Mix-Up in Miniature (Miniature Mystery Series #6)by Margaret Grace
Geraldine Porter is thrilled to meet bestselling author and miniatures enthusiast Varena Young. The celebrity seems to seek friendship with Gerry and her crafts group, and makes a generous offer of a house from her collection for a library fund-raiser. But Young is suddenly murdered, and Gerry is left to investigate the crime. She and her eleven-year-old granddaughter Maddie delve for information on Young's mysterious past, and they find a clue to her murder in a secret room...of a dollhouse.
Margaret Grace (aka Camille Minichino) compares writing fiction to creating miniature houses and rooms. "In each case,” she writes, "I'm creating a model of reality, a fictional world where things can be easier and often make more sense than in the life-size world.... In the world of dollhouses, there's no laundry to do, and a houseful of carpeting can be changed in a matter of minutes. In my mystery novels, the good guys always win and justice is always served. What could be more satisfying?”
Meet the Author
Margaret Grace is the pen name of Camille Minichino, author of three different mystery series. As Grace she has written six 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 is 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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I have to say first that I love miniatures, had a dollhouse and still have lots of the furniture and accessories. That is what led me to this series in the first place. Ms. Grace does a wonderful job describing them and offers ideas of how to make miniatures from simple things around the house. The other reason I have continued to read this series is the murder mystery. She does a deft job creating interesting characters. I love not only Gerry Porter but I adore her granddaughter Maddie as well. Some of the other recurring characters are just as engaging, like her nephew Skip, the homicide detective, and her boyfriend Harry. The plot was as intricate as her miniatures and kept me turning the pages until I was done. I highly recommend this series!