Thursday, June 19, 2014

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY by Marlene Bateman—Book Review

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY by Marlene Bateman. This mystery had a lot of good things going for it. I thought I had things figured out but there were enough twists that I ended up not knowing in the end. The characters were fun, although I could have done without the OCDness of Erica. The setting was great, but after all was said and done, I was lefting wondering if the seeds were a little too subtle. It would be interesting to hear what other people think on that. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery though. Stay tuned for a giveaway of this book the first week of July.

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Erica and her family happily anticipate Grandma Blanche's eighty-first birthday celebration in the picturesque town of Florence, Oregon. But when the feisty matriarch, a savvy businesswoman, enlists Erica's help in an investigation of her company, things quickly get sticky. Before the investigation can begin, Blanche's unexpected death leaves Erica with more questions than answers—and it soon becomes clear that Grandma's passing was anything but natural: she was murdered. When Aunt Martha, Blanche's reclusive sister, becomes the next victim of someone with a taste for homicide, Erica uses her flair for cooking to butter up local law enforcement and gather clues. As she narrowly escapes becoming the third victim, Erica is more determined than ever to solve the case—before she bites off more than she can chew.

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