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The Mummer's Curse (Amanda Pepper #7)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  240 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
In her new novel starring Philadelphia schoolteacher Amanda Pepper, Gillian Roberts once again mixes mystery and mirth. This time Roberts explores Philadelphia's unique flesh and blood "historical monument"-- the Mummers, who live (and perhaps are willing to die) for a few hours of glory every New Year's Day.

The famous Mummers' Parade is an extravaganza that draws enormous
ebook, 123 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Untreed Reads
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David Richardson
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Way too descriptive and not enough story.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
As a mummer, I was really excited to start reading this book. I could tell within 2 chapters that I would be really excited to be done with it. I am basing my review not as a mummer, but as an avid reader of quality literature.

It was certainly an interesting plot idea, even if you aren't a mummer or familiar with the mummers. A man in shot in front of hundreds of onlookers in the middle of a parade - and there is not one witness to it. Great. But (this doesn't give away the ending) ::spoiler-ish
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story. I will not rate this novel due to a glaring error.

As a former librarian, copy editor and reader, I am extremely disappointed in the writing by an author - a former teacher -within paragraph in Chapter 9 as follows:
" The visitors from a far planet continued to shuffle in, their eyes bleary, as if irritated by the vision of the dark months stretching ahead with nothing filling them but school. One could hardly count the February closures to commemorate Martin Luther King and l
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story. I enjoy reading Gillian Roberts. I had never heard of the Mummers Parade and associated celebration, which makes life more enjoyable learning something new.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Pepper strikes again. She attends the famous mummers parade with her niece Karen and C.K. Mackenzie (boyfriend/cop). Her co worker from school was marching until one of them is killed. Add to the fact that another is missing and nobody saw the killer makes this interesting. Enter suave stranger to the plot who may be a killer but not sure. A store owner with a secret, fiance of dead mummer thrown in. While at school, Amanda is dealing with a spoiled teenager who doesnt do the work assigne ...more
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty standard cozy mystery. I liked the author's sense of humor. The setting was fun and I learned a lot about the culture of the Mummers. The mystery itself was average although it fit in nicely with the setting. One thing I did not like was that it felt as if the author pulled the name of a character out of a hat to decide who the bad guy was.
Kim Mccarter
Amanda and her quirky relatives, friends, and students are growing on me, but I'm still pretty sure I DON'T want to live in Philadelphia. I'm not 100% comfortable with the writing style, but I can't put my finger on what's bothering me, either. It's a good read, and I'll read the next one, but if I couldn't put my hands on it at the library, I probably wouldn't buy it.
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned far more about Philly's Mummers Parade in this book than in 25 years of living an hour or so away.
Excellently plotted and written book.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow in places, but an enjoyable mystery.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another good mystery that focuses on an event unique to Philadelphia.
Enjoyable entry into this series.
Amanda Pepper #7
May 31, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I actually listened to this on audiotape and the reader was pretty good. I can't say I was in a hurry to find another book in the series. But I wouldn't mind another if the opportunity is right.
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always these books are an easy read. Great beach book...I like this series as it is set in Philadelphia, my hometown.
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