Goodhind’s nonchalant attitude toward the mystery makes this one more likely to appeal to dedicated fans of Honey’s...

WICKED WORDS

Hotelier wanders around Bath, helps solve mystery while she’s at it.

When Hannah “Honey” Driver’s overbearing mother Gloria Cross asks her daughter for one tiny favor, Hannah feels that she just can’t say no. Unfortunately, no favors for Gloria are ever small, and Honey ends up driving her mother and crew to the funeral of notorious letch Sean O’Brian. The funeral turns out to be more than Honey bargained for when O’Brian’s grave in Memory Meadow is already full. The body of travel writer Colin “C.A.” Wright is shoved into life-sized Teddy Devlin, a teddy bear usually reserved for soliciting donations. Honey sees the humor of the situation—the victim had a reputation for being distinctly unpleasant—but not her boyfriend, Detective Inspector Steve Doherty, who’s charged with investigating the crime. Even so, Doherty takes a fairly mellow approach to solving the mystery, and Honey’s preoccupied with a new project. When one of her mother’s friends meets a sudden end, Honey is suddenly responsible for Bobo, a tiny, incontinent dog. Thank goodness her daughter Lindsey is helping her take care of the Green River, the hotel she’s trying to run in her spare time. After a rambling and divergent collection of facts about Bath, along with interspersed moments of genuine humor, some suspense builds as Honey and Doherty try to uncover the truth.

Goodhind’s nonchalant attitude toward the mystery makes this one more likely to appeal to dedicated fans of Honey’s adventures (Murder by Mudpack, 2010, etc.) than to newbies.

Pub Date: April 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-7278-6973-9

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Severn House

Review Posted Online: April 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2011

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

A murder is committed in a stalled transcontinental train in the Balkans, and every passenger has a watertight alibi. But Hercule Poirot finds a way.

  **Note: This classic Agatha Christie mystery was originally published in England as Murder on the Orient Express, but in the United States as Murder in the Calais Coach.  Kirkus reviewed the book in 1934 under the original US title, but we changed the title in our database to the now recognizable title Murder on the Orient Express.  This is the only name now known for the book.  The reason the US publisher, Dodd Mead, did not use the UK title in 1934 was to avoid confusion with the 1932 Graham Greene novel, Orient Express.

 

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 1934

ISBN: 978-0062073495

Page Count: -

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1934

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An anodyne visit with Tricia and her friends and enemies hung on a thin mystery.

A KILLER EDITION

Too much free time leads a New Hampshire bookseller into yet another case of murder.

Now that Tricia Miles has Pixie Poe and Mr. Everett practically running her bookstore, Haven’t Got a Clue, she finds herself at loose ends. Her wealthy sister, Angelica, who in the guise of Nigela Ricita has invested heavily in making Stoneham a bookish tourist attraction, is entering the amateur competition for the Great Booktown Bake-Off. So Tricia, who’s recently taken up baking as a hobby, decides to join her and spends a lot of time looking for the perfect cupcake recipe. A visit to another bookstore leaves Tricia witnessing a nasty argument between owner Joyce Widman and next-door neighbor Vera Olson over the trimming of tree branches that hang over Joyce’s yard—also overheard by new town police officer Cindy Pearson. After Tricia accepts Joyce’s offer of some produce from her garden, they find Vera skewered by a pitchfork, and when Police Chief Grant Baker arrives, Joyce is his obvious suspect. Ever since Tricia moved to Stoneham, the homicide rate has skyrocketed (Poisoned Pages, 2018, etc.), and her history with Baker is fraught. She’s also become suspicious about the activities at Pets-A-Plenty, the animal shelter where Vera was a dedicated volunteer. Tricia’s offered her expertise to the board, but president Toby Kingston has been less than welcoming. With nothing but baking on her calendar, Tricia has plenty of time to investigate both the murder and her vague suspicions about the shelter. Plenty of small-town friendships and rivalries emerge in her quest for the truth.

An anodyne visit with Tricia and her friends and enemies hung on a thin mystery.

Pub Date: Aug. 13, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-9848-0272-9

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Berkley

Review Posted Online: May 27, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2019

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