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  • Pretty Is as Pretty Dies

  • A Myrtle Clover Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Spann Craig
  • Narrated by: Judy Blue
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Pretty Is as Pretty Dies

By: Elizabeth Spann Craig
Narrated by: Judy Blue
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Summary

No one in Bradley, North Carolina, is exactly crying into their sweet tea over the murder of Parke Stockard. Certainly not retired schoolteacher Myrtle Clover.

Upon discovering the corpse, Myrtle is struck - not with grief, but a brilliant idea! Solving the murder would prove to everyone - especially her son Red, the police chief - that this 80-something-year-old is still as sharp as a tack. Heck, going from crosswords to crime investigations isn't such a stretch.

The old biddies of Bradley can waste away in blissful stagnation, but Myrtle's not ready to be put out to pasture just yet. The victim, a pretty but pushy town developer, had deep pockets and few friends. Myrtle can't throw one of her gaudy garden gnomes without hitting a potential suspect. Even when another murder takes place, proud Myrtle forges on - armed only with a heavy cane, a venomous tongue, and a widower sidekick.

©2013 Elizabeth Spann Craig (P)2020 Elizabeth Spann Craig

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A pretty good book

I have loved the previous books in the series, so was pleased to see the very first book had made its way to audio. I loved starting at the beginning and finding out how Myrtle and Miles becomes the crime fighting dream team that they are. It is a great start to what has proved to be one of my favourite series, one that is always good for a laugh and is the type of book you can listen to in any order and listen to it again and again. What is even better most of the characters that I love are there right from the start. I also enjoyed the way Red thinks he is pulling the wool over Myrtle by sending her off on a wild goose chase so she doesn't get into trouble, guess how that turned out for him.
Myrtle Clover is board of crosswords they are far to easy, so when she finds a dead body she decides that by solving the murder before the police and more importantly her son the police chief it would prove once and for all that she still has what it takes and doesn't need to move into a retirement home. The problem is with so many people hating the bossy rich woman the Murtle needs a sidekick to watch her back. With her daughter in law fun ragged after a three year old, a French student that doesn't speak English, a Book club that wants to discuss murder instead of books and a husband that didn't get his morning coffee, Myrtle might just have to find help else where and before the killer starts an interest in her.
I like the narrator. The author has used several different narrator's while trying to find the right voice for Myrtle and I am glad she has decided on Judy Blue as she is perfect for the job.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Beatrice
  • 06-12-20

Fun and entertaining

I love this series. Myrtle is brilliant and Miles as a reluctant sidekick adds to the humor. I have read all of the books in this series and I'm enjoying them again for a second time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-10-22

very good

Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! good overall

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  • Cassie
  • 09-09-22

A New Adventure

I haven’t read many mysteries lately, but when I read the premise for this series, I dove into this first book eagerly. The main character is in her eighties, and her sidekick, which she chooses halfway through, is seventy. This unusual combination for a new sleuth and her sidekick is brilliant, and I was not disappointed by the story.

Myrtle Clover is an excellent protagonist, and her age actually works for her. She isn’t the most active detective, but she is sharp and fun to read about. Because she is in her eighties, she gets to say things that a younger detective could never get away with. Her bite is great, and so entertaining. And it is her wanting to get revenge on her son, police chief Red, for signing her up for volunteer work without her consent that leads to her desire to solve the unusual murder case and start off on a new path. Myrtle and her sidekick, Miles, proves that you’re never too old to take up a new hobby!

The mystery was fantastic. The characters are vivid and diverse, and the small town vibe is exactly right. Within a tight-knit community, the murder stirs folks to talk about the terrible crime, even if nobody did like the initial victim. There are a lot of secrets bubbling under the surface of the pleasant southern town, and as Myrtle digs deeper into the mystery, she begins to see the ugly side of people’s lives. And as she gets closer to unearthing the truth, things become dangerous for her.

Myrtle is a great character. As an example of her spunk and peculiar nature, she uses her vast collection of lawn gnomes to express her displeasure toward her son. This book is a great, cozy mystery, and I am definitely going to read more of the series when I get the chance. Elizabeth Craig has created a vibrant small town that many will relate to. If you like a good mystery with none of the adult themes that make so many books less enjoyable, this is the book for you. Join in with an old English teacher with a grudge against her son race to beat the police to the answer of the mystery. You won’t regret it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-22

Boredom is as death does

This book gives inspiration to the bord of all ages especially the seniors as to new hobbies.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 10-03-21

Excellent

Myrtle likes crosswords, now thinking no different then solving a crime. Delightful and good narration. Given audio for my voluntary review