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Smoke: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery Paperback – July 2, 2012
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Kaye George is a twice-Agatha-nominated novelist and short story writer. She belongs to Sisters in Crime and Guppies. Her stories have been published separately and in several anthologies. She reviews for "Suspense Magazine" and blogs for a group blogs and a solo one. She and her husband live near Waco, Texas. Visit http://kayegeorge.com/ for more details.
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Even with suspected murder, there is humor at every turn, not the slapstick kind or the wisecracking snark of new, but good old-fashioned, subtle "Immy" speak that had me smiling often and laughing out loud more than once.
While reading the story, I was pleased to learn about potbelly pigs and bull riding. Both topics well researched and presented with an insider's knowledge.
The easygoing writing style is deceptive as Ms. George stays below the radar while spinning her tale of mayhem and deception. This is not a "Cozy" as I had expected. The scenes speed up quickly and the pace of the story makes it impossible to put down.
What's up next? Broke: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery.
Immy takes Marshmallow the pig to the vet for his shots and a check-up. She finds out that Gretchen the pig has accidentally been killed. Amy JoBeth has taken to the tornado shelter - she is devastated by the loss of her favorite pig. While this has been happening, half the town has come down with food poisoning. Could it possibly be from eating Jerry’s Jerky? Immy decides to investigate. She heads to Jerry’s Jerky and finds no one there. So she heads to the house and finds owner - Tinnie Bucket sick and Rusty Bucket missing. It bothers Immy that the door to the smokehouse is open. Being a wannabe PI and nosy person, Immy goes and takes a look. She is really sorry she did. She finds a dead Rusty hanging from a hook and the body of Gretchen the pig. Things do not look good for Amy JoBeth – she is arrested for Rusty’s murder at her own wedding shower.
Things to ponder: Why did health inspector shut down Jerry’s Jerky? Was it really Gretchen’s body in the smokehouse? Where is the dead man’s wife?
This was a fun read. I found myself laughing out loud while reading this delightful book. I love the small town feel the author has given the story. It makes you want to pay a visit to Saltlick, TX and hang out with Immy and her family and friends. The story is well – plotted and it quickly became a page turner. I needed to find out whodunit. So if you like your mystery with cute kids and George Clooney’s favorite animal, then you should be reading Smoke.
FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
All of the characters seem to live up to their wildly colorful names. And Immi, as friends and family call her, is certainly a character. Barely out of her teens, she's a single mom with a four year old daughter, a job she's hanging onto, living in a backwater Texas town, and has aspirations, or as my grandmother would say, gumption--she wants to become a private investigator.
You would think Immi is fooling herself, wouldn't you? She should be taking secretarial courses, or nursing, or something useful. Ha! Ms. Goerge does a great job of convincing readers that they should root for Immi and her heartfelt desire to solve crimes and become a P.I. I know I sure did.
There's laughter, red-herrings that throw her (and us) off the right track, but Immi prevails in a way that made me want to hug her, which I think would surprise her, as she doesn't seem to think she's anything special.
And that, my friends, is the beauty of a really good author. Someone whose deft writing makes you want to live around the corner so you can catch up on the characters.
I sure hope there will be more of Imogene Duckworthy (who makes me smile) for some time to come.