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Murder Grins and Bears It
     

Murder Grins and Bears It

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by Deb Baker
 

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This second book in the Yooper Mystery series features the unpredictable, unflappable, and unstoppable amateur sleuth Gertie Johnson.

On opening day of bear hunting season in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 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"

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This second book in the Yooper Mystery series features the unpredictable, unflappable, and unstoppable amateur sleuth Gertie Johnson.

On opening day of bear hunting season in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 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 who's hot for the guy Gertie secretly admires, 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. What really gets Gertie's goat is her son Blaze, the local sheriff, who's more interested in arresting his mom for driving without a license than finding Little Donny or catching the killer.

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A widow's efforts to start an inquiry agency get off to a rousing start. Gertie Johnson lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, an area largely populated by gun-toting folks none too fond of the government. Figuring they need freelance help, Gertie buys the sheriff's old police truck at an auction, adds "THE TROUBLE BUSTERS" to the door, packs her stun gun and is ready for action, though she has no driver's license or registration. Soon, however, a case finds her. Shortly after Gertie's Milwaukee grandson Little Donny, a stripling of 280 pounds, arrives to hunt bear, he disappears, leaving a murdered Department of Natural Resources agent at his bear-baiting site. Even Gertie's son Blaze, the local sheriff, thinks Donny's guilty, especially after a drunk is also found dead in the woods, shot by arrows covered with Little Donny's fingerprints. It's up to Gertie, her madcap sidekicks Cora Mae and Kitty and the recently acquired Fred, a retired police dog, to hunt down the killer. As the madcap amateurs careen around the countryside looking for raptor raisers, Gertie's new job as a census taker allows her to get her foot in lots of doors, some of which shelter suspicious characters with shotguns. Intrepid Gertie soldiers on until she discovers the truth and saves Little Donny. Baker (Murder Passes the Buck, 2006, etc.) spins a mildly amusing mystery full of cliched characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738709840
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Series:
The Yooper Mysteries Series , #2
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.63(d)

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Deb Baker (Wisconsin) grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the International Sled Dog Association, where she actively races sled dogs. Her short stories have appeared in many literary journals, including Passages North and Room of One's Own. Her debut novel, Murder Passes the Buck, won Best of Show in the Authorlink 2003 New Author Awards Competition.

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Murder Grins and Bears It: A Gertie Johnson Backwoods Adventure 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable reading that kept me reading and made me laugh. What else do you want from a good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gotta love gertie and her gang ! What a fun read. Hope you enjoy like I did !!! On to the next book. Ha ha
ThePear More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love my Gertie Johnson stories...wish I had more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Love the whole Gertie Johnson series. Laugh out loud funny.
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the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Gertie! Laughed out loud many times. Can't wait to read more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is hwere everyone tals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storyline and charactors. Very funny book and a good mystery. I highly recommend this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone for some nook sex?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Wanna chat
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Bam im awake