A Body in the Backyard

A Body in the Backyard

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by Elizabeth Craig
     
 

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It’s just an ordinary day for octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover—until her yardman discovers a dead body planted in her backyard. This death isn’t cut and dried—the victim was bashed in the head with one of Myrtle’s garden gnomes.
Myrtle’s friend Miles recognizes the body and identifies him as Charles Clayborne…

Overview

It’s just an ordinary day for octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover—until her yardman discovers a dead body planted in her backyard. This death isn’t cut and dried—the victim was bashed in the head with one of Myrtle’s garden gnomes.
Myrtle’s friend Miles recognizes the body and identifies him as Charles Clayborne… reluctantly admitting he’s a cousin. Charles wasn’t the sort of relative you bragged about—he was a garden variety sleaze, which is very likely why he ended up murdered. As Myrtle starts digging up dirt to nip the killings in the bud, someone’s focused on scaring her off the case. Myrtle vows to find the murderer…before she’s pushing up daisies, herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045048378
Publisher:
Elizabeth Craig
Publication date:
10/28/2012
Series:
A Myrtle Clover Mystery , #3
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
7,400
File size:
545 KB

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth writes the Southern Quilting mysteries and Memphis Barbeque mysteries for Penguin Random House and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. She blogs at ElizabethSpannCraig.com/blog , named by Writer’s Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine WritersKB.com. Elizabeth makes her home in Matthews, North Carolina, with her husband and two teenage children. Elizabeth Spann Craig (Riley Adams) Twitter: @elizabethscraig

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A Body in the Backyard 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Even older than Miss Marple, Myrtle Clover is out to prove to her son, her community and herself that age does not limit her capabilities. She is an avid collector of garden gnomes; she is nosey and ishe is quite fond of a feral cat. She and her friend Miles have adventures which are humerous, despite the murders and mayhem.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Octogenarian, Myrtle Clover fills her yard with her favorite garden gnomes as a sign of her displeasure with her across the street neighbor, Red, who is also her son and their small North Carolina's town police chief.  He thinks she should live safely in an assisted living facility, and she thinks she should take advantage of the town gossip and her roll as a newspaper reporter, to help solve problems in her town.  Unfortunately, someone has decided that one of her gnomes was a good murder weapon, and there's a dead body in her back yard.   This time, the dead body was a scoundrel, who is a distant cousin of her friend and fellow sleuth, Miles.  And Myrtle's busybody neighbor announces that Miles must be the murderer.  So, once again Myrtle insinuates herself into Red's murder investigation.  She's also helped by Red's wife who has taken up photography as her new hobby.  This fun series never fails to amuse me while providing clues to the murder mystery.  Wonder which will last longer, Myrtle--now approaching 90, or this mystery series.  I'm rooting for both!
Barb025 More than 1 year ago
Whoever said you can't teach an old dog new tricks never met the silver-haired detective in this new and entertaining mystery. An great way to pass an afternoon with a character that feels like family. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot very fun read. I enjoyed getting to know Myrtle and her neighbors, and will be reading more books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It tries to be charming -- a "cozy" murder mystery, but everything comes off as gimmicky. I quickly got bored and out it down.
KKiwi More than 1 year ago
I want to read more. It was fun, and believable. I enjoyed how the family dynamics worked out between the mom, in whose backyard the body is found, and her son, the police chief.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imagibe you are an 80+ year old woman, mother of the town police chief, and not obe, but two bodies are found in your backyard. Now what do you do. The third Myrtle Clover mystery, this is a fun light mystery
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Jnz-Bks More than 1 year ago
This was a simple book, but quite well written. It was a fun read. I loved the older characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, well written cozy. With each book, we get to know the characters a little bit better in this small southern town. No swearing, no sex, no graphic details. Great entertaining little series
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Loved it. Couldn't wait to finish. It was funny and refreshing. Can't wait to get her next book.
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I absolutelly love this book because i am a mystery reader and this one is a really good mystery i highly reccommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Injoyed
JodyGilchrist More than 1 year ago
I could not get into this book; maybe it was imagining an 80 + year old women doing the investigating and being so active. On one hand I hope I am that active when I am that age and on another I just could not get into this story. One of the books I could not finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always appreciate a free book,but this was not interesting & I did not read past the 2nd chapter. K.m.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally inane. Completely unbelivable. Needs editing. AD