When my daughter–a voracious reader–was in middle school she outgrew the children’s section but YA wasn’t quite as popular as it is now. So she would pick mysteries from the adult section of our library and, with the speed of lightning, I would read them first to make sure there wasn’t anything too sexy, or too bloody or too…too for an 11 year old. Then after she’d read we’d often dissect a book(or author) deciding who we liked and who we didn’t. We’re reviving our old habits for a dueling review of Classic Revenge by Mitzi Kelly. Even though she’s home on fall break from college and pretty much reads whatever the heck she wants now! I was hoping for dueling reviews but dear daughter is busy with an internship and has no time for reading for fun. Shocking, isn’t it! Let’s take a moment to feel sorry for her…. and then get on with the review.
Mitzi is providing a copy of Classic Revenge, the first in her Silver Sleuths Series, as a giveaway. Just leave a comment–we’d love to hear about one of your favorite mystery series/authors and follow me. US addresses only!
And Mitzi will be releasing the second book in the series, Deadly Policy, in April of next year(which is JUST around the corner!) Although Avalon is still fussing with the book cover here’s the basic story:
Michelle Matson is worried that an investigation of her boss at Security Insurance is going to reflect badly on her. And when Michelle is worried so is her mom–and that mom happens to be Millie, one-third of an investigating trio. The ladies try to unravel why so many car theft claims are moving through Michelle’s office and end up tailing a stolen car all the way to Mexico! The ladies eventually unravel a car theft ring with the help of a reluctant cop, a car thief, and the theme from the TV show Cops.
Classic Revenge: A Silver Sleuths Mystery
Author: Mitzi Kelly
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Avalon Books (June 24, 2010)
The tragic accident claiming the life of Susan Wiley had been classified as just that, an accident. Then why is her husband being charged with her murder? The very thought is ludicrous. But Chief of Police Henry Espinoza doesn’t agree, refusing to listen to arguments that Sam’s neighbors, Trish Anderson(ages 40+), Edna Radcliff(aged 60+) and Millie Morrow(aged 80+) present regarding his character and the relationship he had with his wife.
Angry at being dismissed so easily, the women resolve to prove Sam’s innocence, not only to help their friend, but to show Henry they are not ready for a nursing home just yet. Using the experience, determination, and pigheadedness their combined ages of 193 years afford them, they rush headlong into danger and intrigue, learning something about themselves during the process. They seem to have a knack for this detective stuff!
Too often, the mystery books I’m reading lately follow a formula that goes along the 30-something single woman stumbles upon body and tries to find the murderer from among her acquaintances because A. it looks like she did it or B. it adversely affects her business while juggling two men fighting for her affections. Well, Classic Revenge isn’t anything like that.
Kelly turns the cozy mystery on its head by offering us the most unlikely group of detectives.Edna and Millie are definitely “active seniors” with Trish, a 40+, WAH single gal along to do the driving. They aren’t good at this investigating stuff. Most of their ideas come from novels and TV shows they watch. They only motive driving them is friendship. They aren’t eager to play detective(well, maybe Millie is). They’re investigating people they barely know in areas they can barely get to without getting lost. And that is the charm of the whole book. You’re rooting for the three musketeers to succeed–not so much to bring justice to their neighborhood–but to show the doubters(basically everyone) that they can unravel the mystery.
Classic Revenge is great fun for all lovers of the cozy mystery…after all, even if you aren’t an “active senior” you know plenty of them. And if you are an “active senior” I’m sure you’re yelling, “Finally! A book about me!” Can’t wait for the next bumbling investigation by this crazy trio.
Don’t forget, Mitzi is providing a copy of Classic Revenge, the first in her Silver Sleuths Series, as a giveaway. Just leave a comment–we’d love to hear about one of your favorite mystery series/authors and follow me. US addresses only!