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Mimosas, Mischief, and Murder (A Mom Zone Mystery #6)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  265 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Super-organized Ellie Avery thinks she's prepared for everything when she and her family set off for an extended visit with her in-laws--clothes, books, and enough games and toys to entertain two stir-crazy kids on a six-hour drive. But the one thing she hasn't planned for is cold-blooded murder. . .As soon as Ellie and her husband, Mitch, arrive at his parents' gracious h ...more
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Published April 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried really hard when reading book #5 to not be so critical but now #6 has me going again.

Chapter 2. Ellie is stuck behind the crime scene tape at Mitch's grandfather's house while Mitch is allowed to go inside - despite the fact that the sheriff basically took his word that he was a relative without bringing another family memeber outside to substantiate that. when Mitch returns with aunt Christine, they immediately move into the van and take her home without Ellie asking what was going on.
Linda Rawlins
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ellie Avery and her husband plan for a visit with his family. Mitch is a military pilot with something on his mind. The kids, Nathan and Livvy, play like any kids on a long trip in the back seat. Upon arriving, they are surprised to hear that Grandpa Avery had just died. He was found, under suspicious circumstances, in his home. The family had planned for a week vacation and would now deal with a funeral instead. As the week progresses, strange things happen which lends more proof that Grandpa A ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was neither great nor awful. I don’t really know what to say about it, it kind of dragged at the start and I almost gave up on it but seeing as how it was only 262 pages I just used it for a light read for a day to relax. I love to read but the author almost pushed how important reading is a little too much bringing it up all the time, and the main character just seem to find trouble everywhere she went and I found it all to be a little farfetched.
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delight to settle into book six in the Ellie Avery Mystery series. In this outing, the Avery family is off to Mitch Avery's home town for a family visit. The quiet visit quickly diminishes when Mitch's grandfather is found dead just before their arrival. While the family is reeling from his death, Ellie suspects that there is more than meets the eye going on. And what is cousin-in-law Felicity up to what with sneaking into Grandpa Franklin's house and pilfering his belongings? Ellie's des ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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When Mitch and Ellie Avery show up in Alabama for a celebration and reunion, they are stunned to discover that Grandpa Avery has died suddenly.

While the death was seemingly from natural causes, some strange happenings convince Ellie, who loves to dabble in mysteries, that something is wrong.

A series of break-ins, a missing body and casket, some signs of digging in the cemetery, and still another death all add up to more than coincidence.

Then there are the sudden appearances of individuals who ar
Nora Peevy
Sara Rosett is a newly discovered author for me. Her female sleuth, Ellie Avery, is a lovable mother and crime solver. This cozy is just as good as Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles series. The only criticism I have is that I found Ellie Avery's organizational tips at the end of chapters jarred me from the story and didn't seem to really anything to my reading. In Mimosa's, Mischief, and Murder, Ellie Avery travels with her husband and children to visit relatives in Alabama, but their vacation ...more
May 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-alabama
Ellie, Mitch and the kids plan a short vacation with his parents in his hometown. But when they arrive, they learn that Mitch's grandfather has suddenly died. All the family is there, but Ellie is the only one who finds things suspicious. Why did the storm break a window in his house? Why did a strange man show up at the visitation? Why are the cherished letters Grandpa Franklin had received from a childhood friend, now a famous author, missing? And why is the family pulling strings to avoid an ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth in the series and I enjoyed it as much as all the ones that preceeded it. I worked for DoD for 36 years and I'm well aware of the hardships that military families endure so that their spouse, father, mother, whatever can serve our country. This is a great series that portrays a strong military family and I applaud Sara Rosett for showing this with grace and humor. Ellie Avery maintains a family, a personal business and an ability to assist police in solving murder mysteries. Th ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the better books in the series. Mitch and Ellie have traveled to Mitch's hometown only to discover Grandpa Franklin has died. There seems to be a lot of strange things happening at Grandpa Franklin's home and the police suspect some member of the family. We get to see more of Mitch's personality and character in this book. There were a few points I felt were unrealistic but I understand it was crucial to the plot. Livvy although just in second grade is reading "middle grade chapt ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the second in the Ellie Avery series that I have read. I must admit it that it took a bit to get into this story. Ellie, her husband Mitch, Nathan and Livy go to visit his family. Once they get there - they find out that Mitch's grandfather, Franklin, has died. The storyline looks at whether or not someone has murdered him or if it was nature causes. From there on out all the family members react to his death and the crazy things that take place once he has died. Some of the things that ...more
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series and Sara Rosett has continued to keep me interested in every book. As Ellie's Air Force husband has moved from base to base, she has continued to make a success of maintaining a family, a personal business and an ability to nose out information and assist the police in solving murders. Having worked as a civilian for DoD for 36 years, I appreciate the difficulties associated with military life and these books are a good portrayal of the best of military families.
Beth Harper
Would prefer to give it three and a half stars. It took a while to get going; there was a LOT of exposition at the start. I could've used a family tree at the beginning of the book. This series seems to be emphasizing the southern setting more and more. I preferred it when it emphasized the military spouse angle more.
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This is the 6th outing for organizer and Air Force Wife Ellie Avery. Ellie and her family take some time off to visit family only to arrive as the family patriarch is found dead in mystery circumstances. Can Ellie's skills for organizing facts (as well as closets) help prevent another murder?
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good for what it is. First of this type of mystery (chick lit mysteries as I call them) that I didn't figure out within the first couple chapters. The characters were good and the story moved along.
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Couple visits his family and father dies with valuable letters from well-known recluse author in his possession which others are after. ho-hum but interesting cuz the "solver" is just an ordinary person that gets along with her family.
I enjoy the Ellie Avery series. I like the way that Ellie and her husband Mitch interact and how she parents. The series is getting a little "Murder She Wrote" though. Pretty soon no one is going to want to invite Ellie anywhere because somebody always ends up dead.
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
I really am enjoying this series. As an Alabamian I like books that take place in the South, and in this one, Ellie and family are at her husband's old home in Alabama. I want to find a book festival like the one in the book, of course,b I'd go crazy at a festival so it be better not to go to one.
Linda Allen
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very, very good book. Unfortunately our library only has one other book by this author and I've already read it.
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful series. I hope Sara continues to write more about Ellie. Each book is better than the last.
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed all 6 books in this series. Wish there were more. Quick fun reads.
Nancy Bradford
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fun read. I am not a writer of any kind but if you like humor with your mystery this is a book for you. I have only read 3 of this series and need to get the others.
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Not a standout. The writing and story was fine but it never really grabbed me. The guilty party was a bit unpredictable but mostly believable.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good!! She never lets you guess the killer until she is ready to reveal him or her! Plus organizing tips. Love this series!!!!
Julie Christianson
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May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series. It is a nice, light break from more serious mysteries. I recommend reading it uncritically, just enjoy.
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
easy to read, enjoyable
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