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Malice in Miniature: A Miniature Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Margaret Grace

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Book Description

Feb. 3 2009 Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries
Good mysteries come in Miniature packages.

Miniaturist Geraldine?s nephew arrests a local for murdering her boyfriend. Enlisted to help find the real culprit, Gerry comes upon criminal artists who wish she?d mind her own tiny business.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (Feb. 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425225585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425225585
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #809,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gerry and Maddie, the budding sleuths, are at it again! March 5 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Geraldine "Gerry" Porter had been an English teacher for twenty-seven years, but since she retired she was busier than ever. The excitement and satisfaction picked up a few notches when her son Richard decided to relocate his little family to Lincoln Point. Richard was an orthopedic surgeon and his wife Mary Lou was a talented artist, but the real love of Gerry's life was that little redheaded Porter, Maddie. She was an eleven-year-old tomboy, but that didn't stop her from enjoying dollhouse miniature crafts and, as her mother claimed, solving cases with her grandmother. If anyone had dibs on big time bragging rights in Lincoln, it was Gerry.

Gerry and Maddie were seasoned sleuths and had previously solved a couple of cases in Margaret Grace's (Camille Minichino) Miniature Mystery Series. In Malice in Miniature they would be facing their most challenging one to date. Gerry was in the process of making a miniature room box for the President's Day library raffle. With Maddie helping it would be a surefire hit. If they thought the small stuff was hard she would soon in for a big surprise!

June Chinn, who knew about Gerry's reputation as a budding sleuth, would soon need her help big time. Her best friend Zoe had been arrested for the murder of her boyfriend Brad Goodman. Things got kinky really quick. Skip Gowen, homicide detective, June's boyfriend and Gerry's nephew had made the arrest. Zoe Howard's prints were on that knife and she looked guilty. Real guilty. Things were getting very strange in Lincoln Point. She'd even been caught on film slashing up paintings. More than X-acto knives were being used in town . . . there was that big one stuck in the chest of a raccoon in June's driveway too. Gerry and Maddie had to turn away from the miniature world to the big time redoubtable world of murder. It looked like Zoe would be headed for the slammer permanently, but was she really the guilty one?

Mary Grace is a wonderful writer, but I was anticipating a real thriller with many twists and turns in Malice in Miniature and was somewhat disappointed and distracted with all the extraneous detail I encountered in the book. The crime 'n grime was excellent, but the clues were so far apart the book couldn't hold my interest. There was no tension in the storyline and everything just seemed to fall into place in the last couple of chapters.
5.0 out of 5 stars headline Jan. 22 2014
By mystified - Published on
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I like this book, would recommend it to anyone that enjoys mysteries & that is why I gave it a five star rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop reading it BUT... So much for her splinter. Feb. 28 2013
By Nancy Nagler - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not the world's best writer. I am reading this in spite of my many other books. There is a fair amount of unnecessary paragraphs, some silly flaws that a quick check on-line would have prevented, (and then there are those asides). I can't be real hard on the author. I have my own problems writing (pick one, any one) Now she's go me doing it.
I enjoy the book well enough to continue to read it, something I did NOT do with the novelization of 'Dances with Wolves". Several suspects have been introduced slowly through the book. I like the parts where she talks about the world of miniatures. It takes some serious money and/or nimble fingers and inventiveness to do the craft and the preparations for Lincoln's birthday as well as learning some about the town.
There is something missing though. But having many of the same problems myself, I'm not sure what they are. Tightening up seems to be the first step. There are a number of places that get repeated a bit too many times.

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