- Series: Appalachian Adventure Mysteries
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Ingalls Publishing Group (November 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932158847
- ISBN-13: 978-1932158847
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,985,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perfect for Framing (Appalachian Adventure Mysteries) Paperback – November 1, 2008
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Once more, Maggie Bishop delivers a thrilling whodunit, peppered with lovable characters and set against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains of North Carolina. Packed with breath-taking action and nail-biting suspense, with a twisting plot that guarantees constant speculation, this is one book that will have readers quickly turning pages, eager to find out what happens next. Highly recommended.
The illustrations in the book add a surprisingly nice dimension to the story and an authentic look at the locale. [As a little insider tidbit: the cover photo is a house Maggie knows well -- she and her husband lovingly built it, piece by piece. That's what she does when she's not hiking the mountains or writing murder mysteries.] Maggie knows whereof she writes, and it shows.
Who wouldn't love a book that has folks who go to UFO meetings, vicious battles between property owners, romance, and even Elvis [who is, incidentally, a real person ... but you need to either live in Boone or read the book to know him]? Oh, and don't forget murder. It has all the good stuff!
A woman with zero popularity is found dead and, of course, the list of suspects is long. Jemma Chase, who loves a mystery and happens to be dating the detective on the case, finds herself smack in the middle of the adventures. Not only does she love searching out clues, she is a talented carpenter/cabinet-maker and photographer to boot. She gives new meaning to the word Renaissance woman.
Perfect for Framing (An Appalachian Adventure Mystery) is a cozy, sometimes humorous story that hooks the reader, even as the clues begin piling up. But just when I thought I had it all figured out, a new clue would surface and I would end up back at square one.
Sprinkle in a cast of quirky and homey characters that make up the membership of the Property Owners' Association, and you not only have a list of potential killers but possibly the guest list for your next neighborhood party. Even when you're considering that many of these people could have killed the victim, you find yourself hoping against their guilt because they're all so likeable...well, most of them, anyway!
This book is one in a series with some of these characters, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Five stars for this read!
High Country Publishers/Ingalls Publishing Group
In Perfect for Framing, Maggie Bishop brings back Jemma Chase, the engaging heroine of Murder at Blue Falls, and Tucker (whose first name appears to be Detective), one of Bishop's most romantic heroes--intelligent, sympathetic, and gorgeous--a refreshing change from the stereotypical police detectives in this genre of mystery).
This time, carpenter/photographer/dude-ranch trail-boss/CSI-hopeful Jemma becomes entangled in the murder of the power-abusive President of a nearby property owners' association. Naturally, Jemma's involvement is both a distraction and a delight forDetective Tucker.
As a victim, Petula Windsor is perfect for killing. As suspects, the subdivision's resentful property owners would throw a barbecue celebrating Petula's death if they dared. In the first paragraph, Jemma hears one property owner say her death "might be a relief to a lot of us."
Readers who know Bishop's work, however, also know better than to jump to conclusions. Perfect for Framing turns and twists like ski tracks on Sugar Mountain. In a masterful stroke, Bishop tucks the key to the mystery into a one-page prologue. No--I'm not giving anything away. If you reach the end, find the connection, and don't slap your forehead, it's likely because you're not the forehead-slapping sort.
Bishop's delightful cast of reality-based local characters round out the dramatis personnae.
Perfect for Framing is, in short, a delicious romance wrapped up in a brain-tickler of a mystery with a solution that can, in the end, be both frustrating and satisfying--frustrating because it's hard to unravel; yet satisfying, because when the solution is revealed, it feels inevitable.
Find yourself a cat or two, a comfy couch, and some time alone, then settle in for a story that is as deftly crafted as Jemma's cabinetry, and entertaining as Tucker's bemusement when Jemma gets it right--again!