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Many murder mysteries are gruesome and violent with unsavoury characters, so it was a refreshing relief to read a murder mystery telling a good story whilst within the bounds of fiction remaining plausible, and featuring a well-developed and attractive cast. Main protagonist Paisley Sutton is a single mother doting on her young son and surrounded by nice people. She is a salvage expert and is given permission to clear out a derelict store and living accommodation abandoned years earlier after it was the scene of an unsolved murder.
Paisley is also an amateur historian and on discovering a second body she determines to discover the truth of whatever has happened. This is traditional ‘cozy’ territory with Paisley equivalent to the expected female amateur sleuth, connected to a store rather than a bookshop, and with the police being professional and helpful rather than misguided and hindering, and with a handsome local sheriff providing the obligatory hint of romance. Together with other ‘cozy’ elements as well-kept secrets, Paisley being under threat, a pet cat, a relative baking cakes etc. all this makes ‘Crossed by Death’ an entertaining and enjoyable read with a nice degree of humour. I rarely award 5-stars to ‘cozy’ novels but this is a great example.
Hours of my life I'll never get back! The author would have had a much more enjoyable book without the CONSTANT presence of the toddler. Momma keeps on about raising sonny on her own but dumps him on her friends and parents often at no notice without any problems. Apart from that it's not a bad book. I liked the friends and the, almost inevitable in this type of book, romance with law enforcement seems quite believable, it's a small town after all. I liked the main character (apart from the babbling about her child). I don't think I'll be buying any more of these books because of the kid. Such a shame one character spoiled it for me.the
I would have chosen higher, as few editorial mistakes, they are howlers though. I got sick to death of the single mother stating constantly, just how hard it is. Yes, we know. She harps on all the way through. Twice of poor me was enough.
Never known a single mother have so much free time! Dumping obnoxious child in anyone.
Theory of story ok, but make the single, by mother choice, divorce, grow up, take responsibility and stop harping on how hard up she is. Make the father pay for the child, there is no mention he pays a penny.
I started this book four times but never got past the fifth chapter. I did wonder if it was a translation, the grammar and sentence structure was very odd. I just found the story unbelievable. If I locked my two year old in a car, in the middle of nowhere, with a cat, for over half an hour I'm pretty sure social services would be knocking on my door. Her constant whining and general stupidity got on my nerves. And if a lead detective would willingly give out important case information to a civilian is beyond belief.
I really enjoyed this book and have already bought the books 1-4 in the series. This is the 1st book of the Stitches In Crime series by A C F Bookens (St Marins Cozy Mystery series) set in Virginia. A predominantly cozy mystery series with a touch of romance too, what's not to like!
The main character, Paisley Sutton is a 46 year old Single Parent to a young boy Sawyer (Saw) and fur Mum to a large cat who walks on a leash, Beauregard. She's a Freelance Writer centering on History, and runs her 1 woman salvage business to make ends meet. It was in clearing a derelict building set for demolition that she comes across a body a body which shouldn't be there, and a very much deceased one at that.
Other main characters are her Dad and Step Mum (Lucille) best friend Mika who runs the yarn store in the town and newly elected Sheriff Shifflett. There's also the owners of the store who have employed her to clear the store Berlinda and George Jefferson.
The story moved quite quickly and covered the time in history where there was alot of segregation and prejudice.
I love cozy mystery stories and couldn't guess the person behind the murder at all. I'm all ready to start the next book in this delightful series.
I couldn't finish this book. What could have been a good read was ruined by endless references to being a single parent and minute details about her two year old childs life. Totally get her personal circumstances were part of the background but we don't need to have it shoved down our throats on every page. Just boring and repetitive
The central character, a forty something single 'mom' keeps her lifestyle together, farmhouse to support, by working in some sort of capacity by going into derelict buildings before demolition to salvage any items which might be of value. During the course of the book she mentions that she has covered to fee levied by the owners of the building in salvage but not much more. She spends the rest of the book entertaining her two year-old, and researching the history of the building, its occupants and its place in time -thus little added to her own personal exchequer.
Like another reviewer I found the bits with the toddler lengthly and annoying and ultimately the murderer became obvious because...
Bare with it you wandered what it's all about and then as if my magic characters happiness laughter and love appear and in between a weird mystery murder. An unexpected pleasure is how I would describe this book.
I’ll be honest I prefer my heroines a bit tougher and less inclined to burst into tears, but Paisley Sutton gets the job done, manages a 2-y-o with the vocabulary of a 4-y-o, plus a large cat and sobs later.