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Guns and Roses: An Irish Eyes Travel Mystery Set in Colonial Williamsburg [Large Print] [Paperback]

Taffy Cannon
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December 2001 Thorndike Paperback
Strange things are happening on the History and Gardens of Virginia Tour. Are they odd misadventures? Harmless pranks? Or does somebody have murder in mind? Ex-Texas cop Roxanne Prescott thought she'd moved into a more genteel line of work, leading the well-heeled on educational tours for her aunt's travel agency. But as the group, which she has mentally nicknamed the Guns and Roses Tour, moves from Mount Vernon to Monticello, a practical joker targets the tourists. In Colonial Williamsburg the pranks escalate with deadly results. Roxanne must figure out which of her group is a killer hiding behind a genial facade.

Guns and Roses is a cozy mystery with an edge, first in a new series about the Irish Eyes Travel Agency. Author Taffy Cannon's knowledge of the South and her acerbic wit enliven this classic closed-circle-of-suspects mystery.

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Cannon, author of five novels (including three mysteries in the Nan Robinson series: Class Reunions Are Murder, etc.), kicks off a new series with a clever cozy that will appeal to every crime fan who's an armchair traveler. Following the death of her partner at an Austin, Tex., crime scene, former policewoman Roxanne Prescott attempts to start a new career as a guide for her aunt's upscale tour business, the Irish Eyes Travel Agency. Leading a group of well-to-do folk on a tour of Virginia's historic sites--the Guns and Roses tour, as Roxanne likes to think of it--proves to be no picnic. As the group moves from Mount Vernon south to Fredericksburg, Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg, what at first seem accidents escalate into practical jokes, malicious pranks, possible kidnapping and death. Unprepared for such trouble, Roxanne has her hands full, trying to pacify angry sightseers, prevent further accidents and discover who is seeking to jeopardize the tour and her aunt's business. Cannon deftly reveals character in a series of opening vignettes; every group member, not least Roxanne herself, is a distinct, credible individual. The author also shows a sure touch in evoking settings, in particular the restored Colonial Williamsburg. After a satisfying resolution, enough questions remain open to justify a sequel. Cannon's readers should look forward to that. (Mar.)
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Temporarily on leave, policewoman, Roxanne Prescott has descided to work for her aunt as a a tour leader. The current group, comprising the usual range of mystery suspects with hidden conflicts and agendas, seems plagued by a series of pranks, ranging from doggy poop hiddem in suitcases to errant leeches. Once they reach Williamsburg, however, murder threatens the existence of her aunt's company. Roxanne's training will out, though, and save the day. A nicely orchestrated plot, authentic Williamsburg surroundings, predictable characters, and a touch of humor; for most collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to more Irish Eyes Tour books April 20 2002
Roxanne Prescott is a shell-shocked ex-cop from Austin who fled to California after her partner was killed.
With time on her hands, she decides to try her had at being a tour guide. Her aunt, Maureen O'Malley, owns Irish Eyes Travel agency. When O'Malley comes down with chicken pox three days before the 'Guns and Roses' tour of colonial America departs, Roxanne joins O'Malley's staff.
The trip through history is not without its own peril. A woman slips and breaks her ankle at a cocktail party. Salt and sugar are swapped from their respectful holders, causing much consternation to the surprised guests. Late night phone calls make people cranky. And that's before they ever make it to their final destination, Williamsburg.
Roxanne is at a loss to explain the pranks, but her investigative skills are a blessing when the ultimate prank goes seriously awry.
I like Roxanne and the concept of a mystery series based on a travel agency.
This is my second Taffy Cannon book, but it won't be my last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Suspenseful Tour Aug. 13 2001
Ex-cop Roxanne Prescott is not quite prepared for her first assignment leading a tour for her aunt's company alone. But when her aunt gets sick, she accepts the Battlefields and Gardens of Virginia tour, which she dubs Guns and Roses. Things turn disastrous right from the start with one prank after another. Everyone from the new millionaires to the newly weds falls victim. But when the tour reaches Williamsburg, things turn deadly.
Taffy Cannon has written a wonderful book in what I hope will be a new series. The plot was quite tangled, and only near the end did I get any inkling what was going on. The characters were fun, and while some might have been a little stereotypical, they served their purpose well. The story brought Williamsburg to life, and I can't wait to visit. It was also interesting to see some of the behind the scenes working of a town devoted to tourists. The author switches view point characters on a regular basis, which adds another layer to this mystery.
I recommend this enjoyable mystery to anyone who likes a good puzzle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry for Cannon Fodor Aug. 31 2000
By A Customer
This is not my favorite Taffy Cannon book. But since it's the only one still in print it will be your favorite. (Actually I believe some of Cannon's earlier works are being re-released on the strength of Guns and Roses).This mystery is a genuine page turner. Taffy Cannon has landed on a premise with promise. And you are there at the inception of what I guess will be a most successful string of travelogue mysteries for this witty and engagingly wry observer of the human condition. The nice absurdities in Cannon's suspects play against the prim and proper setting of Williamsburg's most staid plantation estates. Even the smallest of slights are humorously portrayed as an affront to our civilized dignity - as though we had any. This mystery is an easy going read with delightfully wicked asides tossed in like well aimed daggers. Lay the groundwork and read Guns and Roses. Because heroine Roxanne Prescott is set to evolve into one tough tour guide. You'd like to be able to say you were on the bus first!
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1.0 out of 5 stars An unrealistic novel...told and not shown July 11 2000
By "mdh73"
In her terribly predictable and tedious GUNS AND ROSES, Taffy Cannon comments on "how little people actually knew about life only 200 years ago" in Colonial Williamsburg. As a former Williamsburg resident, I was amazed about how little Cannon knows about Williamsburg today. Her setting in Williamsburg and other parts of Virginia is so far off that I wonder if Cannon has actually ever been there herself. Instead, it seems like she got ahold of a Fodor's guide and used it as her sole material for setting.
The story in GUNS AND ROSES is so predictable that, after I had figured out "whodunnit" almost as soon as the culprit was introduced, I continued reading only to see (or to hope) that I was wrong. The suspense, like the setting, is artificial as Cannon choses to ignore the writers' rule of "show, don't tell."
Roxanne, the cop-turned-sleuth/tour guide, spends most of the novel missing her life on the force. I only hope that she is a more interesting policewoman than central character. Cannon's tale is made up of one dimensional, stock characters (the nouveau riche trailor trash, the elegant southern women, the gold diggers, etc etc etc). In fact, there was only one character that I found interesting--Heather, the 11year old American Girls fan. And even Heather seems unrealistic as an 11 year old girl who totes a doll around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating new series Feb. 20 2000
If she thinks like a police officer, talks like a police officer, and acts like a police officer, logically one would conclude she must be a police officer. Not! Roxanne Prescott is a former San Antonio police officer. She grew disenchanted with her job, especially after a perpetrator gunned down her partner. Now she earns a living as a tour guide for a California travel agency.

Her first solo trip is guiding wealthy patrons on the "History and Gardens of Virginia Tour." However, her former occupation's skills are needed on this "Guns and Roses" tour as someone makes life difficult for the participants. It starts with childish pranks that turn criminal with the abduction of a child. Roxanne thinks the unknown assailant has a deadly agenda that she plans to stop.

GUNS AND ROSES is the opening installment of a fascinating new mystery series. Taffy Cannon provides the audience with a refreshing and likable lead character who is at the crossroads of her life. Roxanne begins to understand that she can take herself out of the police force, but she cannot take the police force out of herself. The mystery is loaded with viable suspects that will keep the reader switching their decision as to which one is the actual killer. The audience will desire a quick release of the next tale in what looks to be a winning series.

Harriet Klausner
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