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Death of a Domestic Diva (Stain-Busting Mystery #1)

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Need something troublesome and unsightly eliminated permanently?
Call Josie Toadfern!There is no stain on Earth that laundromat owner Josie Toadfern can't conquer, and she's offered to share her expertise on world famous domestic doyenne Tyra Grimes's TV show. No one is more shocked than Josie herself when the Great Grimes shows up in Paradise, Ohio, to tape a segment in Jo
Mass Market Paperback, 261 pages
Published April 2003 by Avon Books
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I wish I could put my finger on why I didn't become attached to this book or the characters. The central characters -- Josie, Winnie, Owen, Guy, Billy, even Chief John Worthy -- are the kinds of characters I normally enjoy encountering in a cozy mystery. And it's not like they were flat or uninteresting. The character of Tyra Grimes the Domestic Diva was a bit over the top, but not unrealistically so. I just really did not bond with anyone or with the story line.

As mysteries go, it was pretty we
Julie Mink
I love cozy mysteries and usually read them right through. This book was good but for some reason it did not hold my attention for long periods of time. I have the next book in the series in my too read stack but did not have the urge to grab it right away when I finished this one.
My aunt recommended this to me as a "fluff" read. It was a fun read. It takes place in a small town and is told from the viewpoint of a laundramat owner and self proclaimed "Stain Expert". When a Martha Stewart-like character comes to town the mystery starts unfolding and it's up to Josie to figure it all out. It's an easy, quick read and the small town characters become very enduring. I have continued to read the remaining 5 Josie Toadfern novels and have equally liked all of them.
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This was a fun little mystery. The heroine, Josie Toadfern (in my mind I kept thinking it was Treefern) runs a laundromat (her motto - always a leap ahead of dirt!) in small, rural Paradise, Ohio. I think that everyone in the town was just a few cents short of a dollar, if you know what I mean. This made it amusing - along with her problems with her hair and her cousin Billy's Cut-N-Suck machine. Liked her "stain-buster" column at the end of the book too.
Overall this was a good start to the series. I don't feel that the book dragged on but the first murder was quite a ways in and by the second one there was hardly any book left to solve the crime and yet the ending really didn't seem rushed, not sure how she did it.
Laundromat owner Josie Toadfern runs into dirty mischief
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