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Murder On The ICW (Magnolia Mysteries #5)
"The mix of old and new continues to intrigue Wilmingon, North Carolina, historic preservationist Ashley Wilkes, especially with the discovery of a decades-old murder. The skeletal remains of a Prohibition-era federal agent are found buried beneath the rubble of an old moonshine operation in a hunting lodge Ashley plans to renovate. But this mysterious bit of history ...more
(first published April 1st 2006)
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I enjoy this cozy series set in Wilmington, NC. However, I had difficulty getting through this one, it was boring for the most part. Too much architecture, too much history, too much romance. The mystery parts were good but I felt as though it was put on the back burner to allow for too many chapters about moonshine, antique bottles, and Italian architecture. Honestly, I skimmed through those parts just to get to the meat of the mystery. I did enjoy the mystery and I felt as though the culprit ...more
This was a bland mystery book about two sisters and their adventures. Several murders ensue, and Melanie is a suspect in the first. Ashley Wilkes--wasn't that the name of a character in Gone With the Wind--started out by finding a decades old skeleton on a site that she and her partner were restoring. Who is the killer, and why is he or she killing off people in this community? Both Ashley and Melanie are beautiful, of course, and have men panting after them. One other character is named Scott ...more
Historical preservationist Ashley has enough problems, as her marriage is imploding and her handsome business partner makes it clear that he's interested. But when her big sister Melanie, a man magnet, is found with the dead body of one of her former beaus, Ashley must help out. Arrested for the first murder, Melanie is released on bail and almost killed before being found with a second dead body. The handsome executive who loves Melanie teams up with Ashley and her new love interest to ...more
While I like this series I really wish someone who knows English would edit these books! You GRIP someone's hand, not "gripe" and NONE of them have alibis, not "done." There are more bad editing errors when distract from the storyline. As usual it was a good story, despite the bad editing in the early part of the book. Ashley has finally started to move on in her life and her sister appears to finally be growing up. Wish there was more to the historic renovation parts of the book.
This was almost as much a romance as a mystery. The mystery itself was a little bland, despite the body count, I thought the dialogue was a little forced, and the scenes and characters seemed a little overly described for my taste (the characters were too fashion-y, and the locations too cliched). I didn't really like it, but it was a fast read.
Sep 01, 2012 Lesley Looper rated it liked it
I liked the descriptions of the Wilmington area a lot, but thought this book was a lacking in mystery and heavy on the romance, making the title a bit misleading. Yes, there was murder, several of them, in fact. But they weren't really the main event in this installment. I'm sure I'll read more in this series, though, because I'm a sucker for North Carolina settings.
The mystery is good, the character changes of the two heroines a bit unbelievable. But, a "good read" for relaxation and enjoyment (although murder isn't ever particularly enjoyable, these take place "offscreen"). There's good suspense, too, but not a feeling of horror. All to the good.
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Magnolia Mysteries (10 books)