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October Fest (The Murder-By-Month Mysteries) Paperback – May 8, 2011
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"Lourey has cleverly created an entertaining murder mystery with the most unlikely murder accomplice ever. Her latest is loaded with humor, and many of the descriptions are downright poetic."
-Booklist, starred review --05/15/11
"With snappy jokes and edgy dialog, Lourey brings a Gen-X tone to a traditional mystery. The classic romance setup and her effective handling of eldercare issues enhance a clever plot. More spunky than sweet; get started on this Lefty-nominated series if you've previously missed it."
-Library Journal, starred review --04/01/11
"The story is funny, ribald and brimming with small-town eccentrics."
-Kirkus Reviews --02/15/11
About the Author
Jessica (Jess) Lourey is best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing "a splendid mix of humor and suspense." A tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, Jess lives in Minneapolis with her family. Salem's Cipher, the first book in her thrilling Witch Hunt series, hits stores September 2016. You can find out more at www.JessicaLourey.com.
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In October Fest, she's sent to cover a local political debate when a murder goes down. The murdered man wrote a scathing blog on one of the candidates. Instantly she's hooked and begins investigating, when another death occurs. As the body count rises, Mira is up to her eyeballs in suspects, her own confusing love life (or lackthereof), trying to thwart the upcoming nuptials of her 80+yr old best friend Mrs. Berns to some lowlife, plus deal with problems from her past and present.
Ms. Lourey just gets better and better with each book and October Fest raises her game to a new level. In addition to the trademark humor and colorful characters, she's showing more depth which only adds to its appeal. Just when you think you have a pretty good idea from book to book where Mira and crew are headed, there are subtle hints that things may go in a completely different direction. It's an intriguing hook that has me looking forward to the next one.
Maria meets a blogger that is very much against Glokkman and writes a critical blog about her. The next day, he's dead! Maria just happens to be staying in the same hotel as the blogger and her interest is piqued. She begins to investigate and suddenly there are more suspects than she can keep up with.
While all this is going on, Maria is dealing with her best friend's--an older lady, Mrs. Berns'--love life. Mrs. Berns is getting married and Maria doesn't like the man one bit, not to mention he is a suspect in all of this!
Quirky and entertaining to the last page, this book is a fun cozy mystery.
Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine