SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS (A Ginger Barnes Cozy Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Mrs Murray manages to write a "cosy" mystery without it being typical of the genre. By this I mean that the plot is not "treacle sweet" and the subject matters this author tackles are found in every society. This book deals with not only an "ordinary" murder but also with the plight of the elderly and the way they can be abused and misunderstood. Certain people in Ginger's neighborhood- including Ginger at first - have no idea of the lifestyle of the old, eccentric woman who lives in a nearby house surrounded by a tangled. eyesore of a garden. For various reasons, the neighbours are outraged at the prospect of their house values going down because of this one garden and house.
I enjoyed this book, so much so, that I immediately started the next in the series, and I have to say that that one didn't disappoint either!
A woman who has had a nasty divorce is accused of re-training her dog to attack her ex-husband and Ginger is not convinced.
As well as the murder, this novel deals with the horrible cruelty of dog-fighting and having said that, there is nothing to fear for the anxious reader as Mrs Barnes makes sure that the details described are minimal.
Again I enjoyed the intricate plotting and the great turns of phrase and even just a couple of words with which this author.There are funny moment as well as scary and sad.
Off to read the next one now and then - unfortunately - there will be a lull as Mrs Murray updates books 6 & 7. I read 8 (coming out very shortly) totally out of sequence so I really need to read all the previous ones.
The author writes well, her characters are economically drawn, and the plot contains sufficient mystery to justify its label. I am confident that many regular cozy readers will find this congenial reading
Ginger Barnes is a housewife who feels neglected by her husband - does it sound familiar? It is THE basis for practically all the plots for romantic movies/books. My hint for her: the poor guy busts his ass off to provide for his family of four; he really does not have time for anything else, how hard is it to understand?
A series of burglaries and vandalism suddenly stirs up the prosperous and somewhat snobbish community where Ginger lives. The police does the search for culprit without any enthusiasm knowing that according to statistics, only 16% of burglaries are solved (this is what the books says, is it really so?) When one of the burglaries turns to murder and the police efforts still remain minimal to non-existent, Ginger decides to conduct her own investigation.
At exactly this point the book stopped being mediocre and became very good. The mystery was very nice done with several seemingly unrelated things going on at the same time. I lost a couple of sleep hours trying to follow all the developments. Had this whole book been on the same level I would give it easy 5 stars, but it slowed down by the end somewhat.
My conclusion: 3 stars for the beginning, 5 stars for the middle, and 4 stars for the end. The average is 4 stars which is my final rating. I would not read the other books from the series right away, but I will at some point.