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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (April 18 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312334109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312334109
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,352,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Where is the series headed? June 4 2006
By John S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Torie's from the first book. However, after finishing this one, I'm left wondering if the author wouldn't be better off wrapping things up here for the O'Sheas, and introducing a new protaginist; I wouldn't mind at all if that were Collette, by the way. I found the antics here a bit over-the-top, but don't want to say much more for fear of spoiling things. Much is made of Rudy's perceived "henpecked" (to use the polite term) status among the townspeople, but I had trouble buying into that based upon what we've seen in the series so far.

One thing that wasn't addressed before, and is not in this book either: Colin lives in Wisteria and runs for New Kassel mayor!? Even *if* there were no actual residency requirement for that position, you'd think it'd be a huge issue nonetheless. I would really like to know whether other readers noticed this issue, and if so, did it bother you, too - or were you able to work around it to get through the story?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
ANOTHER ADDITION TO A GREAT SERIES. Sept. 11 2008
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is yet another addition to one of my favorite series of cozy mysteries. As with her previous novels, Ms. MacPherson has proven once again that she is a master story teller and is able to give her readers much reading pleasure. This work was just a bit different that some of her previous works though. I found that not to be a bad thing, but did have to adjust my mood just a bit.

Torie is her busy self in this story and continues to have her fingers in just about ever in her small home town on the river. To be quite frank, her business and busybody ways reach almost a manic state in this one; between family, town projects, building a new house, running the village museum, dealing with children and pets, and of course her genealogy projects. Torie is asked to research the family background of the two men running for mayor. The first is her old enemy and neighbor, the current mayor, who hates Torie and hates her chickens. The second is her father-in-law, Sheriff Brooke, whose relationship with Torie is shaky, at best, at times. Colin has decided to hang his badge up and become major.

While digging into the current mayor's past, Bill Castlereagh, she finds some disturbing facts...or are they facts? The more Mrs. O'Shea digs, the more the mystery deepens.

Three areas that I found to be a bit different in this one are that there was a bit more violence than is the norm for MacPherson's books. This is not extreme violence, to be sure, but violence never-the-less. I also detected a slight change in Torie's behavior. She has always been rather aggressive, but now I see signs of her using her money and position in the town to sort of push her weight around. Thirdly, there is a bit of marital strife, to the extent we have not seen before. Again, nothing big, but it is still there, like it or not.

Overall the book is well written, is a good story and a joy to read. Most of the old characters are still there and there are a few new ones thrown in for good measure. If you want a nice and relaxing read, then this is one you certainly should consider. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a disappointment Dec 21 2009
By gleem - Published on Amazon.com
This book definitely has a different tone than all the preceeding stories in this series. I did not care for the change. There was too much dissension between Torie and her husband. And why were so many people gossiping about their previously beloved and accepted Town Historian all of a sudden? Torie's mother was hardly mentioned and she was a great character in the previous stories. Also the violence level was definitely increased which I did not appreciate. The ending was very rushed and incomplete. Is this series loosing it's punch? If so--what a disappointment. The previous eight books were a real pleasure.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of the better one's June 1 2006
By M.V. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was pretty good, although there didn't seem to be a murder for quite sometime, more of a disappearance. I did like the interaction of the characters, even Torie's reaction to her husband and stepfather (will not spoil it by going into detail). Gave the character's more life. I am hoping Collette will settle in New Kasel, I love this character and liked the way she turned into somewhat of a side kick for Torie. I feel this is a series that should be started at the beginning and read in order. Several characters that are mentioned in this book could make it confusing to a first time readers. Don't worry though, you will enjoy reading all the books in this series. Highly recommended.
Adding politics to the mystery May 31 2014
By Karen S. Lebeter - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a more energetic book than her others. Torie is in charge of the historical society, dealing with her kids, and trying to build a new house. She is dealing with the politics of a small town, and then she is asked to do genealogies on the 2 men running for mayor. As usual, you will learn a few things about researching a family tree and how politics can really complicate your life. There is still the usual mystery and how to solve it and some humor but a lot more about politics and power struggles in a small town. If you have ever had to move and/or build a house, you will find a lot to identify with here.


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