Little Shop of Murders (The Kate London Mysteries) Paperback – March 8, 2008
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"Little Shop of Murders" is a humorous cozy mystery that is long on humor and short on plot. The book is filled with eccentric characters - Kate, her ex-movie star aunt, Walter, a cop named Elvis-Pressley, a repo man and many more. There is also plenty of action - murder, bank robberies, car chases, explosions, and even the play "Little Shop of Horrors." There are even two love interests for Kate. All of this sounds, and should have been, interesting but it never quite worked for me. The book is very funny but the humor is over the top at times and kept me from ever really being interested in the murder plotline. Many of the characters seemed thrown into the book just for the sake of humor. The murder mystery does have a few good moments but often gets lost in the humorous bits. There are plenty of suspects but I found the identity of the murderer to be a bit of a copout. There are a lot of things happening in the book (the play, the bank robbery, a sausage festival, biker's gangs) and it was hard keeping characters straight in my mind.
"Little Shop of Murders" is a funny but lightweight cozy mystery.
Ok, we are back again with Kate and Aunt Kitty. Kitty has a bigger role in this book and I was super happy about it. Although Kate is technically the main character and I love her, Old Aunt Kitty is a ball of energy and a force to be reckoned with. Kate can barely keep up with her antics and trouble making much less deal with her own issues. This is a comedic mystery and totally enjoyable. Sooo funny. This book is just as quirky and entertaining as the first book. Can't wait for more.
She so incorrectly represents the field, it's astonishing; and she claims to have been active in amateur theatre for years! Theatres do not send out professional "repo-men" to collect unpaid for set pieces, nor do they call fellow business owners "deadbeats" and "losers" repeatedly.
In amateur theatre, we don't spend thousands of dollars on renting Audrey II plants, and then not have our lines memorized 3 days before we open. Actually, it doesn't cost THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS to rent anything like that.
Actors don't do around casually threatening producers. We also don't survive in gorgeous historic buildings with the attitude that "This is the Players. Nobody expects them to know lines."
This flat out gives ALL amateur theatre a BAD NAME. The lack of truthful depiction of a career (or even a hobby) in community theatre really ruins the story. Don't make a joke out of it, Ms. Goodwill!