Malice in Miniature: A Miniature Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Feb 3 2009
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About the Author
Margaret Grace is the pen name of Camille Minichino, the author of short stories, articles, and more than twenty mystery novels.They include the Miniature series, the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries (as Ada Madison), and the new Postmistress series (as Jean Flowers). She s past president of Northern California MWA, Northern California Sisters in Crime, and the Mt. Diablo California Writers Club. She teaches science at Golden Gate University, and writing at Bay Area schools. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Geraldine Potter is a crafty miniaturist who knows her way around the world of small stuff." -- Susan Wittig Albert
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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.
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.