Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mix-Up In Miniature-Margaret Grace

Mix-Up In Miniature

Margaret Grace

Perseverance, Apr 2 2012, $15.95

ISBN 9781564745101

In Lincoln Point, California, retired teacher Geraldine “Gerry” Porter and popular romance novelist Varena Young meet and become friends. Varena owns a large miniatures collection; so when the library hosts an auction to raise funds, she donates a valuable museum-quality Georgian mansion dollhouse.

Gerry is at Varena’s mansion when she overhears her host argue with an unknown male. The maid tells Gerry that the man is her employer’s brother. Not long afterward someone murders Varena. The police question Gerry, who tells them she overheard a fight between the victim and her sibling. However, the cops explain there is no brother. With her trusty eleven year old sidekick Maddie and her granddaughter accompanying her, Gerry investigates to prove her innocence starting with the clue in the secret room of an antique dollhouse.

The latest Miniature Mystery (see Mourning In Miniature and Monster In Miniature) is a wonderful cozy starring a dynamic amateur sleuth team trying to prove Gerry’s innocence. The fast-paced storyline is lighthearted fun as the geriatric and the tweener escort readers on a room by room tour of dollhouses in their search for clues.

Harriet Klausner

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