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A Tough Nut to Crack

(Spicetown Mysteries #5)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  16 reviews
As the first play premieres at the newly opened Spicetown Community Center, the new flower shop opens with special gifts to offer, and Cinnamon High School has a hard introduction to the new canine officer, Briscoe, Christmas may come too quickly for Mayor Cora Mae Bingham and Police Chief Conrad Harris.

Will the Spicetown duo find all the answers before Christmas Day din
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published December 25th 2019
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Sep 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, christmas
My favorite part of this read was the community play going on and the many faces involved. I wish the author had spent more time on Christmas and that light-hearted angle and less on the drug mystery. As always the book was completely clean and profanity free; but I do wish for more humor and less of a heavy loaded read. I could probably say that about most cozies though!
Geri Sullivan
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read

I live in Ohio and am thoroughly enjoying this authors nooks. Her characters are strong, very real and entertaining. Enjoy
Jerri Cachero
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A visit to Spicetown turns deadly...

The latest book in the series was as good as the previous books. The mystery was complex and filled with "red herrings"! I love the characters and the fact that there are two main characters - Cora (the Mayor) and Conrad (the Police Chief). They make a wonderful sleuthing team! The supporting characters have a familiar feel and add to the book.

A Tough Nut to Crack, has all the cozy elements I love - great mystery, a sleuthing team who has experienced life and
Carolann Hiller
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Seriously Funny

Small town big hearts. Drugs are a problem at the High school. Unknown til Briscoe the police dog gets the scent. All this while town get to enjoy Arsenic and Old Lace . The cast is all locals. Great read! Go get it!
Anita Burkett

Another great story in the series. Every one keeps getting better. No curse words, no drinking, and interesting. I can't wait for the next one.
Patricia H. Phelps
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two Stories of Spicetown's Mayor and Police

The story is of the police chief adopting a dog from the shelter only to find he apparently is law enforcement trained, including drug sniffing. A young man dies of a drug overdose and when the chief takes the dog to the high school, he alerts at eight lockers. The mayor and the chief and his force are dedicated to getting drugs out of their town. This brings today's drug problems with teens and adults. Very well done.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, cozy mystery book with likeable characters (some not so much) and an interesting plot that highlights the problem of drugs in schools. Set in a charming small town in southern Ohio, the book centers around the mayor and her dynamic leadership to open a new community center and plan events throughout the year to involve the community. Part of this plan is staging a play with a cast made up of local people. Cute idea, very heartening. The mayor's relationship with the police chief ...more
Pauline Yu
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Heart tugging

As always, this latest read is hard to put down. Amidst the Christmas festivities in Spice town is the issue on teenage drugs in schools and also among some naive and unsuspecting adults. This particular story tugs at the reader's heart strings and it' s commendable for the writer to make people aware of the problems that are not always noticeable and addressed. Overall, this heartwarming book shows the caring side of people who want to make a difference. On the lighter side of thin
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Delightful and Enlightening Read

Author Sheri Richey leads her readers on a joy ride of events, flavorful meals and colorful characters of Spicetown USA. Mayor Cora Mae Bingham cannot fathom her peaceful town tainted by dreaded infiltration of illegal subtances. With the help of Chief Conrad and friends, will she be able to successfully protect her town, manage a debut play at the town’s new community center, without ruining Spicetown’s festivities? A charming, suspenseful and enlightening read.
Theresa Marie
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous series. You want to visit Spicetown!
Christine Goodnough
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ive been enjoying this series about a small town in Ohio and the people who keep the wheels turning smoothly. Spicetown's a friendly place with likeable characters, a realistic situation, well plotted and compelling. A few spots where an editorial red pen would cross out unnecessary words, but overall a good, light read.

It looks like the books just keep getting better. I hope the writer plans lots more books in the Spicetown Mysteries series.
Sharon Draffin
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I haven’t read a Spicetown book I didn’t like. Just the fact that “Arsenic and Old Lace” was being produced at the new community center made me want to dig out my Cary Grant DVD and watch it again.
Lizabeth Tarr
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great read

These get better and better, and more enjoyable with each book!😃 I am still albeit the relationship between the chief and mayor will progress!
Patricia Moran
Oct 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Unanswered plot points

I find it frustrating as a reader to have major plot points concluded with a one sentence comment in future books. Still surprised about the dog. He was suddenly and casually thrown into the story arc.
betty copley
Oct 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great story using a problem plaguing America

Once again, the book was simply too good to put down, even though I had to. The stories included in the book cover so many things going on in the town and surrounding areas.
Mary A.
Dec 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Good read

Another good one, the characters are great and the storyline was really engaging. Looking forward to another book in this series.
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