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.