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War and Peas (Jane Jeffry Mysteries, No. 8) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
Jane, the main character, and her best friend Shelley are doing volunteer work at a museum. The museum's main focus is peas because the founders were pea growers. At the gift shop, there are pea t-shirts, pea jumpropes, etc.
There is a murder or two. And some very interesting things that happen along the way. Jane and Shelley are mystified, but they are determined to figure it out.
I love museums and history, so needless to say, I enjoyed the setting. Unlike some of the other books in this series, very few scenes were at Jane's and Shelley's houses; most of the action took place in the museum.
This book took a very interesting twist at the end. I was surprised.
This book is exactly that, a mystery filled with terrific humor.
As the story opens, Jane and Shelley are in the hot sun, crossing a field during a Civil War re-enactment. The conditions for both women are very uncomfortable, but not as uncomfortable as it is for the woman who is dead.
This re-enactment is part of the celebration sponsored by the Snellen museum. The Snellen museum is dedicated to peas, farming and local lore.
The dead woman was the director of the Snellen museum. And the suspect list is filled with people connected to the museum. Although Regina Parker was generally well liked, it is apparent that there may have been people who were not so fond of her.
The story is well plotted and things move along in an interesting manner. Each new event gives the reader more information about the people and events of the story. Ms Churchill has provided humor along with the plot. There are situations which provide the reader with laugh out loud moments.
Jane and Shelley are terrific women. They are smart women who devote time to good causes and that is what has brought them to the museum. While at the museum helping catalog items, they also spend time doing some detecting. Both of them want to find out who would murder a good woman like Regina Parker.
The secondary characters are fun and interesting people who add depth the story. Since each of them is a possible suspect, their personalities and actions add interest for the reader.
I must admit there were parts of the solution I had figured out before I got to the end.
This is another fun book by Jill Churchill and as always, I had a terrific time.
"War and Peas" is an enjoyable, yet somewhat light cozy mystery. The book gets off to an interesting start with the Civil War reenactment and having the murder take place during the battle is a great touch since it provides plenty of suspects. Having the novel set around a pea festival and a pea museum is a very funny touch and not meant to be taken seriously by readers although the characters in the book are serious about it. There is a nice gentle sense of humor throughout the book with a few laugh out loud moments - one involving notes Jane's children leave her and when Jane cleans out her car. At this point in the series (this is the eighth book in the series) Jane is a fully developed and rich character as are the supporting characters in the book. The mystery is well written and well plotted and readers will have fun trying to figure out who the murderer is.
"War and Peas" is another nice cozy mystery by Jill Churchill.
The title is awfully clever and cute, referring to the setting of the mystery: a pea museum and Civil War reenactment.
I suspect I'd have liked the book more if I'd read more than just one other book in the series--if I'd already known the cast of characters and looked forward to spending time with them again. Unfortunately, the characters weren't developed enough in this particular volume of the series to make me care about them.
The story did have potential--the pea museum's director is murdered during a Civil War reenactment, in front of scores of witnesses, none of whom saw anything suspicious.
But the solving of the mystery consisted of Jane Jeffry, the series protagonist, periodically speculating with other characters about who might have killed her and why. There's no gathering of clues, no gradual unfolding of the plot. The solution, when it's presented, comes completely out of left field with no foreshadowing, the motive not even so much as hinted at throughout the story.
And there was zero reason given for the bizarre method of the second murder, which was the last straw. Not that I'd intended to seek out more books in this series before that, but at that point, I wasn't just disappointed, I was mad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Keep your books coming Jill! They keep me on my toes. I don't even want to go to the back of the book first to see whodunit, I want to read the storyline from beginning to end.Published on May 21, 2013 by rose Sterling
Cozy mystery series usually have a general theme. Jane's a stay at home mom who participates in the PTA and has preformed volunteer work numerous times during the series. Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Jennifer Sicurella
The opening scene in this # 8 in the Jane Jeffry series caught me off guard, as it set Jane and Shelley (modern-day, Chicago-suburb-housewives) back in time as heavy-skirted... Read morePublished on October 17, 2006 by Linda G. Shelnutt
For what it is, I believe War and Peas is fine. With a light plot, pseudo-interesting, under-developed characters, and an interesting setting, it fills its job description. Read morePublished on July 7, 2004
I'm a sucker for titles that make me groan, and I've liked other light mysteries by this author, so I knew about what to expect. Read morePublished on January 1, 2003 by Jeanne Gibbs
The best thing about this book is the title. Jane Jeffry and Shelley Nowack are not interesting characters and the action drags. Read morePublished on July 18, 2000 by watzizname
How does Jill Churchill come up with the ideas for her stories? It amazes me that each of her books is always so fresh and original. Read morePublished on June 23, 2000 by N. Sausser
Unlike the other reviewers, I thoroughly enjoyed War and Peas. The museum setting, and the "historical" opening worked wonderfully, and the psychological twist added... Read morePublished on May 26, 2000 by Julieanne