Murder Grins and Bears It [NOOK Book]

Overview

Murder Grins and Bears It is approximately 60,000 words.
Note: NO animals are harmed in this romp through the backwoods!

A game warden is murdered right under Little Donny’s tree stand. Little Donny disappears into the backwoods, forcing sixty-six-year-old Gertie to use her “unique” investigative techniques to find her favorite grandson. Gertie’s search is hampered by her pin-curled bodyguard Kitty, her ...
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Murder Grins and Bears It

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Overview

Murder Grins and Bears It is approximately 60,000 words.
Note: NO animals are harmed in this romp through the backwoods!

A game warden is murdered right under Little Donny’s tree stand. Little Donny disappears into the backwoods, forcing sixty-six-year-old Gertie to use her “unique” investigative techniques to find her favorite grandson. Gertie’s search is hampered by her pin-curled bodyguard Kitty, her man-hungry friend Cora Mae, and Grandma Johnson—who should be mushing peas between her new false teeth in the Escanaba nursing home instead of setting up camp at Gertie’s place. To top it off, Gertie’s son Blaze, the local sheriff, seems more concerned with arresting his mom for cruising down Highway M35 without a driver’s license than finding Little Donny or catching the killer.

Praise for the series:
"Laugh-out-loud funny" Crimespree Magazine

"Fans of Janet Evanovich, imagine Grandma Mazur with a shotgun." Green Bay Press Gazette

"One of the most memorable heroines in recent crime fiction." Lansing State Journal
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Editorial Reviews

book jacket - Steve Hamilton
"Gertie Johnson...steals the show. She's one heroine you can really cheer for."
book jacket - Jean Peerenboom
"A delightful new series by Deb Baker...For fans of Janet Evanovich, imagine Grandma Mazur with orange hair and a shotgun."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011816727
  • Publisher: Deb Baker
  • Publication date: 10/7/2010
  • Series: A Gertie Johnson Murder Mystery, #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 60,370
  • File size: 635 KB

Meet the Author

Deb Baker grew up in the Michigan Upper Peninsula with the Finns and Swedes portrayed in the Gertie Johnson Murder Mystery series and loves to take aim at sport hunters. She makes her home in Wisconsin now but visits her family "camp" as often as possible. Other stories in the series include Murder Passes the Buck and Murder Talks Turkey. She also writes the Queen Bee mystery series as Hannah Reed. Visit Deb at or www.queenbeemystery.com
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    Another Hilarious Mystery

    The Stephanie Plum of the geriatric set is back in Deb Baker¿s sequel to Murder Passes the Buck. Having decided to create her own (unlicensed) investigative agency ¿The Trouble Busters,¿ widow Gertie Johnson acquires the auctioned-off, vandalized sheriff¿s truck (that sheriff is Gertie¿s son and that she was the vandalizer is another story) and arms herself with a trusty bag of weapons that includes a taser, cattle prod, mace, and handcuffs. What she¿s not ready for is the body that is discovered near a hunting blind with the main suspect being her favorite ¿ and missing ¿ grandson. While her son is determined to keep her off the roads (Gertie never managed to learn how to drive or get a license), Gertie sets out to prove Little Donny¿s innocence with a posse that includes her single and predatory best friend Cora Rae, the police dog that Gertie unintentionally managed to get fired, and her self-proclaimed bodyguard Kitty. Once again Ms. Baker has created a hilarious mystery that whips along to a dramatic finish. Gertie is plagued with family members who hinder her as much as they help, yet her love for them always shines through. Moments of laugh-out-loud humor are balanced by Gertie¿s vulnerability as she battles to protect her grandson and ferret out a murderer by following the clues that her son ignores. This Yooper Mystery series continues to grow stronger and readers will be eager for Gertie¿s next appearance.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Who needs a driving instructor?

    This is the second book I have read from this author. I liked it as well as the first and look forward to reading more. The main character is very humorous and a little crazy but very lovable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Trouble, trouble

    Gotta love gertie and her gang ! What a fun read. Hope you enjoy like I did !!! On to the next book. Ha ha

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Loved the book.

    Enjoyable reading that kept me reading and made me laugh. What else do you want from a good book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Gotta love!

    The entire series is a treasure! Hilarious moments abound but there is much more in this series. The story is about a sixty six year old widow taking her life back on her terms. She spent five years grieving and always will to a degree but her life is not over yet. She is one stubborn and single minded woman, much to the despair of her son, the soon to retire sheriff. Try it and enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

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    AWESOME AUTHOR!!

    It’s Bear Season is Yooper Country!! That is Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the bears aren’t the only thing being hunted. A game warden is murdered right under Little Donny’s tree stand and Little Donny is no where to be found. Gertie is upset, her son, the sheriff, is wasting time trying to catch her driving without a license when he should be trying to catch a killer and find Little Donny. Does she have to do everything herself?!

    Dollycas’s Thoughts
    This story will leave your sides aching from laughter!!

    Gertie is an absolute gem!! Driving all over God’s creation without a license, tramping through the woods, questioning suspects who answer the door with sawed off shotguns, she does it all. She is quite a woman and you don’t want to mess with her. You never knows what she is going to pull out of that handbag. The woman is fearless!!!

    In addition to Gertie there is man-hungry Cora Mae, Carl who is willing to coat himself in chicken grease to bag a bear, Grandma Johnson who just loves to cook and good ole’ Blaze, who is just trying to his job. Add in a few more wacky friends and relatives, a dead body or two, and you are in for a wild ride courtesy of Deb Baker’s vast imagination.

    I have loved everything I have read by this awesome author! A master storyteller!! KUDOS DEB!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2015

    Gripping story

    I have found all Deb Baker's murder mysteries to be hard to put down. This one was also that way. I wish there were more of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2014

    Lame

    I found this book really anoying and sometimes offencive and demeaning. Comments made that were supose to add humor and detail were redundant and honestly i found myself wishing someone would indeed lock that rediculous old lady away.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Fun read

    Gertie is a great character, full of unexpected adventures. She loves her family and her friends with their quirky ways. These stories make me want to visit the UP. Glad, too for the recipes at the end of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    I love my Gertie Johnson stories...wish I had more

    I love my Gertie Johnson stories...wish I had more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Love this series

    I love these mysteries. They are funny and the circumstances are fairly unique (usually hunting is involved). I would have given it 5 stars but there are some typos and I know some readers would be annoyed by them. However, the story is worth tolerating a few mistakes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Thumbs up

    Love the whole Gertie Johnson series. Laugh out loud funny.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    Gertie Johnson is a 66 year old widow, mother, grandmother and a

    Gertie Johnson is a 66 year old widow, mother, grandmother and a new PI. When Gertie gets the help of her friend Cora Mae it is like Lucy and Ethel aged and move to Michigan's Upper Peninsula . It is bear hunting season and more people than bears are getting killed. So Gertie, Cora Maw and another cohort Kitty set out to solve the mystery and the results are something you must read. Deb Baker writes Gertie so well I can almost see and hear her. This book is so delightful and funny. Reading in bad last night I laughed so much I woke my husband. Now he wants to read this cozy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    As funny as book 1 "murder passes the book"

    Another great Gertie Johnson triumph! She sure knows how to avoid her son Blaze yet be in the same room with him. Love the antics of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Funny

    Love Gertie! Laughed out loud many times. Can't wait to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Main clearing

    This is hwere everyone tals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Funny!

    Great storyline and charactors. Very funny book and a good mystery. I highly recommend this one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Excellent

    Another great one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Sapphire

    Anyone for some nook sex?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Part 2

    There were parts of this I enjoyed more than the first book. I liked how the story seemed to focus more on the case rather than the crazy antics Gertie always managed to get herself into. At least this time, her craziness was tied into the case. This one didn't make me giggle as much as the first book. However, it was still a fun read.

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