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Book Review - Death by Misadventure - E. E. Smith

Sunday, December 29, 2013


This is definitely a worthwhile read-and a fast one I might add! A murder mystery perfect for when you have an hour or so to cuddle up and enjoy a good story. The time frame is just after WWII when women were not supposed to be much more then nurses, teachers etc. Our heroine, Alexie, is a private investigator who is not doing too well mainly because she is a female. Then in walks an old classmate from high school who wants her to find the missing husband, Frank and "Daisy" who is assumed to be a child. Of course the fact that this "old friend" wants this husband killed does not sit too well--but heck--she needs the money and figures maybe she can warn Frank and stop the death from occurring. And she is worried about the child who has been abducted by her father. So off to England she goes (Frank's last known whereabouts). Of course you know Scotland Yard is going to get involved along with one of their detectives who is fast falling for our PI and is determined to keep her safe. As in any good old fashioned story based in England there is the resident ghost----------Not all turns out the way you might think it will and there is just enough comic relief to make me give this a 5 star rating! This is the first in a series.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

The sign on her office door reads “ALEXIS J. SMITH - Discreet Inquiries,” but a new client of her fledgling detective agency seems to think it means Murder Incorporated. The client, one Kate Faraday, is a former schoolmate (Sacramento High, class of ‘41) who wants to hire Lexie to find her husband, Frank. During their initial interview it becomes clear that she doesn't want him back “dead or alive,” she wants him dead!
If it were anyone else, the intrepid young private investigator would never have taken the job, but there is a problem. Lexie herself has been in love with Frank ever since they were all together in high school. She makes a desperate decision to find him and warn him of his wife’s mad intentions.
She travels to England and finds Frank staying at a quaint country inn called The Old Vicarage, next to a little Norman church still haunted by a 12th Century ghost. What she discovers reveals a woman bent on vengeance, not only on her husband, but on Lexie, as well. Are they both marked for murder? How all this plays out, and culminates in a shoot-out at The Old Vicarage, is the climax of the story—but not the end.

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About the Author: (from Psychology Today)


Playwright E. E. Smith has written numerous plays including Playtime in London; Boardinghouse Stew; Wartime Recipes; The Temperate Zone (based on Edith Wharton's short story); Ghost Writers (based on two stories by Wharton and Henry James), among many others. Her plays have been performed throughout the country. A New Edition of her first novel, Boardinghouse Stew, along with the sequel, Times LikeThese, was published in the fall of 2011 by Phoenix International, Inc. A memoir, In Love and War, followed in 2012. A new series of murder mysteries debuted in 2013. The first is titled Death by Misadventure.

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14 comments :

GossipMoms said...

I think I would have to check this book out, my daughter my try to read it before me lol

Masshole Mommy said...

Murder mysteries are my favorite kind of book. I love trying to figure it out.

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

I am not really into that kind of genre but I will recommend this to my friends.

Chavonne Harvey said...

I love murder mysteries that keep me guessing and stories that have plot twists I didn't see coming. I like that it takes place in a time when things were really different than they are now, gives it a unique feel.

Akhil Sharma said...

My sister love murder mysteries and i think she might like this one, so i am going to recommend this to her. thanks for the lovely review :)

Pam said...

I enjoy murder mysteries--especially when they have a touch of romance and some comedy to lighten the mood. This one sounds like a good read.

Lawna Noe said...

Sounds like a very interesting books. Some of my favorite books are murder mysteries!

Corinne Schmitt said...

This is definitely my kind of book and sounds like the perfect read for while I'm waiting for my daughter at gymnastics (since I have to sit there for 2 hours).

Joanna Sormunen said...

Definedly going to read this book the next time I fancy a murder mystery. Thank you!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

Today was a rainy and dreary day here in New York City so this murder mystery would have been a great one to curl up to in my bed.

Ashley Gill said...

I like your idea of curling up with this book if I have an hour or so... I could use a nice mystery on a rainy afternoon.

Amanda McMahon said...

i'm not a huge mystery fan but ones that aren't too scary are something i do pick up at times. this one sounds interesting.

Courtney Pies said...

This sounds like a really good book. I love this genre!

Melanie said...

Love me a good Murder Mystery and always look for a fast read.. thanks for sharing another great book and a wonderful review, will add this to my reading list

 
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