A Plague Among Us
A Chautauqua Murder Mystery
by Deb Pines
September 1-30, 2021 Tour
A sister suspects foul play. She wonders why Al was cremated in a hurry.
The police stay out of it.
So it takes reporter and relentless snoop Mimi Goldman to try to find which of Al's haters— including an estranged wife, three bitter siblings, a secretive caregiver, old enemies and the many targets of Al's poison-pen sarcasm—might be a ruthless killer.
The novel, No. 8 in a series called “an Agatha Christie for the text-message age,” once again offers page-turning suspense. Wit. And the unforgettable setting of Chautauqua, a quirky, churchy, lakeside, Victorian cottage-filled summer arts community that launched an adult-education movement Teddy Roosevelt called “the most American thing in America.”
Kirkus Reviews calls A Plague Among Us “an intriguing and engaging crime tale” and “enjoyable novel” with “captivating characters.”
This is a fun cozy mystery for readers who like elderly female amateur sleuths, geezer gumshoes as a husband calls them. And I really liked that this mystery actually takes place during the COVID pandemic. In fact, the wearing of masks prevents a suspect from being outed as being someone other than who she claims. And the murder itself is first diagnosed as a death from COVID. It takes the relentless Mimi to to show otherwise.
I always like to learn something when I read fiction. This novel contains some really interesting facts about previous plagues, provided as the content of some local lectures, online, of course. About mandating vaccine, for example, I found out Massachusetts mandated the smallpox vaccine. The case of a resister went all the way to the Supreme court, where he lost. (1114/2361) The WHO declared smallpox eradicated in 1980.
This is a good cozy mystery for elderly readers. You'll be entertained by the geezer gumshoes and you will learn some very interesting information about plagues.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: KDP
Publication Date: July 1, 2021
Number of Pages: 280
Series: Mimi Goldman Chautauqua Mysteries, Book 8 | Each book can be read as a Stand-Alone Mystery
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads
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A former reporter, Deb is also a lover of puns, show tunes and indoor cycling. She lives in New York City with her husband Dave.
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