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Posted December 25, 2013
What a nice, cozy mystery, indeed! I almost can't find any fault with this book. The profanity was extremely mild, and there were no sex scenes. The reference to the gays was not even a problem for me.
Now the minor negatives are out of the way, let me celebrate the joys of this story. Any story that takes place in the Pacific Northwest and mentions the majestic Mt. Rainier deserves my highest praise. And when you add a fascinating mystery and possible murder, it couldn't be much better. Then when you add in an Episcopalian priest and the typical parishioners, it only gets better. I don't want to give away the story, so I won't share any more about that.
This book is so good it practically reads itself. Let me tell you a secret. I was very tired as I read this, but this book was so exciting that I could not sleep! I did not nod off once. If you like mysteries, this book is for you. It is practically squeaky clean, and it is enjoyable reading for a winter's night.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Posted December 31, 2012
I signed up to review this book for the tour because I was on a cozy mystery kick at the time. Needless to say, this book did not disappoint. While there were a few typos, the story and characters were a lot of fun. I’m not a fan of the cover, but I do love the title. This was a very quick read as well.
There are a lot of characters and sometimes it was confusing as there were so many. My favorite character was Daniel. He was the organist and a very good one, but socially he was quite awkward and funny. He did add a lot to the story. All the others were enjoyable, just not as memorable as Daniel.
I liked the setting and plot of the story. With the idea of the church building getting older and obviously wearing out and needing repairs, this did lead to a lot of questions and concerns with its continuing in service. This dilapidated state also could have opened the doors wider to the property developers who had their eye on the church and its buildings. I loved how this added to the suspense of the story.
This is a very light hearted mystery, not too much depth involved with the characters or the location. I would definitely recommend this to all readers of cozy mysteries.
Posted December 2, 2012
"Death in the Memorial Garden" has put a unique twist to the mystery genera. Ms. Deviny presents her readers with a combination of two dilemmas, neither one of which have catastrophic scenarios that could possibly lead to the destruction or economic downfall of the country which is so common to today's mystery novels. The reader is presented with a combination problem and mystery both of which could end the local church. The solutions come from a neighborhood of interesting characters pulling together for the common good, their church. In a time of catastrophes and fear Ms. Deviny presents her readers a warm hearted and gripping read. The style and sensibility of this gentle mystery is sure to find the niche it deserves.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2012
Death in the Memorial Garden was a very comfortable story to read. While reading it I did keep wondering just what events were around the corner and what the final outcome of this story would be - which I can honestly say the ending was nothing like what I anticipated. There were alot of characters and alot that were involved in trying to solve this mystery. Daniel was an essential character in this book. His story line not only held this book together it was essential to the conclusion. In a church with mostly older parishioners (out of the few parishioners they had) - Daniel provided a contrast to the rest of the parish. A large portion of the story was dedicated to the deplorable conditions of the church, threats of closure, safety issues and ultimately a strong push to survive. I did enjoy the casual nature of this story and it was short enough that I read it in one sitting. If you are looking for something to read while relaxing - this is the book. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.