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A Small Town Can Be #Murder Paperback – December 21, 2019
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You have all heard the story: big-city girl moves to small town and lives happily ever after. That’s not the forever-after Angel Delaight found when she moved to Whistle Stop, Minnesota. First her realtor is found dead in her new house, which is also rumored to be haunted. Then homeless animals began showing up at her door, along with a bevy of townspeople who seem to know what she is doing at all times. Not to mention a secret journal turning up during renovation, revealing more secrets hidden in this small community.
Will those secrets from the past put Angel’s life and those of her friends and family in danger? When the big-city girl meets a small town, it can be murder.
"Julie Seedorf captures the charm and character of a small town even if it means including a murder or two."
--Pat Dennis, author of Murder by Chance, Kill Me! My Husband's Retired, and Hotdish To Die For
"Excellent writing, great descriptions, and a good solid mystery. I'm sure there will be more mysteries to solve in Whistle Stop!"
--Sharon Mierke, author of Mabel Wickles Mysteries
"Multiple mysteries to solve in this fun new cozy series. No one captures small town better than Julie Seedorf! I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Whistle Stop."
--T.S. Owen, author, president of Twin Cities Chapter Sisters in Crime
About the Author
- Publisher : GrannyEdith (December 21, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 196 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0578605481
- ISBN-13 : 978-0578605487
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.45 x 9 inches
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A great start to a new series!
Life is a small town, there is nothing like it. Angel Delaight is about to learn all about it when she moves from Chicago to Whistle Stop, Minnesota. When her realtor is found dead in her new home not only the police arrive. Nope, a cacophony of Whistle Stop residents, a homeless pet or two or three, maybe even a ghost or two all find their way to Angel’s door. She is also surprised when her daddy shows up in town. When another dead body is found she becomes a firm believer that A Small Town Can Be #Murder!
Wow! Wow! Wow! I am used to and love Ms. Seedorf’s humorous cozy mysteries. While there is some humor in this story, this is truly a different fare from this author and as expected she truly excels.
Readers are introduced to a vast number of characters. They are all rich, unique and for the most part genuine and the dialogue fits the locale. What I really love is that Angel Delaight is a strong heroine that worked for her father’s construction firm before leaving Chicago. Having worked in the field myself I know how hard that can be. She is also a woman with a plan, and a vision and now finds herself wrapped in a murder investigation. The author has left plenty of room for character growth but her character development for this first book in a series is top-notch.
Also rare for the first book in a cozy series is a complex mystery but she has delivered that as well. Is the house haunted? You will have to read the story for yourself. Seedorf fills the book with action and twists. The story never lags, the pacing is absolutely perfect. I had a little niggling about the guilty party but how the story played out was a total surprise.
Whistle Stop is a great setting as is Angel’s Victorian home with all its nooks and crannies. I have always wanted to live in one of those unique painted ladies. It seems Angel has made a wonderful find. The author describes the home, yard, carriage house, and every place we visit in Whistle Stop “brilliantly”. I felt like I was on the scene with a bird’s eye view of all the happenings. This history of the town and places was fascinating. I really enjoyed the extra author’s notes.
A Small Town Can Be #Murder was so much more than I imagined when I read the synopsis. I truly escaped totally into this story. I already miss the characters and I am so excited about the continuation of this series. Thank you, Julie Seedorf! This is one of my Best Reads of 2020!
You have all heard the story: big-city girl moves to small town and lives happily ever after. That's not the forever-after Angel Delaight found when she moved to Whistle Stop, Minnesota. First her realtor is found dead in her new house, which is also rumored to be haunted. Then homeless animals began showing up at her door, along with a bevy of townspeople who seem to know what she is doing at all times. Not to mention a secret journal turning up during renovation, revealing more secrets hidden in this small community.
Will those secrets from the past put Angel's life and those of her friends and family in danger? When the big-city girl meets a small town, it can be murder. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Angel is a hard worker and she loves what she is doing. But the body of her realtor that she found puts a big wrench in her plans. Angel is also not prepared for small town life, and all that entails. She cannot get used to everyone knowing what’s going on and everyone giving their two cents worth. She will have to get used to it and find a killer if she is going to make Whistle Stop, Minnesota, her home. The other characters are quirky and add a lot to the story.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story right from the very beginning. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider, and the mystery was not easily solved.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Sky Bridge Publishing, and Bookfunnel, which I greatly appreciate.
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The plot is predictable enough but there are interesting subplots that lift it above the average cozy formula. Overall it's a very pleasant read and interesting enough to want to read the next.