When Jason Lynx's neighbors, George and Betty Whitney, are murdered, Jason discovers the police consider him the number one suspect. But Jason, an addicted puzzle solver, begins to find the case fascinating. Who'd have thought that George Whitney, an employee of a religious radio station, had it in him to attract a killer. Aided by endearing detective Grace Willis, Jason aWhen Jason Lynx's neighbors, George and Betty Whitney, are murdered, Jason discovers the police consider him the number one suspect. But Jason, an addicted puzzle solver, begins to find the case fascinating. Who'd have thought that George Whitney, an employee of a religious radio station, had it in him to attract a killer. Aided by endearing detective Grace Willis, Jason approaches the sinister secret that made the boring Whitneys so deadly dangerous. And if he is not very careful, that terrible secret could coil back and strike him.......
|Title||:||Little Neighborhood Murder|
|Format Type||:||Mass Market Paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||219 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Little Neighborhood Murder Reviews
This is the first book in one of those mystery series that I like so much that I read them over and over again. The author's real name is Sheri S. Tepper, who is better known for her science fiction and fantasy novels. The strength of these mysteries is the well-drawn, engaging, intelligent main characters: Jason Lynx, who deals in antiques and interior design, and his love interest, police detective Grace Willis. There's also a good, twisty mystery plot involving murders and bombs, and the writing is excellent.Tepper's mysteries have less of the preachiness that is often found in her science fiction, which is one reason why I prefer them. I'm looking forward to rereading the second book in this series, because Grace's big Maine coon cat, Critter, is introduced in it. If you enjoy this series, you might also want to give Tepper's Shirley McClintock whodunits, written under the name B.J. Oliphant, a try. Since both series are out of print, you'll have to look for used copies, which apparently are not too hard to find.
Jason and Grace together solving this mystery was a fun read. It kind of reminds me of the Nancy Drew books I loved as a child. Except, these are grown up ones where it is a bit more thought provoking. I enjoyed how the little pieces all came together.
Very enjoyable and intricately plotted. But I thought the ending was too tidy; all the loose ends were wrapped up, including those unrelated to the murder, within a couple pages of each other.
"A good start to a series. I like the character of Jason Lynx, who is not a professional detective of ant kind, merely an antiques dealer who enjoys puzzles. This puzzle starts with the murder of his neighbors, and subsequent investigation by both the police and Jason, in very divergent methods. [return][return]The gradual reveal of the neighbors' activities, the secrets inside their house as well as in their jobs and other activities, is a pleasure to read. The side plot of Jason's relationship with the police detective is a nice touch, not overdone and quite believable. I also enjoy that instead of having a very light and inconsequential tone, as most cozies do, this book managed to convey a quiet melancholy, very suitable to Jason's still grieving widowhood."
Actuallly...only half a star. Did not enjoy at all.
First in the series, with a hero is an interior designer/antique dealer. Set in Colorado, but not too much local scenery, mores the pity.
mystery set in the southwest