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Going Through the Notions
(A Deadly Notions Mystery)
Brand New Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (September 3, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Ben Perini
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book File Size: 712 KB
Daisy Buchanan and her husband Joe have retired to Millbury, Pennsylvania. Daisy has opened Sometimes a Great Notion, a unique shop the sells vintage sewing notions, toys and jewelry. You will find her and Joe at every auction and estate sale in the area looking for merchandise to sell in her store and add to his vast antique collection. They quickly became friends with Angus Baskstead, a local auctioneer. Angus takes Daisy under his wing and they are soon traveling all over searching for treasures in other people’s trash. Sometimes searching through barns full of junk and finding amazing things.
When Daisy and Joe arrive for one of Angus’s auctions they are shocked to see him being led away in handcuffs. One of his drinking buddies has been found dead and Angus is not only the prime suspect, he has already been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. The police believe they have their man and that’s that. Daisy just can’t believe this man is a murderer. She gets a notion all her own. She is going to stitch the clues together and catch the real culprit.
Cate Price is off to a great start with this series. First books in a series are hard because you have to introduce the characters and give them enough depth so that the reader is engaged but not too much because there are more installments to come. They also have to give the reader a mystery with substance to keep those pages turning. Price has done both in this book.
Daisy is a retired schoolteacher who is definitely not ready to slow down. She is probably busier now than in all the years prior to retiring. Joe is more laid back and easy going but he wishes his wife was around more and spent more time with him. Any couple that retires knows there are compromises and adjustments to be made to reach a perfect personal balance. Their daughter arriving home with a furry friend adds just what the story needed to draw me right in. Too funny how Jasper seemed to live at our house a few years ago so I could truly relate.
The plot of the mystery was very clever with many more suspects than just poor Angus. I was so glad when Detective Tony Serrano came to town but I don’t want to ruin the story so I will say no more.
Cozy fans there’s new author in print and you are going to love her stories. Small town charm, quirky characters, a dose of humor a bit of romance and murder. Just the way we love them!!
About Cate Price
Cate Price was born in England and came to the U.S. when she was sixteen. She is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and enjoys gardening, yard sales, and cooking with friends. Her previous (unpublished) books span the genres of romantic comedy, romantic suspense and murder mysteries, and have finaled in numerous contests, including the prestigious Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.
Writing the first book in the Deadly Notions mystery series proved to be rather an expensive project, because while researching auction houses, she also became addicted to bidding on box lots. She is currently hard at work on the next book in the series, A DOLLHOUSE TO DIE FOR.
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