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Murder on the Toy Town Express

(Vintage Toyshop Mystery #2)

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Liz McCall has come to love running her father's vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she's all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a ...more
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Published October 10th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books
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Rebbie
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is the 2nd book in the Vintage Toyshop Mystery series. Even though I didn't get a chance to read the first book before diving into this one, I was able to follow the plot just fine and didn't feel lost. The only thing that I missed out on was the backstory behind Liz McCall's love life, but that's ok because after enjoying this story, I intend to go back and read the first book too.

Liz McCall manages her dad's retro toy shop, and attends a trade show, where she meets up with a childhood bul
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Carrie
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Liz McCall has settled into her job as the manager of her father's vintage toy shop in East Aurora, NY when the Train and Toy Show comes to town. Liz and her retired police officer father decide they will set up a booth at the show to showcase some of the toys from their shop. The show should be a lot of fun but Liz finds that her childhood bully, Craig McFadden, is also at the show and now their business competition with a booth set up right next to theirs.

The show is going well when everyone
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Conductor . . . I mean author Barbara Early takes her readers on the ride of a life time! Toot Toot!

Having loved the first book in this series, DEATH OF A TOY SOLDIER, I couldn’t wait to hop on board book two, MURDER ON THE TOY TOWN EXPRESS. Oh my goodness! It was well worth the wait!

Like a kid to a toy store, Barbara Early lured me into this second installment of the Vintage Toyshop Mysteries. From the first line of this book that had me laughing, the exciting mystery throughout, until the las
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Mark Baker
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2017
The Toy and Train Expo has come to town, and Liz McCall and her father have a booth for their vintage toy shop, Well Played. Their booth is next to a face from Liz’s past, Craig McFadden, who used to bully Liz in school. Craig has some big announcement to make this weekend, but before he can, he plunges off the cat walk in the convention center. What’s going on?

I never really grew up, so a series set in a vintage toy shop has me smiling from page one. The fact that the story is strong and kept m
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LORI CASWELL
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Choo! Choo! All Aboard for another fun mystery from Barbara Early!!

The toy and train show has come to East Aurora, New York and Liz McCall and her family have a booth to sell their vintage toys. Liz McCall is a little nervous because an awful blast from her past, Craig McFadden, has the booth right next to hers selling his comic books. It is bad enough that he has a store across the street from their toy shop, Well Played, does she have to see him for the whole weekend. She qu
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Tracey
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I start every review of a cozy mystery pretty much along the same lines: they're either horrendous or wonderful, with very little in between. I've even started developing a list of Cozy Cardinal Sins and tropes. Such as - -

1) Heroine is a small business owner
This book/series: check – but it's okay. This little shop sounds like it would be viable in real life; it's run by family; it sells something that legitimately can be lucrative.

2) There's a love triangle
This book/series: check – but
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Linda
When Liz McCall accompanies her dad, Hank to an antique show featuring toy trains, murder’s just around the corner when Craig, a comic book seller, climbs to the catwalk area and plunges down landing on top of a train on display. He later dies at the hospital under suspicious circumstances. Once a cop, always a cop, Hank volunteers to help the police investigate after they discover some rare, high-dollar comic books missing from Craig’s booth.

There are actually several mysteries within this myst
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Juli
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liz McCall runs a vintage toy shop, Well Played, in East Aurora, NY along with her father. The duo have a booth at the Toy and Train Expo. Liz expects the show to be a busy, but enjoyable event. Until she sees an enemy from her past. Her childhood nemesis, Craig McFadden, has a booth for his comic book shop set up right next to them. And Craig is still a jerk. His employee, Maxine, seems very nice and definitely competent, which makes the situation a bit better.

Liz's dad says that he has spotte
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Karen
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished Murder on the Toy Town Express by Barbara Early on September 16th. This is a first in the series for me and boy is it ever a fun one! I love toys, vintage and new and I love trains so I could very easily picture the setting and plot of this cozy murder mystery. While I was reading it I felt like I was walking the Train show with my friend Sheryl, a fellow toy and doll enthusiast as we followed main character Liz and her father around for the investigation. This series touched on a num ...more
Betty
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
The second book in the Toy Top Series and I have not read the one first but I have read this author before and always enjoyed her. This will work as a stand-alone. The train and toy show has come to town. Liz McCall is looking forward to it until she learns that her childhood bully, Craig McFadden's comic book booth is next to the Toyshop one. That morning Craig climbs to the rafters and falls to the floor landing in an elaborate train display. Before the answer is found Liz will encounter greed ...more
Deborah Almada
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this book. It is the second in Barbara Early's Vintage Toyshop Mysteries and I had thought long and hard about ordering the first, but it was a hard cover and I had never read anything by this author before so I was thrilled to receive a copy of Murder on the Toy Train Express as an ARC!!!!

I love the whole premise of this book who wouldn't love toys and games, the shop and different family members with different interests all working together. I did feel a
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Peggy R
This is the first book that I have read in this series and given that it is only book 2 I didn't think I would be too lost. I am happy to say that was the case. Other than Liz's relationship issues, I didn't feel like I missed too much. The setting of a vintage toy shop was unique and I found myself smiling with the nostalgia of the old toys and games mentioned in the book. Liz and her dad are fun characters and I liked that this was sort of a father/daughter crime solving duo. Both characters a ...more
Mystereity Reviews
Book 2 of the Vintage Toy Shop series was every bit as good as the first! This is shaping up to be a go-to series, and not just because I love the setting so much (and I'm with Liz about Sahlen's Hot Dogs, mmmm.) The twisty plot kept me guessing right up to the exciting ending, and there were a few "oh no way!" moments along the way. I love Liz's relationship with her dad, they make a great team and the running puns are always funny.

"You have a mind like an elephant's."
"Yeah, wrinkled, gray and
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K.A. Davis
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
MURDER ON THE TOY TOWN EXPRESS by Barbara Early is the second book in the Vintage Toyshop Mystery series but the first one I’ve read… and I’m all onboard for reading the first one and catching up before the next book comes out. From the very first page I was captivated by the charming setting, the oh so funny train puns, and a mystery that not only kept me guessing but had me going “wow”. Ms. Early then wraps the entertainment up with a bombshell conclusion!

I greatly enjoyed getting to know the
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Lola
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

The first book in this series was one of my favorite cozy mystery reads last year so I immediately requested this book when I saw it pop up on netgalley. While I did think book 1 was a bit better, this book was still very good. I quickly got in the story, then a part seemed a bit slow, but once things start going wrong the pace really picked up again. I was lovely to be back in this town and the
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Autumn
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Murder on the Toy Town Express, the second in Barbara Early’s Vintage Toyshop mysteries, is a pure delight. Liz McCall and her father run Well Played, a vintage toy shop in East Aurora, New York. Liz’s father is a retired policeman who doesn’t always remember that he is retired, and despite her best efforts to remain focused on selling toys, Liz often finds herself pulled into investigations with her father.

This installment finds Liz and her father at a toy and train show. The booth next to thei
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Celia
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was both fun and nostalgic, and if you love old toys, games and mysteries, Murder on the Toy Town Express is for you. Well Played is the toy store owned by Liz McCall's "retired" police detective father, Hank McCall, and Liz has her hands full keeping the store running while also trying to prevent Hank from still trying to investigate crimes. When a suspicious death occurs at a Train and Toy Exhibition where Well Played has a booth, Liz's dad is brought into the investigation, and Liz ...more
Linda
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Vintage Toyshop Mystery series. Liz and her dad are setting up a table in the Train and Toy Show. The table next door contains vintage comic books and is managed by business rival, Craig McFadden...also known as the school bully during Liz’s childhood. But as much as she disliked Craig, she was still sad when he accidentally fell to his death a short time later. But was it an accident or deliberate? As her father, a retired police officer, is brought in to the inve ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-work
Liz and her father (Hank) are working a booth at the Train and Toy Show, she was looking forward to a good weekend when she realises that their booth is next to a comic book booth, and whilst this would not normally be a problem (in fact it could be beneficial for both shops) this comic book store and therefore the booth is run by Liz's childhood nemesis Craig.  Even this wouldn't have been too much of a problem but the head of security is saying the comic books are obscene (thereby upsetting Cr ...more
Jean
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are seeking a light and quick read than I recommend this book. The author is witty and has great vocabulary. You might find it odd that I point that out but for me its an important factor when reading a book. I enjoyed reading this book especially since it read so smoothly. I enjoyed the story and loved following the characters along the plot. I had not picked up books by this authors previously , but I will be doing so now that I have finished this one. I look forward to picking up more ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lizz Mc Call runs Well Played a vintage toy shop in East Aurora Ny with her Father. They have a booth at the toy and train expo. Lizz expects the event to be busy but fun until she sees her childhood nemesis Craig Mc Fadden he has the booth next to them for his comic book shop. He is still a jerk but his assistant manager seems nice. Before the event is over Lizz will encounter missing comic books, mobsters the FBI and a missing mother.
Kristin Cochran Schadler
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read, very hard to put down. Loved the characters getting fleshed out and the twists and turns the story took. The cliffhanger at the end better have a good explanation in the third book!
Mary Brown
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Murder On The Toy Town Express
Vintage Toyshop Mystery, Book #2
Barbara Early
5 Stars

Synopsis:

Liz McCall has come to love running her father's vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she's all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.
What
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Lisa Morin
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Murder on the Toy Town Express by Barbara Early is a fun story.
It was like a blast from the past reading about all the vintage toys that were so popular when I was growing up.
Liz is an extremely likeable character and I enjoyed meeting all the wonderful people in this story.

Comic books are all the rage in this story and when a sudden death hits close to home, Liz is soon wrapped up in the investigation.

I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book prov
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Amy
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would!! I will admit, I have met Ms. Early several times. I saw her again when I purchased it on release day in a small bookstore in East Aurora, where the mystery is located. Yes--like M&M's and Santa--it does exist. The author captures the essence of the town and Western New York to a "T". Do I go to Canada just to get Aero chocolate bars, lemon Crystal Beach suckers, and Coca-Cola without high fructose corn syrup? Absolutely! Yes the Buffalo Bills ...more
Anne
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's a good thing I didn't write this review right after I finished Toy Town Express. I was livid with the ending and the whole love triangle issue. This is the third mystery I've read recently with the same situation. It would have gotten a one star review. Now that I'm cooled off, I'll go from didn't like to OK.

The mystery itself was interesting with the comic book element and the train/toy show though I figured out who did it right from the start, but not the exact motive. I would have enjoy
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The Cozy Review
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Murder on the Toy Town Express: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery
Author: Barbara Early
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Cozy/Mystery

Liz McCall run’s her father’s vintage toy shop in East Aurora, NY, especially the old board game section. When the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she and her father are all set for the weekend. Along with every other toy and memorabilia shop in the area. She did not expect her childhood bully, Craig McFadden, to be there, less alone set up a booth right next to
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Missi Stockwell
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing


What would you do if your childhood bully was in an accident right in front of you and later died ? And it is ruled murder ? And if he was a business rival whose business was right across from your business ? What if you met his employee, liked her and felt sorry for her ? And what if your father was the retired chief of police ? Oh and you are sort of dating the new chief of police as well as the brother of one of the suspects ?

These are all questions that are asked of Liz McCall who is the mai
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DelAnne Frazee
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Murder on the Toy Town Express - A Vintage Toyshop My Book 2
Author: Barbara Early
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Published: 10-10-2017
Pages: 304
Genre: Mystery
Sub-Genre: Humor, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths, Hobbies, Collectables, Women Sleuths, Suspense
ISBN: 9781683313090
ASIN: B06XWDQYKW
Reviewed For NetGalley & Crocked Lane Books
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.75 Stars


The second in the Toy shop Mysteries takes us to a Train and Toy Show where Liz McCall and and old childhood nemesis and rival
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Melissa
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love reading stories that are based in areas I've visited or lived near! It was great to see that Liz shops at Wegman's as well!! LOL!
Liz McCall and her father Hank, a retired police officer run a vintage toy store in East Aurora, NY. They decide to set up a booth at the Train and Toy Expo this year but unbeknownst to Liz they are placed right next to Craig McFadden who runs a Comic Book store in town. The problem is Liz and Craig went to school together and were not friends, in fact Craig bul
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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 pastor’s wife, and an amateur puppeteer. After several years living elsewhere, she and her husband moved back to her native Western N ...more

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