East Coast.
Sarah "Quill" Quilliam is suppose to be a famous artist. Everyone who comes to the inn, whether they're from New York or a farmer from Kansas has heard of the famous "Quill". Yet through the entire series which is about a decade of time, she rarely ever picks up a paintbrush. "Quill" is also the stupidest heroine in a mystery series. She is suppose to be a great manager, yet she runs the Inn into bankruptcy, because as an artist, she can't be bothered with such things as opening the mail and writing checks. So even though John had told her to watch for the Insurance and to pay it right away, it just slipped her mind. She strings John Raintree along, knowing he's in love with her, but she needs his knowledge to run the Inn so she won't tell him there's no chance of them getting together. She does the same thing with Myles, only he's more persistent and doesn't give up. What he sees in her I don't have a clue.
Meg Quilliam is supposed to be a top chef and she acts like the worse kind of chef you see on TV. Screaming, throwing things, breaking things, it's ridiculous. She also strings Andy Bishop along for a decade, which includes her cheating on him. What she does when their wedding day is less than a week away is unforgivable and made me completely dislike this character. She reminds me of someone who could do with a little psychiatric help.
Doreen Muxworthy-Stoker, the head housekeeper who Quill allows to yell at paying guests and for which Quill had to make a rule that you're not allowed to hit the guests, which Doreen still ignores. Another great business decision by Quill, in not firing the woman the first time she hit a paying guest with a mop or broom.
Max - the dog. Some of the characters are so badly written in these books, that I even dislike the dog. Even after several years, Quill has not taken him to any type of dog training classes and still lets him roam the town getting into dumpsters, trashcans and creating chaos where ever he goes, and the townspeople hate him. Allowing a dog to roam around into places he shouldn't be and around people who hate him, is another one of Quill's marvelous decisions.
The Endings. The mysteries are so good in this book, that it is really disappointing the way they end. You have the start of the big climax, but then it goes to later that day or that week and Quill and whoever else explains what happened, why it happened. Sometimes they don't really explain what happened and I don't like mysteries where the bad guy gets away.
As I said I can understand why some people love this series. The mysteries are really good.
Claudia Bishop is starting another series, The casebooks of Dr. McKenzie, which I am going to buy the first book, If the mysteries are as interesting, but with better written and more intelligent characters, it could be an enjoyable book.