When Beauty Box beautician Tammy Smith is discovered with a pair of hair shears in her back, there are suspects and secrets aplenty in her small Southern town.
Octogenarian Myrtle Clover, bored by bingo and bridge, is intrigued by the crime...and her neighbors' secrets. But discovering, and blabbing, secrets got Tammy killed and Myrtle soon learns her sleuthing isn't just dangerous...it's deadly.
©2011 Elizabeth Spann Craig (P)2013 Elizabeth Spann Craig
This was a fun and entertaining cozy mystery. It's well written and flows at a quick pace. The characters are well developed and you feel you know them. I prefer the narrator from the previous book because she sounded more like a cranky old lady, but this narrator is also ok. I would recommend this book.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I enjoyed this cozy murder mystery on a recent road trip . . . just what I needed . . . at a time when a heavy, serious book just wouldn't have done . . . and Myrtle . . . oh, my goodness . . . does she ever make me smile . . . and laugh . . . she's been everyone's school teacher at one time or another in the small town of Bradley, North Carolina . . . where everyone knows everybody else's business . . . or so they thought . . . where the local Beauty Box salon and its owner, Tammy has long been the go to place for young and old alike to get their hair done, where they could get the latest "scoop" on what's going on, yet trust Tammy to keep their deepest secrets . . . until Tammy fell into the bottle . . . then all bets were off . . . and one by one, Tammy begins to spurt out those dirty little secrets . . . not to mention her hair styling skills have gone to h*** in a hand basket . . . seems she's ticked off one too many people . . . until one morning, when her body is found at the bottom of the stairs of her beauty shop with a pair of hair shears in her back . . . the local police know Tammy's been murdered, but aren't close to finding her killer . . . but with Myrtle . . . and sidekick, Miles on the case . . . things soon start to heat up . . . love . . . love . . . love, this feisty almost ninety-year-old crime stopper!
Everyone knows everyone in eighty something,Myrtle Clover's small southern town. Myrtle finds her excitement a little lacking these days. She has already inserted herself in her policeman son, Red's, last murder case. He worries about his mom and would like to see her in a safe assisted living home.
Unfortunately, there's another murder, the owner of the local beauty salon as become verbally abusive in her too frequently drunken states. So when she's found stabbed with her hairdressing sheers, at the bottom of her shop's stairs, there are a lot of potential suspects. Myrtle just wants to "chat" with the towns folks to "help" Red with his investigation. She and her male friend don't sleep well at night, and tend to roam around at odd hours too. Will this get her into trouble with the killer, or help her find a murderer?
Cute mystery with all typical townsfolk range from toddlers to the octogenarian; singles and married; flashy and totally prudish. Does life really begin after 60?
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
THIS A GREAT STORY BY ELIZABETH SPANN CRAIG. SO CLEVERLY WRITTEN AND NARRATED BY JEAN RUDA HABRUKOWICH. WHAT IS A SHAME IS THIS IS THE LAST BOOK OF THE SERIES FOR ME TO READ, WHICH IS DISTRESSING, AS IT GAVE ME MANY HOURS OF PLEASURE. I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS WILL BE THE LAST OF MYRTLE CLOVER, SHE IS WAY TO SMART AND CLEAVER CHARACTER TO LET DRIFT AWAY INTO THE MIASMA OF THE UNIVERSE. I THINK RAYMOND CHANDLER SAID IT BEST: "There is something about the literary life that repels me, all this desperate building of castles on cobwebs, the long-drawn acrimonious struggle to make something important which we all know will be gone forever in a few years, the miasma of failure which is to me almost as offensive as the cheap gaudiness of popular success."
SO, PLEASE ELIZABETH, MORE BOOKS OF MYRTLE SOON, PLEASE. I WILL BE WAITING.
There's hope for us 'elderlies'!
We can stay at home and puzzle out murders and the likes and solve them really well, especially if society has decided that we aren't employable because of our age. Actually I'm amazed at the number of elderly home-sleuths (for want of a better name) that are being written about in cozies of late. Some of the tales are really good, as was this one.
I know this is the 2nd book in this series and I should probably have started with the first one, but it wasn't a problem. It seems that each story is a stand-alone so that was ok.
Then besides the exciting plot and the way the author has laid everything out for one, the story itself was clever and most enjoyable.
I would happily read or listen to another in this series.
The performance was halted. You could hear her bump the table. Nothing like the narrator in the other stories which by the way is flawless and has a wonderful grumpy old lady voice. I wish they would contract the performers for the book series so the customer could enjoy consistency. Even if it is bad at least it would be consistent.
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