May Day (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 1) Paperback – March 8, 2006
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"This trade paperback packed a punch...I loved it from the get-go!"―Tulsa World
"What a romp this is! I found myself laughing out loud..."―Crimespree Magazine
"Mira digs up a closetful of dirty secrets, including sex parties, cross-dressing and blackmail, on her way to exposing the killer. Lourey's debut has a likeable heroine and surfeit of sass." ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Midnight Ink (March 8, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0738708380
- ISBN-13 : 978-0738708386
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.24 x 0.5 x 7.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,168,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The heroine is of rather unstable temperament, for reasons which are part of the story; nevertheless, I found her to be, on the whole, appealing. Some aspects of the community into which she has just moved seem to be bizarre, to say the least, but, then, the part of Minnesota in which I briefly lived, was more urbanized(and, that was also, likely, before this girl's parents were born).
All the characters in the book, save for the heroine, are pretty shadowy, not given much substance. This was not particularly disquieting in a stream-of-consciousness novel. The Sheriff, too, seemed remarkably remote from the investigation, being, as he was,, practically the entire police force. That can reasonably be charged up to the State Police taking charge. It just felt a bit strange.
At any rate, the book was free when I 'purchased' it and now I see it is at a full mass paper-bound price, although less than its quality paper-bound cost of $15-. This leads me to say that is good reading, but not better than many of those kindle mysteries at less than $4-.
Jeff and Mira seem to hit it off very well and become intimate on their first date, but Jeff stands Mira up for the second date. Mira is very angry the next day when she goes to work at the library and thinks of all kinds of reasons why he would do such a thing. As she goes through the stacks, cleaning up and straightening up, she finds the reason for Jeff's absence the night before. As Mira starts to enter the Pl-Sca aisle, she stumbles upon Jeff's dead body, and now she knows why he didn't show up the night before. From here on out, the book follows Mira's sometimes wacky, but logical and accurate search for Jeff's killer.
Mira's friend, Sunny, is in Alaska for a few months, so Mira is housesitting Sunny's doublewide mobile home for her with her calico cat and her dog. I like Mira's relationship with her pets and also her finding comfort in gardening. When she is overwhelmed, there is nothing that calms her like digging in the soil outside and planting flowers and vegetables and then seeing to the care and maintenance of her gardens. The only thing I didn't like about Mira is her occasional crudeness, which actually doesn't fit the cozy mystery genre as I know it. I didn't think that violence was overdone, but sexual comments could have been kept to a minimum or in this type of book, the crudeness left out altogether.
I gave this first in the series 3 stars for being okay. I did enjoy it and I plan to read the next one to see how it is. Since it's the month of June, it's an appropriate mystery to read. The setting is nice in Minnesota, and I have a friend who lives there, not too far from Duluth, so I will relay the informaton about this book series on to her.
I was fooled by whodunit, though. Mystery readers should at least try this book.
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It all sounds just peachy, that is until Jeff is found on the floor of the library with a bullet through his head. Mira decides to do some investigating herself, especially when the local police chief doesn't really seem to be pulling all the stops out. Battle Lake may seem all nice and cosy, but there is a lot going on beneath the surface, and Mira finds herself shocked to find grudges and nuttiness wherever she seems to look. With a surreal party of geriatrics and anonymous warnings to keep away from the case, will Mira really get to the bottom of who killed Jeff, and why?
This is a humorous tale with some really weird sexual shenanigans that I personally think is aimed more at the female market than most of these types of books, although so saying I did enjoy this. If you want a good little mystery that won't tax you too much, with some good humour thrown in, then this will do the job. Mira James returns in the next novel, June Bug (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 2): A Murder-by-month Mystery .
It was a reasonable enough read. The character, Mina was nice enough, although a little too "brave" at times. I'm not sure what small town America is like, but I thought it a bit too much that she knew everyone in town within a month.
I would read another by this author, but not at this price.