- File Size: 621 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC.; Second Edition edition (November 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A3Q5MB8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,125,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Lacing Up For Murder (Whistling River Lodge Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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So, ignore some art director's moment of contextual deviancy. The novel itself is a delightful addition to the 'cozy mystery' genre. Set at a mountain lodge in Western Oregon, its' narrator is Glenna McLain, who's trying to keep the vintage resort of the title running smoothly. Not easy, given the reputed hauntings (one of the resort's 'ghosts' is in fact highly corporeal), peculiar locals (including an old bloke dangerously fascinated by fire), convention-goers with bad habits (an annual gathering of lace makers includes a sweet-faced kleptomaniac), and a reputed monster who kills golf-course ducks. Glenna's unscrupulous ex-husband shows up with his trophy-wife in tow, clearly meaning to do business with a clutch of Japanese businessmen. He's found dead in a pond on the resort's golf course. And it goes on from there.
In addition, Glenna finds herself dealing with a competent but mysterious new Security chief, a local cop who's convinced Glenna's Hiding Something Significant (she is, in fact), a pal who's the local Witch...and two poodles, the lodge's mascots. All in all, it's enjoyable reading from a fine writer. Recommended!
This is the first cozy mystery we’ve reviewed here on the Friday Indie, and don’t let the cover art fool you. We’re always being told that you should not judge a book by its cover, and in this case, that is expressly true. I don’t know who thought a sexy, gun toting babe would be suitable as the artwork for this book, but it doesn’t not represent the contents of the story accurately at all. I certainly wasn’t expecting the middle aged, no nonsense, tea-guzzling and lace-admiring Glenna from this cover.
This book is actually a whimsical, well-told tale of ghosts, lace, tea-time, golfing for-fun-and-profit and questionable fortunes at the Whistling River resort. The hotel’s manager/co-owner, Glenna has her hands full running the resort and doesn’t have time for murder or mayhem: her staff believe the hotel is haunted by the previous owner, or maybe the resort’s namesake– and are on the verge of leaving– her board of directors wants to hire a new security manager based solely on his golf swing, a lace convention is running amok downstairs, and her yearly Japanese business clients just showed up with her dead-beat ex-husband in tow. She can’t afford to offend or lose any of them, or she’s barely hanging on to the aging resort that has been her home and solace since her messy divorce. She has put every last penny she had into buying and running the Whistling River, and she needs all the repeat patrons she can get her hands on. Even if one of their unexpected business partners (cough, cough, ex-husband) pushes her blood pressure to the boiling point.
Oh, and of course, to top it all off, there’s the murder that Glenna will get framed for if she can’t find the real culprit.
Irene Radford has been writing entertaining, imaginative tales that wrap around the reader and make them feel right at home in the world the author has created for years, and this story is very true to form. Throw in the murder mystery and a new employee who may or may not be exactly what he seems, and you have a very fun, lighthearted summer read. No sexy leather included.
[(NOTE: the publisher has changed the cover!) Just found out that talented Mitch Bentley painted the cover. I am not sure that this is the right pairing for this wonderful little mystery and this great Urban Fantasy cover (not that kind of lacing up...) but may I recommend both to you? I loved this complex story, and keep Mitch in mind for any urban fantasy covers!]
Quirky characters, challenges, Oregon, and lace. When is a ghost not a ghost? When it lives in Whistling River Lodge. Check this one out! I'd like another one in the haunted lodge. (Waiting patiently....)