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by Molly MacRae
 

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Too bad dead pigeons are only the beginning . . .

Margaret Welch is in her idea of heaven. She has what many people only dream of - a successful bookstore in a charming old house. Even better, she and her bookstore are located in Stonewall, a town nestled in the foothills of Tennessee's Blue Ridge Mountains. Unfortunately, Margaret also has a sister - Bitsy. The

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Too bad dead pigeons are only the beginning . . .

Margaret Welch is in her idea of heaven. She has what many people only dream of - a successful bookstore in a charming old house. Even better, she and her bookstore are located in Stonewall, a town nestled in the foothills of Tennessee's Blue Ridge Mountains. Unfortunately, Margaret also has a sister - Bitsy. The morning Bitsy flings a dead pigeon on her sales counter Margaret redefines her mission in life. "Never assume anything as far as Bitsy is concerned" sound like sane words to her, and that's good, because Margaret's going to need them. Next on the scene is a mysterious stranger, quickly followed by the Dumpster incident, the renegade goats, and the exploding goldfish pond. When events take a murderous turn, Margaret realizes, for her own safety and sanity, she'll have to pull her nose out of her bookstore and solve the crimes herself.

Margaret and Bitsy have entertained readers through seven short stories in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Lawn Order is a small town mystery that will keep you laughing and guessing from start to finish.

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Publishers Weekly
MacRae's witty first of a new cozy series introduces bookstore owner Margaret Welch, who looks into the disturbing events--starting with poisoned pigeons and escalating to arson and murder--plaguing peaceful Stonewall, Tenn. When Margaret's elderly cousin and next-door neighbor, Leona, takes a shine to Gene Mashburn, the handsome new stranger in the Appalachian town, Margaret finds herself agreeing with Leona's good taste, in spite of her own reservations. On the other hand, Margaret's hangdog former beau, police sergeant George Buckles, and her proper sister, Bitsy, find Mashburn's arrival and the local calamities too closely related. That Mashburn was one of the partners of the murder victim, developer Doug "Duckie" Everett, in the plan to transform an old school into condos further fuels Bitsy and George's suspicions. MacRae (Wilder Rumors) keeps the reader guessing right up to Margaret's life-or-death struggle with the culprit. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594149139
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
12/15/2010
Series:
A Margaret and Bitsy Mystery
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Lawn Order 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Stonewall, elderly Leona is attracted to newcomer Gene Mashburn. Her younger cousin Blue Plum Books store owner Margaret Welch has to admit her relative has good taste as Mashburn is handsome. However, she is suspicious of why he is here as strangers do not move to this small Blue Ridge Mountains town. Meanwhile the normally quiet town is hit with a violent crime wave starting with the poisoning of pigeons, arson, and ultimately the homicide of developer Doug Everett. Margaret's former boyfriend police sergeant George Buckles encouraged by his prim and proper sister Bitsy, thinks the timing of Mashburn coming to town with the crime wave is too coincidental. Additionally Mashburn and Everett were partners along with others in a plan to convert an old school into condos. While George investigates the murder with his mind set on one suspect, Margaret also makes inquiries but looks for others with motives and opportunities. The return to Stonewall (see Wilder Rumors) is an entertaining Blue Ridge Mountains cozy that introduces readers to new stars, Margaret and Bitsy who will charm the audience with their humor and intelligence. Fast-paced from just after meeting the key cast members, fans will keep changing their guess as to who the killer is as Molly McRae provides a charming regional amateur sleuth enhanced by a police procedural investigation in which George believes the ladies actions are unsafe conflicted with his official inquiry. Harriet Klausner