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The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers by Harold Davis
Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
Say No to Murder by Nancy Pickard
Sentenced to Death by Lorna Barrett
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Say No to Murder: 10/04/17

Say No to Murder by Nancy Pickard

Say No to Murder by Nancy Pickard is the second of the Jenny Cain mysteries. When I read the first book, the series was relatively new, only on its fourth of ten books. I however, ended up waiting eighteen years to read the second, twenty years after the series ended.

The Jenny Cain series is set in a small New England town, equivalent in scope to Cabot Cove, Maine, home of J. B. Fletcher. Keep in mind, too, that the two series were concurrent and New England was the place to set a cozy back then. More recently it seems that Colorado has risen to the top of the list.

The book opens with Jenny and the other members of the Liberty Harbor Restoration committee standing on a dock for a ribbon cutting. Out of nowhere, a car comes tearing down the hill leading through town to the dock. They dive into the water and the car goes into as well and the driver ends up dead.

Doesn't that just sound like the start of a Murder She Wrote? The remainder of the book is in keeping with the cozy tropes of the time. If you've read a series or two or watched a mystery series from the 1970s or 1980s, the identity of the murder and their motive are both easy enough to figure out.

Three stars

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