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Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
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Jul 14, 10

bookshelves: book-count-2010, mystery
Read in July, 2010

With a cast of wacky characters and a small-college-town backdrop, Maid of Murder isn't your typical murder mystery (at least, not the kind that I generally read). In fact, it felt more like watching a wacky murder mystery TV show like Psych than like reading an Agatha Christie novel.

India Hayes works at the library at a small liberal arts college in the middle of Ohio. When her childhood friend Olivia returns to get married, India is coerced into being a bridesmaid and will have to wear an incredibly hideous gold dress. As if that weren't enough, India's brother, Mark, has to declare his unrequited love for the bride-to-be (and he's not the groom) in the most embarrassing way possible. The very next day, Olivia is found dead and suspicion falls squarely on the unfortunate Mark. It's up to India, hampered by a wacky family, small town rivalries and a pair of violent cats, to clear her brother's name and find the real killer...

This book is a first novel, and in a few spots it shows. But overall, the plot moves along at a good pace, and the entertainingly crazy characters keep things exciting. This is a great "summer vacation" book.
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