Originally posted Thursday, July 23, 2009
This was a new cosy author for me, although this book was copyright 2000. The style is reminiscent of Tamar Myers or Mary Daheim, with a smart but clumsy and hilarious heroine, Tori Miracle. I quite enjoyed this quick and complicated murder mystery, which takes place in a small town named Lickin Creek, Pennsylvania, where Tori has arrived from New York to fill in for the editor of the local paper. A town full of quirky characters who are about to put on a traditional Civil War reenactment. Naturally things go horribly wrong and with her boyfriend the Sheriff out of town it looks like Tori will have to do a lot of digging to prove that the wrong man has been arrested by the temporary sheriff. There are lots of red herrings, and lots of sticky buns, for which the town is famous, recipe included. It was a good read, a nice break from heavier fiction, and I will be watching to see if I can find any more of Valerie Malmont’s books. An enjoyable murder mystery and interesting bits of history blended in, including some interesting information on antique carousels.