Friday, April 29, 2016

Curtains for Miss Plym

Happy Friday!  The last Friday of April.  The month just flew by so quickly.  It is Arbor Day.  Arbor Day was established in 1872 in Nebraska.  It is a day to plant a tree and help nature (and the environment).  On April 29. . . in 1945 Dachau Concentration Camp was liberated by troops from the United States; Hair (a controversial play at the time) opens on Broadway in 1968; and Catherine Middleton and Prince William are married in Westminster Abbey in London in 2011!  Do you think Prince Charles will ever step aside so Prince William can take over the throne?  Queen Elizabeth just turned 90!  She looks very good for her age.  I was going to review Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown today by Microsoft Word went on the fritz and deleted it while I was trying to save it (it has been giving me fits lately).  I will try again tomorrow!

Curtains for Miss Plym by Kathleen Delaney is the second book in A Mary McGill Canine Mystery series.  Mary McGill is busy organizing Santa Louisa’s annual spring rummage sale that will be held at St. Mark’s Church community hall.  There will also be a pet adoption event held outside the hall.  Mary arrives early at the event with Millie, her black cocker spaniel at discovers the body of Emilie Plym (a sweet elderly woman).  It looks like she was strangled with the belt from her robe (how horrible).  How did Miss Plym get into the locked hall during the night (because Mary locked it the night before herself)?  Who would kill this sweet woman?  Mary wants to find out and starts asking questions.  Mary works with the Chief of Police (who happens to be married to Mary’s niece, Ellen) to find the culprit.  Will Mary be able to find the killer before the killer tries to silence her?

Curtains for Miss Plym was enjoyable, but I thought the killer was extremely obvious.  Also, the murder happened right at the beginning of the novel (a pet peeve of mine).  We need more of a lead in into the crime and then start the solving of the said crime (otherwise it is one long book).  Curtains for Miss Plym has nice, likeable (and relatable) characters and a charming small town setting.  The author did provide good details and clues (thank goodness).  With a little work this could be an enjoyable cozy mystery series (needs a more complex crime).  I give Curtains for Miss Plym 3.5 out of 5 stars.  Will I read the next book in the series?  I will give it a try. 

The first book in A Mary McGill Canine Mystery series is Purebred Dead.  I received a complimentary copy of Curtains for Miss Plym in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

I finally got my mother out of the house today.  It just took me a month!  We did not get everything accomplished, but I can do the rest of the errands myself (in about half the time).   I am currently reading The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church.  I am off to watch Grimm!  Have a wonderful and enjoyable evening. Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader 

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