- Series: A Georgiana Neverall Mystery (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (April 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042523388X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425233887
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I know - a bit sarcastic, but in all honesty I appreciate the different twist of careers in this one. I'm tired of cozy sleuths all having either a sewing shop, a book shop, or a restaurant. Georgie as a plumber is wonderful, delightful, and lends itself to all kinds of different future mystery set-ups.
From the first book, we know she escaped from her high tech job for a reason, but we never really find out what that reason is. In this book, the question of her past is answered, and it's all because her ex-boyfriend is killed on a construction site Georgie has been working on.
The murder story itself is good - tight, well plotted, and twisty enough to satisfy. The only problem with the story I had was with Georgie herself - she was way too secretive about her past, and there seemed to be no good reason offered. In a way, the drama surrounding her high tech escape was all of her own making in her head - and that kind of woman drives me crazy - in real life and in books.
Still, Georgie is interesting, and the other characters are likeable. This book sets up a possible mystery to come, and I am looking forward to finding out if that is true in the third book.
To summarize: Great read, despite the whole "secret" which annoyed me. There were plenty of suspects, and although I thought I had it figured out, there was a different layer to it that added depth to the mystery. There is conflict, there is friendship, a different "career" than most cozies - this is definitely one to read.
As this second book of the series opens, apprentice plumber Georgiana Neverall finds herself building a moat-- part of a state-of-the-art castle for a retired Microsoft engineer. Almost before she can blink an eye, her ex-boyfriend has shown up to take care of the security system for the property. Since this is the same ex-boyfriend who sold her company out from under her, his body being discovered at the bottom of the moat doesn't bode well for Georgiana. When the law seems to be eyeballing her a lot-- and moving very slowly at the same time-- what's an apprentice plumber to do but set out to prove her own innocence?
Just as important as the whodunit in this book are the evolving relationships between Georgiana and her family and friends. Her mother's boyfriend is acting strangely, and Georgiana has to decide if she should tell her mother what she knows.
In addition, this murder has opened a whole can of worms. When Georgiana was sold down the river, she left San Francisco vowing never to look back and to make a completely new and different life for herself. She is making a lot of progress on that new life, but at the cost of a lot of secrecy. Another decision facing her: does she want to continue to keep her friends in the dark to salve her pride, or does she want to place her trust in them?
As ever, the mystery and the plumbing tips are first-rate, but what really makes this series shine is its main character and the small select group of people she is gathering around her.
The third in the series, Drip Dead, has just been published, and I look forward to reading it. Do these books stand alone well? Yes, they do, but (as always) in the case of a series that depends so much upon characterization, I recommend that you read the series in order.