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Murder Talks Turkey (Gertie Johnson: Yooper Mysteries #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  314 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
It's spring in Michigan's Upper Peninsula an exciting season of rising temperatures, budding romances, and the turkey-hunting opener. But for sheer adrenaline value, neither love nor turkeys can compete with the Credit Union being held up at gunpoint. It's not the best planning to commit a robbery in a town where everyone is armed for combat, and the gunman is shot dead in ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by D.B. Publishing (first published 2008)
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Jul 12, 2008 Karol rated it it was amazing
Murder Talks Turkey: A Yooper Mystery by Deb Baker is a thoroughly enjoyable tale. I feel the author has hit a home-run with this one. I've always enjoyed quirky characters, and "Turkey" clearly has an abundance of those. To me, this series feels like "Murder She Wrote" meeting "Northern Exposure". (I was a big fan of both!)

I've read all three of the Yooper series mysteries now and I'm hoping for a 4th. In this one, the characters are a bit more developed and we see Gertie's attitude softening s
Apr 22, 2013 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Spring in Upper Michigan (Yooper) means TURKEY HUNTING TIME!!! and not all the blinds are being used for hunting. Of course when the local credit union is robbed at gunpoint no one is talking about turkeys. Why would you plan a robbery in a town where everyone is armed and ready? The plan falls apart when the gunman is shot dead but somehow the money is still missing.

“Faster than you can say “Tom Turkey,” Gertie, Cora Mae, and Kitty are on the case, in this hoot of a whodunit.”

Dollycas’s Thought
Mary Welk
Jul 18, 2013 Mary Welk rated it really liked it
Gertie Johnson is minding her own business, just waiting in line at the Stonely Credit Union, when a young man wearing orange gym shoes walks in and holds up the bank. A quick-thinking teller hits the alarm button and, within minutes, acting-sheriff Dickey Snell and his deputies surround the bank. The robber is shot dead, but neither the cops nor the bank patrons claim responsibility for his death. So who shot the robber? And why is his pillowcase full of play money instead of the real stuff? Wi ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Gail rated it it was amazing
I just love Gertie Johnson! Seems like trouble follows her everywhere she goes. She reminds me of the older version of Stephanie Plum. I love the adventure in the UP of Michigan. This is a great series and I loved every minute of the book!
Feb 25, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Gertie knows how to find trouble, but she also knows how to puzzle her way out of it. She takes me for a festive ride.
Paige Bennett
Aug 23, 2013 Paige Bennett rated it it was amazing
I just love Gertie Johnson!
Mariann Lawrence
Love Gertie Johnson

This series has been one of the best for me! Its a fast paced, FUNNY murder mystery that keeps you giggling and guessing whodunnit up to the end!! Can't wait to dread more by this author
Feb 21, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This is another great book by.Deb Baker. I just Gertie and her coherts in fighting crime. In this book, they was in the credit union, then a guy with orange shoes held up the place. The teller set off the silent alarm, then when the sirensgot close in someone shot the robber . But, when everyone was at the dance, Someone shot the shooter, with the gun that Gertie hide in her truck. Gertie & her friend from the body. I let you read the story to find out what happen. It will make you laugh won ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Gizzard rated it liked it
Shelves: x2012
This was a low three. It was pretty preposterous. I like the characters and enjoy the UP stuff (went to college in the UP). The action in this one was over the top and unbelievable and Gertie should have pretty much been in jail for the rest of her life after all of the laws she broke in this book. Last I checked catching a killer and solving a crime doesn't offset grand theft auto, breaking and entering, impersonating a law officer and jailbreak (and I think there were a few more.) I'll keep re ...more
Jul 16, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
I'm very said that this is the last book in this series. Again I laughed out loud frequently by the escapes of Gertie and her friends. I was waiting for her love life to pick up with George and thats why I jumped right in to this one. It took over 40 pages before we saw any sign of him. It did get interesting after that. I think she needs to flesh out her peripheral characters a little more. She mentions them and does a little interacting but you never find out very much about them. All in all a ...more
Lynn Demsky
Jan 30, 2012 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing
Gertie Johnson is minding her own business, standing in line at the bank when it gets robbed. From her position on the floor, Gertie watches as a gunman on the roof of a nearby building shoots the bank robber dead. She quickly decides that she and the other members of her Trouble Buster Investigative Company (all single women in their later years) need to help their hapless sheriff solve the case. These books are really an enjoyable, laughable hoot! great read!
Rob Jarrad
Aug 27, 2013 Rob Jarrad rated it it was amazing
I love Gert and friends. It makes the UP come alive for me as I've never been there but I feel like I have, thanks to Deb and family! Read Passes the Buck and ordered the others I haven't gotten to. I can hardly wait to finish this one. I laugh along with Gert and friends and she makes being older not so bad. With her on duty, the cops might just as well deputize Gert or just get out of the way.
Book 3 in the Yooper Mysteries

It's turkey hunting season - for both types of turkeys - the animal and human.

The story starts out with a bank robbery where Monopoly money is taken from the bank's vault. Why was there fake money in the vault and why did the thief take that instead of real cash?

Blaze's gun is found at one of two crime scenes. Problem is the gun had been in Gertie's possession.

This one wasn't my favorite -- wasn't as funny as the other two in this series.
Sue Ross
Nov 04, 2012 Sue Ross rated it it was amazing
Murder talks turkey is yet another great Gertie Johnson book. This time she and her gang were really in hot water. It made me laugh, cry, and even warmed my heart. I can't wait to read the next one in the serie although I think I'm reading them out of sequence. I love this series. Deb Baker draws you into the story. You can feel the cool UP weather, smell the scents of the forest and if you listen very closely you might be able to hear a few turkeys gobble.
Oct 04, 2013 Terri rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading Deb Baker stories and I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Looking forward to the rest of the series. However, I read it on my Nook and have to say there were a lot of typos plus the words then and than were used incorrectly several times. So I would recommend a new proof reader.
Stephanie Thode
Mar 19, 2013 Stephanie Thode rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook, read-in-2014
I think this is the best book of the series so far. I really enjoyed seeing Gertie come into her own, rather than pulling the stunts she pulled in the first and second book. This was a more serious tale, with some fun thrown in. I'm glad Blaze wasn't always on her case. I hope the next book keeps going in this direction.
Mahree Moyle
Apr 20, 2014 Mahree Moyle rated it it was amazing
I went Deb Baker crazy and bought all her books. I’m from the Michigan, UP and can so relate to her stories. She is funny and knows how to write. I love her characters. I can picture each one of them, which I love when I’m reading. She keeps you reading. I would recommend her books to anyone that enjoys reading.
Sue Wargo
Nov 18, 2013 Sue Wargo rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This has been on the TBR pile for a while. Judging by the receipt in the book it's been sitting to be read for 4 yrs. I really enjoyed the folksy story which is set in the northern Michigan peninsula known as the UP. Characters are well developed. This is a few books into the series but I was able to follow the plot and relationships without a lot of backstory. I'd definitely read more of these.
Jul 03, 2008 lynn rated it liked it

Murder talks turkey:

a zany murder mystery..a bank robbery..the robber is killed and the bag of money is monopoly money...however there is lots of money missing..looks like a inside job..perhaps.. more people are murdered and there seems to be a connection with orange sneakers...what's the deal??? three older women take on the task of finding the real book
Jan 14, 2016 Sheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoy this series and the quirky characters. They are quick, fun reads.

My only issue with the book is the perception given that Gertie is old, or borderline elderly, at the age of 66. This bugs me for some reason.

May 02, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
for anyone who enjoys a fun murder book these books set in the UP of Michigan are fun. If you are familiar with the people in this area they are AWESOME! she gets the whole UP lifestyle!
Apr 05, 2011 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A catchy murder mystery set in the Upper Penisula of Michigan. The characters are interesting, the storyline really creates the flavor of the UP which is an area we enjoy for its uniqueness!
Dorothy Timm
Oct 04, 2015 Dorothy Timm rated it really liked it
a pretty enjoyable cozy. I loved that there were quirky characters, and no last minute revelation to solve the mystery.
Joe O'c
Very Good; Continuing character: Gertie Johnson; when the local bank is robbed (with Gertie and others in it) she works on solving the crime - before she gets the blame
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Bestselling, award-winning author Deb Baker writes the hilarious Gertie Johnson mystery series set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A native Yooper herself, Deb brings her blend of humor and sass to everything she writes, including mysteries written under her pen name Hannah Reed.

In addition to the Yooper mysteries, Deb/Hannah also penned a doll collecting series, beekeeping mysteries, and a Scottis
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Gertie Johnson: Yooper Mysteries (6 books)
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