Here is a country house murder mystery of sorts, for daughters and their mothers, and anyone else who wants to learn the correct way to eat a scone.
Violet has to prepare for her Home Economics assessment, but with a house full of guests and a lunatic sister playing detective, how will she ever get it done? And if the dog did not destroy her mother's cake, who did? Did she really see someone lurking down at the gatehouse? Which one is the bay tree, and what does nutmeg look like anyway? Should self-confessed teachers be allowed out into society?
All these questions must be answered before the weekend is over.
What a fun story!
This story opens in a picturesque murder house mystery, and a rather grumpy girl who doesn't want to deal with any of it, because she's got an assignment to finish. Instead, mysteries and questions pop up all around her, and she's only got a couple hours to answer them all.
Reminiscent of early Nancy Drew amateur sleuth novels, mixed in with a younger sense of humor and sense of innocence in a big world. The characters were all colorful and endearing, and the story was constructed very well, with a flow that kept a steady momentum toward the ending. I enjoyed the overall mystery of the cake and the dog, and the humor surrounding the entire debacle.
I had the pleasure of experiencing the audiobook version of this story, and found it very entertaining. My only complaint comes from this though, as the narrator seemed slightly mature for the character and plot she was working with. While she did a wonderful job, I think there was probably a better voice to fit Violet and her entertaining weekend. As is, it was still done very well, and I enjoyed listening to the story unfold.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in it - I doubt you'll be disappointed. I would also keep an eye on this author, as I'm sure he will produce more entertaining stories for our enjoyment in the future.
*I was given a complimentary audiobook edition of this book, from the author, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.
@Desert Rose Reviews
I really tried to like this story but alas, I could not. The two main characters rambled on and on until I was exhausted. It made it difficult to follow along too. The narrator however did an excellent job articulating the story and i would definitely check out other books she has worked on.
Being a child is hard, but growing up with a little sister can be downright annoyingly frustrating. J.P. Wright has a humorous, whodunit story...chalked full of sibling rivalry, child detectives, and mystery. The drama that unfolds within these pages will have readers laughing and shaking their heads in a knowing fashion.
Violet Tickham comes across a violent crime at the start of the book; someone has destroyed her mother's decadent and infamous Chocolate Cake! With only Marcus, their dog at the scene of the crime, her younger sister Tabitha comes in at that moment to suspect her of foul play. Now, with guests coming over for their mother's murder mystery party, a house full of guests may deter them from their important task. Violet has a Home Economics dish to make, which she has no idea where to find some of the ingredients and doesn't let her mother know about the assignment until much too late...all because of her having to watch her snooty, little sister! Tabitha has designated herself detective on the case! She secretly knows that her sister didn't do it, but likes to goad her into thinking she did for the pure enjoyment of getting under her sister's skin. She is determined to find out who did destroy the cake and get to the bottom of the mystery once and for all.
Wright has an interesting take on murder mystery, while the narrator was very entertaining and brought a lot of life to the story. This is classified as a cozy, but does have a somewhat satirical sentiment, based on the thoughts and emphasis of two young sisters. The pace is very quick and the vocal portrayal is superb. If you are a reader of cozy mystery and satire, you may want to try this one out.
A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Home Economics for Girls or the Tabitha Tickham and the Cake Crisis by J.P. Wright, narrated by Claire M James.
Looking at this synopsis, I thought this sounded awfully close to a cozy mystery. I cannot get enough cozy mysteries now, so even though it sounds a little young, I was up to try it.
Boy was I in for a surprise. This could be thought of as young but it is adorable. From go I was hooked. Told in two points of view from sisters that are in a rivalry, of course because aren't all siblings, this whodunit was stick to your ears fantastic. The narrator, Claire M. James, did a wonderful job with the voices and did so well that you could almost think there were two narrators. I loved all of her voices but especially the mother's. Although we do not get the mother's point of view, and honestly it isn't really needed. By the end the reader knows enough of what is happening to see that although the mother is quite harried, she also knows quite a bit about what is going on in her household. As all mothers do!
The girls were hilarious. Their banter back and forth was worth every minute. These two can bicker for ages, but just like sisters, don't say a word against the other sister or you'll be in for it. Again, siblings are weird like that.
The case was of a cake that fell out of the window. Violet was at the scene of the crime, although it is in her pov so of course the reader understands, but Tabitha, or Kitty, will not let her live it down that she is a suspect and will remain a suspect until the culprit is found IF it is not Violet! Kitty's tenacious ability to be not only in Violet's face but everyone's is hilarious and a bit annoying. She is a detective on the case and plans to solve it come hell or high water!
By the end I was a fan of both girls, although being a big sister myself I can feel for Violet much more than Kitty. The audio was wonderfully done and the narration, and plot, kept me on the edge of my seat. Again, this was simply adorable! And I was able to listen while painting so it kept my mind off of the menial, and quite boring, task!
In short: Fabulous cozy mystery. I plan to buy this for my niece straight away!
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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