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Meg Miller discovers a dead body in Darrow House just a few hours before the annual homes tour. It could be someone she knows. Of course, she's a suspect. She's the only other person in the house. But, why would a retired librarian, community volunteer, and widow strangle a prominent socialite?

Detective Penny Crawford intends to get to the bottom of the crime, even if she
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ebook, 231 pages
Published October 26th 2018 by Del Corazone
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James
When I saw the title, I knew I had to give this one a chance. I enjoy reading about Dickens, and if there is a mystery involved, all the better. 'A Dickens of a Crime' is the first book in the 'A Meg Miller Cozy Mystery' series by author Phyllis H. Moore. In this tale, Meg Miller, a ~60ish widow with a grown daughter, volunteers/works at a local house on a tour where she dresses up in a costume to meet visitors. When she arrives one day, another woman has been strangled. Meg looks guilty, but qu ...more
Melanie Mckinney
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I was given the opportunity to read this book I couldn’t pass it up as I love a good holiday book in July! This was a really good first cozy murder mystery in the Meg Miller series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more from this author. Meg Miller is a delightful main character who is an older widow with a married daughter. When she arrives to work one day she finds a woman has been murdered! At first it looks like she is the guilty party but then it is revealed t ...more
April Rogers-Krick
Phyllis H. Moore has crafted an entertaining story for her first cozy mystery. I am looking forward to seeing what her sophomore cozy will bring to the table.

A Dickens of A Mystery is entertaining although I had trouble staying focused and found myself putting the book down more often then I would like. The story kept drawing me in and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. The book is not as light of reading as most cozy mysteries. The characters have the potential of being deve
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Merry Chapman
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really good First cozy murder mystery in Meg Miller series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more from this author. Meg Miller is a delightful main character who is a widow with a married daughter. Her time is taken up by doing volunteer work which she thoroughly enjoys. She has volunteered to help with the open house costumed tour for the holidays. When she goes and checks up on one of the homes, she finds a woman, lying on the floor upstairs, dead! And of course she ...more
Sara
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meg Miller is a badass, not that she would actually use that word herself. Meg is retired, widowed, a do-gooder, and unwilling to let things go if she thinks solve the problem. Roped into covering for volunteer work that someone else was supposedly unable to do due to an illness, Meg goes to a local history society house to get part of her costume for the winter Dickens event. She finds it, and a body.

The deceased was the most recent wife of a high school classmate, so of course Meg goes the ne
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Anne
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Dickens of a Crime by Phyllis H Moore is a cozy mystery that did not have to reach for its protagonist or its setting. So many cozies have to have a cute setting or career for the protagonist. Not this one. Our protagonist is a retired widow names Meg who spends her days volunteering and taking care of her cat. She has gone to Darrow House, a historical home, to retrieve an underskirt for the dress she was wearing for the Christmas Victorian Home Tour when she discovers a body. She immediately ...more
Sarah Click
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Meg! She reminds me of someone I know. I loved Phyllis' scene setting, all the way down to Meg's phone charger. I have already read the next the book in this series, looking forward to more! It wasn't predictable, it wasn't far fetched, it was a great read!
Kim
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meg Miller finds a body in the Darrow Hours right before the annual house tours are supposed to begin. Of course, since she is the only person in the house she is seen as a suspect. Detective Penny Crawford intends to solve the murder, therefore, she interviewed Meg on several occasions. Meg doesn’t mind the interviews as long as she is cleared. Meg even does a little investigating of her own and tells Detective Crawford what she finds out. Can Meg help solve the crime or will she get into more ...more
Stephanie
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you read the first book in a new series, especially by an author that you've never read before, there is always some excitement and anticipation. This is why I tend to gravitate to the first books because they lay the foundation and to me are the most descriptive. This book did not disappoint! The main character, Meg Miller, is a feisty volunteer for her community. She stumbles upon a body and works with her friend and the police on the case. There were so many twists that I didn't know who ...more
Susan
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-review
Nothing kills the holiday spirit like murder! But a delightful cozy is sure to help rekindle the joy. Meg Miller is a retired, widow in her early 60s. But any comparisons to Miss Marple or Jessica Taylor would be misleading. Meg espouses the life of a modern active senior. She has her volunteer work and her social activities to keep her busy and does not spend her time being nosy or a gossip. Other than what felt like excessive hovering over the deceased's husband, her natural personality and in ...more
Amanda Hash
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was a charming cozy mystery that helped me escape the heat of the summer for a while, with some truly interesting (and surprisingly nefarious) twists and characters. Our main character, Meg, was an absolute delight, and I enjoyed her interactions with the supporting cast of characters. However, I found this particular novel to be lacking something-- more of a backstory on Meg, and her apparent sleuthing skills? More of an explanation about the town's acceptance of a bizarre megachurch and i ...more
Robyn
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book with a ton of twists and turns. There were so many things that happened that I never saw coming. The story has a powerful message and I couldn't stop reading. I had to know who the murderer was, and why they did it. The culprit wasn't who I expected, and that made this book even better because the author had me thinking one way, but went in another direction which took me by surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it.
Stephanie AhYat
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start to a new cozy series. Characters are real and interesting, and the plot will keep you guessing. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. I give it a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ rating. ...more
Johniene
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author. It was so incredibly engrossing, I truly couldn’t put it down. The mystery kept me involved from beginning to end. The way the main character developed throughout the book had me cheering her on. I intend to read more by her.
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Phyllis H. Moore wants to live life experiences more than once: doing it, writing about it and reading about it. She’s had two careers and two retirements. Both careers gave her inspiration for her novels: The Sabine Series, Sabine, Billy’s Story, Josephine’s Journals and Secrets of Dunn House,

She's written three stand-alone novels: Opal’s Story, Tangled, a Southern Gothic Yarn, The Bright Shawl,
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