Not a review. These notes are for my own reference and may contain spoilers!
Reread on audio.
November Montpelier - steeplechase races Mim's horse wins thNot a review. These notes are for my own reference and may contain spoilers!
Reread on audio.
November Montpelier - steeplechase races Mim's horse wins the steeeplechase. Introduced to Chark (Charles) and Addy (Adelia) who work for Mim. Addy's new boyfriend, "Nigel", one of the jockeys is found murdered with a playing card (Queen of Clubs) left as a clue. New characters include Mim's barn cats, Roger Dodger and Pusskin (a "bimbo" kitty)
Regulars: Harry, Fair, Rick, Mrs. Hogendobber, Susan Tucker, Big Mim, Little Marilyn and of course Tee Tucker, Mrs. Murphy, and Pewter. Pewter finally gets to be in on the action in this book....more
3.5 It's cute, it's cozy, it's Christmas. Actions of the animals are not really believable, and the mystery is easily figured out before the end. Noth3.5 It's cute, it's cozy, it's Christmas. Actions of the animals are not really believable, and the mystery is easily figured out before the end. Nothing too taxing on the brain at a busy time of year! This is one of those series that I have fallen behind on, and plan to start over from the beginning. Not really great books, but if you like corgis and cats being heroes and other talking animals, and are in the mood for fluff, it has enough mystery and quirky characters to be entertaining.
Book Description: As Harry well knows, there’s hardly a place on earth cozier than Crozet, Virginia, at Christmastime. Snowflakes, carolers, it’s all picture-perfect until Harry and her husband, Fair, find the tree they’ve chosen grimly decorated with a corpse. The tree farm is run by the Brothers of Love, a semimonastic organization whose members live atop the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Now, as the season grows merrier, a murderer is growing bolder. One by one, prominent men of Crozet are being crossed off Christmas shopping lists and added to the morgue. And if Harry and her four-legged helpers aren’t very good–and very careful–this Christmas will be her last....more
I had a temp job with a mail-order company (Signals) about the same time this book was written, which brought back some memories. Read this for the smI had a temp job with a mail-order company (Signals) about the same time this book was written, which brought back some memories. Read this for the small town atmosphere and the day to day lives of the characters. The plot was okay, although there were incidents (the family cat) that didn't seem to have anything to do with the murder. In this case, it was just a contrivance to get Lucy into a dodgy part of town to get kittens, and add some social commentary. It wasn't bad over all and there were some nice humorous moments, but it wasn't enough to get me to read any farther in the series.
Book description: As if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband's gift, and making her daughter's angel costume for the church pageant weren't enough things for Lucy Stone's busy Christmas schedule, she's also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn't smell right....more
I just love books that feature the current Queen of England as a character. Although the idea of Her Majesty collaborating with a housemaid may seem iI just love books that feature the current Queen of England as a character. Although the idea of Her Majesty collaborating with a housemaid may seem improbably silly, it is all great fun. Jane is a plucky young Canadian taking a year off from school and staying with her great-aunt Grace in England. Short of cash, and not wanting to return home to Prince Edward Island, she gets a job in Buckingham Palace. The time period is a few years after the Queen's "annus horribilis" but before the death of Lady Diana. Lots of humor (footmen streaking naked through the palace), upstairs and downstairs intrigue, a film crew doing a documentary on life at the palace, and plenty of red herrings for Jane to sort through. I had fun searching for images of the various palace rooms on the internet to enhance my reading experience. These are books that I would reread, and I will definitely look for the others in the series. [Note: a much older Jane Bee, now married to a British aristocrat, also appears in the author's Father Christmas mystery series (Twelve Drummers Drumming, etc.)]
Book Description: (from book jacket) Jane Bee came to Europe for adventure, only to end up with the job of a lifetime -- housemaid at Buckingham Palace. Now her greatest challenge is removing gum from State Room carpets -- until she comes across a nasty accident right outside the Royal Apartments. The Queen Herself has -- literally -- stumbled across the dead body of Jane's good friend, footman and aspiring actor Robin Tukes, in what appears to be a suicide. But why would handsome, impetuous Robin, having just toasted his engagement to a gorgeous housemaid, not to mention his impending fatherhood, want to die? Buck House buzzes, but only Jane -- and the Royal Personage known belowstairs as "Mother" -- suspects foul play. At Her Majesty's behest, Jane launches a discreet inquiry that takes her from Servants' Hall to the highest echelons of the Palace. Yet the more Jane uncovers, the more clear it becomes that this latest royal scandal is a real killer.
Series info: Her Majesty Investigates #1 Death at Buckingham Palace ------------------------------- #2 Death at Sandringham House #3 Death at Windsor Castle...more