Several days behind, but still determined to do my one review a week (or am I now a week behind?…never mind), here I am with my review of Margaret Grace’s new mystery, MURDER IN MINIATURE. For those of you not in the know, Margaret Grace is the pen name of Camille Minichino, well known for her popular Periodic Table mysteries featuring witty physicist Gloria Lamerino. I’ve been lucky to meet Camille/Margaret through Sisters in Crime and, like the other writers I’ve met recently, she’s as witty and fun in person as she is as a writer.
Murder in Miniature is the first entry in Margaret’s new Miniature Mystery series, featuring recently widowed Geraldine Porter, retired and now able to devote her time to her favorite craft, building miniatures. Gerry is juggling chairing the local Dollhouse and Miniature fair while babysitting her precocious granddaughter when a troubled friend and fellow miniaturist goes missing. Murder quickly follows and Gerry is drawn into the thick of things against her own better judgment, not to mention that of her nephew Skip, who just happens to be on the local police force.
And that’s all the plot you’re getting from me ’cause I don’t want any spoilers here!
Gerry is a likable heroine. Her grief at the loss of her husband, protectiveness towards her granddaughter, and desire to be a good friend, whether or not some of her friends deserve her loyalty, give her a core of believable vulnerability. The character of the granddaughter is precocious without being irritating; she just happens to be smarter than most kids her age and yet still easily bribable with pizza and ice cream. The cast of suspects gives the reader plenty of possible perps to choose from and you’re kept guessing through most of the book.
My favorite parts, though, were the loving and detailed description of the miniature construction, from how to make DVDs and books for a miniature library to using the little white ‘tables’ in delivery pizzas as the inspiration for an Italian restaurant miniature. Grace gives the reader an insight into the mind of a miniaturist and how every day items (‘found’ items) are seen for their potential and given new life. Absolutely fascinating stuff and guaranteed to make readers think twice before throwing anything away!
…will take place tomorrow night at approximately 7:00pm Pacific Standard Time. I’m compiling the lists from my lovely blog hosts, must type it up, cut the names into separate strips of paper, then put ’em in my handy dandy fedora, stir ’em up, and pull out the winners. Whew! I’ll be posting the winners on my blog as soon as I finish the drawing and will also send the names to the seven hosts so they can post the winners as well if they so desire.
Thanks again to everyone who followed the tour, whether or not you left comments! And a huge thanks to Elysabeth, Dani, Kat, Blaize, Nessa, Mr. Fab and Redzilla! You all rock (can I stil say that at my age?) and made this experience a fantastic first blog tour for me!
And now to sip some very lovely Rosenblum Abba Syrah and read the rest of DARK TIDE by Elizabeth Forrest…
I spent my three day weekend writing up all the posts for my Blog Book Tour for (get ready for shameless self-promotion here) my murder mystery MURDER FOR HIRE: The Peruvian Pigeon. By me. Dana Fredsti.
Google alert? Are you paying attention? Pingoat? Say you’re there!
I have not had such a focused period of writing for ages. It felt great, but dang me, my fingers hurt!
I’m saving my big thank you email till the end of my tour, but I just have to say that my blog hosts and their blogs are all awesome. Or is ‘awesome’ too late ’70s/early ’80s an expression? Oh well, too bad! ‘Cause they are. Please scroll down a post and check out the tour schedule, bookmark those blogs and visit them often!
I’m currently reading Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff. She writes urban fantasy/supernatural..er…not romance, but…well…okay, I don’t know what genre this is. But she’s now up there with Barbara Hambly as one of my favorite writers. The books are funny, horrific, smart, and just plain fun to read. My favorite line to date in reference to a character who’s a vampire (I’m paraphrasing here ’cause I left the book at work): ‘Henry wore his blandest expression; blood wouldn’t clot in his mouth.’ I laughed out loud when I read that. On the Muni. People moved away from me on the train.
I just finished Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement and give it two thumbs up for mystery afficianados and animal lovers alike. It’s easy to tell the author has spent a lot of time with dogs and cats and an equal amount of time honing her writing skills. Can’t wait to start the second one in the series!
Speaking of series… Time for me to get to work on MURDER FOR HIRE: The Big Snooze!