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Guns and Roses: A Modern Mystery Set in Colonial Willamsburg (Roxanne Prescott #1)

3.05  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Colonial Williamsburg turns deadly. Strange things are happening on the History & Gardens of Virginia Tour. Are they odd misadventures? Harmless pranks? Or does somebody have murder in mind? Would-be tour guide Roxanne Prescott may not know how to mollify miffed tourists, but when 'accidents' start happening to her group, this former policewoman has all the skills nece ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Perseverance Press (first published 2000)
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Jun 04, 2008 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 2008
I thought the book would take place in Williamsburg, and the amateur detective would be one of the re-enactors. But it's really about a tour group of rich people who are looking at gardens around Williamsburg.

Nobody dies until 3/4 of the way through. The mystery is fairly easy to figure out.

Not at all what I expected. That's not so much a bad thing, I guess, but it was a bit of a letdown. My preconception was a better idea.

#1 in the Roxanne Prescott series. Finalist 2000 Agatha Award for Best Novel and Finalist 2001 Macavity Award for Best Novel. Roxanne, on leave from the Austin, TX PD, is working as a tour guide for her aunt.
Despite an interesting setup,and some interesting characters and situations, the novel feels disjointed. The mishaps that take place on the Colonial Virginia tour feel episodic and having the characters (there are 15 people on the tour)do their own first person exposition is confusing. By th
Mark Baker
Mar 07, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2001
A tour to Colonial Williamsburg runs into trouble when a series of strange accidents ends in murder. A fun mystery that uses multiple viewpoints well to tell the story.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Sep 21, 2011 Joanna rated it it was ok
I read this as a fun way to get familiar with Williamsburg before vacationing there. The writing and storytelling were mediocre.
Oct 15, 2014 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Mystery set during tour of Virginia battlefields and Williamsburg.
Good itinerary.
Started with pranks, then someone is killed.
Pretty good.
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Agatha Christie territory, it's a very by-the-numbers mystery. Guess I was in the mood.
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Eileen Emily Cannon aka Emily Toll

Taffy Cannon is the author of thirteen mysteries, including Guns and Roses (2000), which was an Agatha Award nominee and Macavity Award Best Novel nominee, and Blood Matters (2007), winner of the Best Mystery/Thriller in the San Diego Book Awards. Anyone who has ever had difficulty with a health insurance company will appreciate “Instant Karma,” her short story in
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