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Death of a Toy Soldier

(Vintage Toyshop Mystery #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Liz McCall grew up in a playful winter wonderland but it was never her dream to manage her fathers vintage toyshop. However, after he sank his entire police pension into the business, someone needed to help him turn his dreams into realityand keep him from sneaking off to patrol the not-so-mean streets of East Aurora, NY.

The mood goes from nice to naughty when a nervous
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Crooked Lane Books
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Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Liz McCall never pictured herself becoming the manager of her retired father's vintage toy shop but yet that is exactly where she finds herself. After her retired from the police force Liz's father invested in the store putting his entire pension into the business and now needs a bit of help.

When a nervous customer walks in with some really rare toys Liz wants her father to take a look at them to determine just what it is he wants to sell so he leaves his card for her. A few nights later though
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys vintage toys and board games!
I thoroughly had great fun with Barbara Earlys Death of a Toy Soldier( Vintage Toyshop #1). This cozy mystery revolves around a retired police chief, his grown daughter, and their passions of vintage toys, board games, and a bit of sleuthing on the side. Sounds great, doesnt it? I certainly thought so. The setting is Christmas in the retired chiefs small hometown inWestern NY and his new vintage toyshop. His daughter, Liz, is working at the vintage toyshop whils keeping an eye on her dad as he ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great first book in series. Looking forward to the next.
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Im not Sorry to hear that in the Life of cozy mysteries, author Barbara Early is beginning to build a Monopoly. Her Risk sure did payoff with this first book in the Vintage Toyshop Mysteries!

I have been looking forward to DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER for such a long time. Not only is it written by one of my favorite authors, Barbara Early/Beverly Allen, the brilliance of a mystery series built around a vintage toyshop is such a fun idea, and can really lend itself to so many murders, motives, and
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early at 9:30 pm last night. I have my friend Doward to thank for the wonderful gift of this book through our Halloween Book Exchange, he kindly ordered it for me and I delighted in devouring it. The cover I would like to start with first and tell you it is one of my favorites for its simplicity and perfectly cozy and yet mysterious look. Its whimsical and fun and still spooky, quite like the book. I do love it when the book cover works so well with ...more
Dollycass Thoughts

A vintage toy shop, a perfect place for a little Christmas shopping. Liz McCall manages the place for her dad, a retired police chief, who just cant leave his old job behind. But when a man is found dead inside the store in the middle of the night and the former chief becomes the prime suspect things are far from merry. With the store a crime scene Liz and her father need to find the real killer fast or this Christmas may be their last.

Liz McCall and my own daughter have
Linda 📚
Liz McCall's dad, Hank, has always loved toys. After retiring as a police officer he opens Well Played, an antique toy shop. Let the fun begin! Author Barbara Early quickly spins readers into a yarn that takes many of us down memory lane as our childhood toys take center stage in this cleverly plotted story. Who would kill for an old toy? You may be surprised to find out that it's not all child's play between the pages of this tantalizing cozy mystery.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this book and it was well worth the wait.. There have already been reviews about the plot on Amazon and Goodreads so I won't be redundant. If you're looking for a well-written cozy by a really professional writer, this book is for you! Combine that with her love of childhood games like Clue, Sorry and Monopoly and her hometown in a small town just south of Buffalo and you have hit the Jackpot. I've read several books over the past six months or so that ...more
Mark Baker
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Liz McCall is helping her father run Well Played, a vintage toy shop. One day, a man walks in with a box of toys he wants appraised. However, a couple of days later, the man is dead in their shop, killed by a lawn dart, and the box of toys is missing. Lizs father is a retired police man, and he begins to investigate the case unofficially with Liz helping him. Will they be able to figure out what happened?

Toys and nostalgia as a setting for a new cozy series? Sign me up! And I was as delighted
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-work
Liz McCall's father used to be the Chief of Police for Aurora and East Aurora, NY, but all that came to an end when he was shot in the line of duty.  Liz had come back to look after him but also ended up helping out at the vintage toyshop he decided to buy with his disability payment and police pension! Everything is ticking along nicely (apart from the fact that every so often the ex-Chief heads off to fight crime again - luckily the new Chief of Police is reasonably understanding), until ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually pick my mysteries based on the setting and this seemed like an interesting setting, if I couldn't work around books I'd want to work around toys or tech so I expected to enjoy this book and I did. The heroine Liz was nice, after her father retired she gave up her life to come home to help with the family business. A lot of mysteries are kind of unbelievable because an amateur detective winds up solving a case, what does a toy store owner know about solving a crime, quite a lot in this ...more
Ellen Byron
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delightful read!

Loved this super fun, charming mystery with an engaging protagonist and great plot. So much fun! A perfect cozy read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it

I really enjoyed this book! It was a such a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Death of a Toy Soldier follows Elizabeth, her dad and friends while they get dragged into a murder investigation after someone got murdered in their shop. I loved how it featured a vintage toy shop where the main character worked. There are references to toys, products they sell, game evenings and the like and I had
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
He will be okay!

This book was a great Christmas read! I have had it on my TBR shelf for some time. I have been saving it for Christmas time and it worked out just fine. I started to wrap my many presents for my Grandchildren on Saturday and I fell. I hurt my knee, the same knee on the same leg as the broken hip from last time I fell! I have been hobbling around for months since my hip has not healed properly, from the original break, so I guess I will be sitting for awhile this Christmas also.

Sheryl Booth of Booth Talks Books
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Toy Lovers, Vintage Shop Lovers, People Who love Families working together
This is my short version..longer one in about a week!

The story did not stop the entire time. I was expecting a lull where I would lose interest and then have to force myself back into it because honestly, kids interrupt me while I am reading. There was never a problem picking up where I left off because the characters werent flat. I felt like I knew Liz, Hank, Cathy, Jack, Peggy and those adorable sisters, Irene and Lenora. I was able to jump right back in and the story just kept developing in
Mystereity Reviews
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early

Ok, first of all, I have an ulterior motive for picking up this book. You see, I know the setting very, very well. East Aurora, a small town outside of Buffalo, NY, is home to landmarks like Vidlers, The Roycroft, and of course, Fisher-Price and all of its toys. So when I saw that Death of a Toy Soldier was set in that tiny speck on the map that few people outside of Western NY know about, I had to read it. The book was full of recognizable places and
Sue Em
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A vintage toy store run by the retired police chief and his daughter is the locale for the murder of a man who dropped off a box of tin toys for appraisal. This series has obvious potential. Rounding up from 3.5 stars.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
Living in small town East Aurora with her father, Liz is partners in an old time toy store. The store features original toys from long ago for resale. When a man comes in to have her father look at a box of very old toys and meets with an accident in the store, Liz must find out who did this deed.

I found the characters pretty good but feel that I probably will give this a lower rating that I would normally because I used to live in the city of EA. While certain things were mentioned, I thought
Jessica Robbins
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Vicki Gooding
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Fun Vintage toys, a father with an army of puns and a terrific mystery for the Christmas season. Three cheers to Barbara Early
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good first read and a new mystery series to jump into!
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The First Vintage Toyshop Mystery

Liz McCall's life has drastically changed after her father is shot in the line of duty. Although Hank has physically recovered, he sometimes fails to remember that he was forced to retire as Chief of Police and will periodically patrol their small town instead of minding his vintage toyshop. Faced with a forgetful father, Liz has moved back to Western New York permanently to live with her dad and help make a go of the shop;
Terri Crossley
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! This is a great start to a new series! Liz works with her Dad in his vintage toy shop that he opened after he retired from the police department! Things are going great business is brisk and game night is definitely a winner! When a man comes to the shop with a box full of vintage toys asking for her father Liz assumes he asked him to come in. She grabs his card and puts the toys aside for her father to appraise. When the same man winds up dead in the store with a ...more
Jane Chizmar
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for making me a winner in the Goodreads giveaway. I totally enjoyed reading Death of a Toy Soldier by Barbara Early. I had a hard time putting it down. This is a very well written cosy and I look forward to reading more by Barbara Early. Her characters and the continuity of her story line was great.
A holiday mystery series debut set in a vintage toy shop in a quaint small town. The plotting was fine and I liked the characters (especially some of the supporting characters) but all the punning was perhaps a bit excessive.
Our cozy mystery heroine, Liz McCall, is her father's partner at his vintage toyshop. Her father, Hank McCall, was the retired chief of police of the town of East Aurora, but he's still trying to catch perpetrators and criminals instead of running the shop, and Liz has to do everything she can to get him out of trouble. He becomes the prime suspect of the murder of a strange man who brought antique toys to be examined, and what was even worse was that the murder happened in their shop and her ...more
Barbara Hackel
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sincerely hope this is the first in a series, because when I finished the book, I certainly wasn't ready to be finished with the toy shop or the characters! Ms Early has made vintage toys and mystery into an unbeatable combination. Her characters are solid and the small attention to details make them seem as though you may have met them in "real" life. Our main character, Elizabeth McCall, a.k.a. Liz or even Betsy McCall*, lives with her father over the toy shop. Dad is Hank McCall, beloved ...more
Kaitlin (Kait's Bookshelf)
I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Early at a book signing at my local Barnes and Noble recently. She is a local author, and one of the things that drew me to her Vintage Toy Shop mystery series is that they are set in a nearby town in western New York. Its always nice when your hometown gets a little literary love!

I dove into my autographed copy of Death of a Toy Soldier and quickly found that I couldnt put it down. I was drawn right into the story. Liz and her father, Hank, are very well
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, christmas, cozy
This cozy is the perfect mix of humor and mystery. Liz McCall is the manager and caretaker of both her fathers vintage toy store and of her father, a retired chief of police. She has her hands full, mostly because her dad doesnt act like hes retired. He can and does make arrests as a citizen, and the new police chief deputizes him in the hopes of keeping him under control. When a potential customer turns up dead at night in the toy store, Dad is right there in the thick of things. Only he cant ...more
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Barbara Early earned an engineering degree, but after four years of doing nothing but math, developed a sudden allergy to the subject and decided to choose another occupation. Before she settled on murdering fictional people, she was a secretary, a school teacher, a pastors wife, and an amateur puppeteer. After several years living elsewhere, she and her husband moved back to her native Western ...more

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