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A Body at Book Club

By: Elizabeth Spann Craig
Narrated by: Lia Frederick
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Summary

When octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover discovers Naomi Pelter's dead body during a book club meeting, the other members seem shocked. But Myrtle can read between the lines. Naomi had riled everyone up by flirting with other people's husbands, arguing with neighbors, and generally making a nuisance of herself. Murdering troublemakers is the oldest trick in the book.

The book club members seem too sweet to be killers, but Myrtle knows better than to judge books by their covers. Myrtle's investigation into the murder will take a more novel approach than her police chief son's by-the-book methods. Can Myrtle and her widower sidekick uncover the killer...before he writes them off for good?

©2014 Elizabeth Spann Craig (P)2014 Elizabeth Spann Craig

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"She's no kidnapper, she's my mother. "

A deliciously silly who-dun-it? with great characters and good conversation. The mother of the policeman, Red Clover, is an interfering old busybody who refuses to do as he requests to keep safe. Consequently, when one of the members turns up dead at the local book club meeting, Myrtle Clover goes into full investigative action, aided by her somewhat more sensible 'side kick' Miles. But the main concern is the missing feral cat, Pasha.

Although the mystery is itself improbable - though I'm sure people have been killed for far less - it is the cranky characters and excellent dialogue that make this story so appealing. And the narrator, Lia Frederick does full justice to both. Her voice is warm, clear and well intoned. Her character voices are distinct, appropriate and very much add to the personalities of the protagonists. This is a lightweight, easy to read, fun story and recommended for fending away tedious times and bring a little day of (grumpy) sunshine into the reader's life.

This is the first book in the Myrtle Clover series that I have read and it will most definitely not be my last: number six in the listings but it is not dependant on having read any of the earlier books. And this was a freely gifted complimentary copy which I downloaded from FABC. My thanks to the rights holder who made this available to anyone who requested it.
Great fun. An elderly sleuth with a touch of the Victor Meldrews.

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Book clubs have never been so dangerous

Elizabeth Spann Craig has done it again, another very funny and entertaining mystery for Myrtle Clover to investigate. I am really enjoying this series and I am so glad I discovered it. Each book is a stand alone but I just love the recurring characters that I would recommend you start with book one so you don't miss a second of this brilliant series. As I said the characters are fun and I really like the fact that Myrtle is an octogenarian and uses that fact to her advantage. The supporting cast of characters are just as entertaining and I can very easily see it being turned into a T.V show. Move over Jessica Fletcher, Myrtle Clover is here to stay.
Myrtle and Miles attend a book club meeting only to discover a dead body before it has even begun.The police Chief, who just happens to be Myrtle's son Red thinks Myrtle should stay out of the investigation because being a member of the club she is too close to the most likely suspects. But that is precisely why she is perfect for the job, everybody knows her and will talk to her and when Myrtle's cat Pasha gets chased by some dogs and goes missing this provides the perfect time to question the suspects as she hands out missing flyers. The murder weapon leads them to there first clue, the garden club had only just had a talk about poisonous mushrooms. Unfortunately Myrtle had skipped that meeting but could the garden club dinner have provided the opportunity for the killer? Then another body is found. Cam Myrtle catch the killer and find he cat all before she becomes another victim like Red fears? Or before Red gets her carted of to a retirement home?
I really like the narrator and think she does a good job with both the elderly and young voices that are needed to make this story so much fun.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Cassie
  • 19-12-21

The Book Club is Finally Interesting

Another day, another murder. At least, that's how it is in the small town of Bradley, North Carolina. In this sixth installment, Myrtle Clover finds yet another body. This time, it is the body of Naomi Pelter, one of the few eligible single women in the town. And though she seems all sugar, there's some spice underneath her charming exterior. That's probably why she ended up dead.

Myrtle hardly knew Naomi, despite her living in her neighborhood. When Red, Myrtle's police chief son, confirms that it is murder, Myrtle is determined once again to beat him and the state police to the answer. But things aren't so easy for Myrtle, especially once she begins to wade through the town's gossip mill to try and uncover motives. And as she gets closer to the answer, another body turns up. Now Myrtle must hurry to discover who the killer is before she's the next to turn up dead.

This Myrtle Clover book is one of the funniest that I have read. The climax had me crying I was laughing so hard. Yet the book managed to keep the tension at a nice, steady hum while I was laughing. The relationship between Miles and Myrtle is so sweet and it grows even more in this book. Their friendship is one reason I love reading this series. They are so different, yet they complement each other very well.

If you liked the other Myrtle Clover books, this is a great book to read. The mystery is exciting, the drama delightful, and Myrtle has as much spunk as ever. This book is one of the most fun reads I've had this year. If you want some laughter with your suspense and drama, this is the Myrtle Clover book for you.

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  • Debbie
  • 07-09-16

Flirting with Disaster

Myrtle and Miles are at it again when flirting Naomi Pelter's dead body is found at a Book Club meeting . . . when Red lets it slip that Naomi was poisoned, the amateur detectives go to work . . . the book club members seem innocent enough . . . and BORING enough, too . . . and Myrtle and Miles set their plans into motion to get the club on to some better reading choices . . . murder, bad books, plus Pasha, Myrtle's feral cat has disappeared . . . which has Myrtle an emotional mess (more than she wants anyone to know) . . . Miss Myrtle's capers kept me smiling . . . and once again she wins out over her son, Red, in his attempt to send her to the Greener Pastures Retirement Home . . .

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  • SpokaneBecky
  • 08-01-23
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Best one yet...

Funny. Best book yet. This retired teacher is tired of the book club choosing vapid works that murder the English language, but when another murder takes place, it will take all her learned sleuthing skills to survive finding out who did it.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 03-08-20
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Enjoyable, full of humor with good narration, sets the plot in a small town with a retired English teacher. She loves gardening and decorating with the gnomes. When a body is found murder at the book club. She knows there is a killer among them,the deceased was flirting with too many husbands. she is more than ready to solve. . The narration was good, clear voice and added to this story. Good series. Given audio for my voluntary review