Madness in Miniature (Miniature Mystery Series #7)

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The grand opening of a giant chain crafts store is both good and bad news for miniaturist Gerry Porter. But when the big event is accompanied by an earthquake and a murder in the store, there's plenty of opportunity for Gerry and her computer-gifted granddaughter Maddie to help the police investigate. Did the New Yorkers bring crime to quiet Lincoln Point, or are the town's dispossessed small-business people responsible? From querying suspects to drawing up alibi charts, Gerry applies her insights to various ...
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Overview

The grand opening of a giant chain crafts store is both good and bad news for miniaturist Gerry Porter. But when the big event is accompanied by an earthquake and a murder in the store, there's plenty of opportunity for Gerry and her computer-gifted granddaughter Maddie to help the police investigate. Did the New Yorkers bring crime to quiet Lincoln Point, or are the town's dispossessed small-business people responsible? From querying suspects to drawing up alibi charts, Gerry applies her insights to various issues of personal relations-but can she solve her own with her BFF, Henry Baker?
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Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
Even this cozy series' longtime fans may find that miniaturist and retired teacher Geraldine "Gerry" Porter's seventh outing (after 2012's Mix-up in Miniature) lacks some of its predecessors' charm. Summer in the Northern California town of Lincoln Point has already been disturbed by the imminent grand opening of crafting superstore SuperKrafts, before being shaken by an earthquake and by the murder of SuperKrafts executive Craig Palmer III. Gerry has inside knowledge of the case thanks to her nephew, LPPD detective Skip, and her position as community liaison to SuperKrafts. With help from Maddie, her 11-year-old granddaughter, Gerry looks into such suspects as local ceramics store owner Bebe Mellon and local-made-good Catherine Duncan, a SuperKrafts representative. Grace also explores developments in Gerry's family, including an upcoming wedding and a tween-age crisis for Maddie. However, the likable characters and setting don't fully compensate for the slight, repetitive mystery plot. (Apr.)
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"Delightful Gerry Porter and her 11-year-old computer-savvy granddaughter, Maddie, take us on a great ride through small town California, weathering an earthquake and solving a murder along the way." -- Diana Orgain, Maternal Instincts Mystery Series

"...offers large-scale pleasures, as dollhouse maker and intrepid sleuth Gerry Porter investigates a murder that shakes up her town even more than the earthquake that occurs on the same night.” -- Margaret Lucke, author of House of Whispers

Library Journal
04/01/2014
Summer gets lively when Gerry and her granddaughter Maddie deal with another murder, this one coupled with an untimely earthquake. Grace's seventh cozy entry (after Mix-up in Miniature) combines a love of miniatures with traditional sleuthing. Pseudonym for retired physicist Camille Minichino, who pens two other series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564745439
  • Publisher: Daniel, John & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/7/2014
  • Series: Miniature Mystery Series , #7
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 330,549
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Grace is the pen name of Camille Minichino, author of three different mystery series. As Grace she has written seven Miniature Mysteries (and has created many miniature scenes as charitable donations); under her own name she writes the periodic table series, and as Ada Madison, a new series of mathematical mysteries. She's a retired physicist, is on the staff at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and teaches science and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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