In Banana Cream Pie Murder , the 21st novel in the series, bakery owner and sleuth extraordinaire Hannah Swensen returns from a dreamy honeymoon only to find herself in the thick of a murder investigation. Was the murder a random act, as the police believe, or was something more sinister at play? Garden of Lamentations Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series 17 , by Deborah Crombie A beautiful young nanny is found murdered in a private garden in a quiet neighborhood, sparking an investigation into a case that hits particularly close to home in different ways for Det. Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Det.
Gemma James. Mar 01, Tammy Ingham rated it it was ok. This book lacks continuity; most especially regarding the heroine's name. In the first chapter she is introduced as Deidre F. Lancaster, her middle name being Foxtrot, while near the end of the book she explains that Foxtrot is a nickname bestowed on her by her father- a reader can't help but to ask, which is it? Another scene describes Tiny her ghostly sidekick as having gone off on his own, only to have him make a reappearance on the next page in order to scout a room using his olfactory This book lacks continuity; most especially regarding the heroine's name.
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Another scene describes Tiny her ghostly sidekick as having gone off on his own, only to have him make a reappearance on the next page in order to scout a room using his olfactory senses, while no more than a few paragraphs later she is asked where he has disappeared to. It is very confusing for the reader.
Shame on the editors that didn't catch these mistakes. Overall I think the author has fabulous ideas but tried to integrate far too many into one plot line, making the book tiresome and convoluted. Not my favorite book and I won't be purchasing any more in the series. Feb 01, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: cozy-mysteries-animal-theme , animal-reading-challenge , cozy-reading-challenge.
This has got to be, one of the weirdest books I have ever read. I liked the main character Foxtrot. She was a strong character with a great sense of humor. The mystery was very interesting, I had no idea, until the very end, who had killed the victim. My over all dislike for this book was the paranormal story with the dead animals.
There was just too much of it and made the story bog down at times, which made the story just drag. Overall, I might give the second one a chance, just to see, what This has got to be, one of the weirdest books I have ever read.
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Overall, I might give the second one a chance, just to see, what happens between Foxtrot and all of these interesting characters in this series. Dec 06, Zoe rated it it was amazing Shelves: cozy-mysteries , humorous-mysteries , cozy-mysteries-featuring-pets , paranormal-mysteries. I've just finished reading A Taste Fur Murder , a wonderful and pretty original paranormal mystery. The idea of the talking dead animals really appealed to me and I loved the main protagonist, Foxtrot, a reliable assistant with a great sense of humor and a special bond with dead animals' spirits.
A clever plot and plenty of zaniness made the book pretty interesting. Finally, Topsy's story was heart-wrenching and indicative of the cruelty humans are capable of. The story's main message: love I've just finished reading A Taste Fur Murder , a wonderful and pretty original paranormal mystery. The story's main message: love conquers all.
Mar 06, Shelley Giusti rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed this book and the humor was great! Laugh out Loud Funny!!! May 18, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: fun-fluffy-reads , weird-but-good , favourite-series , favorites , cozies. So, when the first line of a book is: "Ever had a job that threatened to drive you straight into a loony bin? And this book absolutely lived up to its first line - I loved it!!
As cozy mysteries go, this one is more clever, more creative, and more unusual than the norm, and it has a "magical" aspect that not only takes things in an interesting direction, but adds that "secret ingredient" to take a read from "it was fine" to "I loved So, when the first line of a book is: "Ever had a job that threatened to drive you straight into a loony bin? As cozy mysteries go, this one is more clever, more creative, and more unusual than the norm, and it has a "magical" aspect that not only takes things in an interesting direction, but adds that "secret ingredient" to take a read from "it was fine" to "I loved it!
It's hard to really do this justice in a review without giving away too much and including spoilers, but I will give it a try. The setting is a blast!
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Being the executive assistant to a kooky bazillionaire obviously offers all KINDS of fun situations for our main character Foxtrot to navigate. Working on an estate that includes a pet cemetary [but not the Steven King kind. The case of characters is also eclectic and lots of fun. Rock stars, animal trainers, Olympic teenaged gymnasts - and those are just ZZ's guests.
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The other employees on the estate are their own kinds of quirky. Foxtrot is a delight! Nothing phases her, and her assistant skills are more than put to the test in this book's goings-on. I love this line about her approach to "handling" her boss: ". There's a ton of very clever humour woven into the story, and that is always a feature in a book that gets high ratings from me. Lines like: ". Again, without spoiling, it's hard to say too much.
But suffice it to say each of them is a character and filled with personality, both individually and together, and their interactions with Foxtrot are absolutely hilarious. One of my favourite moments in the book - and there were lots of them - was when we finally get the explanation for where the nickname Foxtrot for our intrepid heroine came from and what it means. It is super clever, and I loved it!! Overall, this is a cozy with a sort-of paranormal aspect.
It was a terrific read, and I will definitely read future books in this series.
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About Dixie Lyle. Did you think of the effect it would have on the rest of the kids? Have you ever stolen before? How did you feel when you first stole it? And now? What do you think your punishment should be? Prepare for the writing activity by first reviewing the form of a friendly letter and its five main parts: heading, greeting, body, closing and signature. On chart paper, model the writing of the following letter before they begin. Introduce it by saying that this is a Mea Culpa letter from the infamous Goldilocks to her parents. Discuss its components and ask them about the crime Goldilocks committed and how she seemed to feel about it after getting caught.
I'm sort of sorry I did it, but I really didn't think it was that big of a deal.
I was feeling so bored at home You never let me go out with my friends so I decided to take a walk and get some fresh air. I walked for a long time and I got so hungry. Believe me. I would have eaten anything at that point, even your zucchini stew, Mom.