Murder in a Basket

Murder in a Basket

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by Amanda Flower
     
 

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College librarian India Hayes thought the worst thing about the Stripling Founders' Festival was her pink gingham pioneer dress until she discovered the body of a free-spirited basket weaver on the festival grounds. The basket weaver leaves behind an angry blacksmith husband, a confused adopted son, greedy siblings, a dysfunctional artists' co-op, and a labradoodle…  See more details below

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College librarian India Hayes thought the worst thing about the Stripling Founders' Festival was her pink gingham pioneer dress until she discovered the body of a free-spirited basket weaver on the festival grounds. The basket weaver leaves behind an angry blacksmith husband, a confused adopted son, greedy siblings, a dysfunctional artists' co-op, and a labradoodle with a two-million-dollar trust in his name. Despite the wrath of her college's provost and protests by handsome police detective Rick Mains, India finds herself playing sleuth as well as foster-owner to the two-million-dollar dog. With her own eccentric family commenting from the sidelines and her Irish-centric landlady as volunteer sidekick, India must discover the truth before she has a permanent canine houseguest or ends up the next victim in the basket weaver's murder.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Flower’s delightful, clean-as-a-whistle second India Hayes mystery (after 2010’s Maid of Murder), India, the librarian at Ohio’s Martin College, intends to retrieve the items she left in her face-painting booth at the founders’ festival, but discovers more than she bargained for: the dead body of Tess Lepcheck, a bead crafter and the recent recipient of a dog with a million trust fund. Worse still, the victim is the mother of Derek, a student smitten with India, and the sister of India’s boss, crusty college provost Sam Lepcheck. Derek and Sam urge India to go look for Tess’s killer. India and her spry elderly landlady find the next murder victim—along with a surprising suspect still with the body. But is the real killer still at large? The satisfying conclusion will leave cozy fans eager for India’s next adventure. Agent: Tekno Books. (Jan.)
Library Journal
On the cusp of Halloween, her bossy sister has roped small-town college librarian India into working a crafts fair on campus. When Tess, a fellow vendor, is bludgeoned to death in her booth after hours, India stumbles over her body. Derek, Tess's clingy undergrad son, begs India to find the killer. Demonstrating her research prowess, India digs into Tess's past and finds unexpected connections to an older, unsolved case. Danger escalates when another corpse shows up on India's watch. Luckily, police detective Rick Mains can't help but be intrigued by the smart gal who's got sleuthing in her reference skills set. VERDICT Perhaps the formula is familiar, but this humorous cozy moves at a steady clip, throwing in a monkey wrench or two to put readers off-track. Agatha Award nominee Flower has the chops to make this series last. Try this one with Jess Lourey, Avery Aames, and Donna Andrews fans. [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11.]
. - Julia Spencer-Fleming
"More fun than a raucous game of Clue, Amanda Flower's clever new puzzler, Murder in a Basket, is a well-written, well-plotted joy. India Hayes is my kind of librarian. One of the best new cozy series going."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432825676
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
02/08/2012
Series:
India Hayes Series, #2
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. She writes the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series for B&H and the India Hayes Mystery Series for Five Star. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan for NAL. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. Visit her online at www.amandaflower.com and www.isabellaalan.com.

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Murder in a Basket: An India Hayes Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
What a fun read. Humor surrounds India as she investigates the murder of a local craft artist. Along for the ride are members of her family with overbearing Carmen and her civic-minded parents. Ina, her neighbor, lends a hand to the investigation in a way only Ina can. The author did a good job of stringing me along as to the identity of the killer. The witty conversations and the supporting cast of eccentrically quirky characters were delightfully entertaining in this fast-moving mystery and with that ending; I can’t wait for the next book in this wonderful series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this sequel to Amanda Flower’s Maid of Murder, India Hayes again finds herself in strange garb. This time, India’s sister has convinced her to wear an American colonial outfit while face painting at the local college’s fair. India continues to be a wonderfully quirky character with a terrific sense of humor. Even when she stumbles over the dead body of a fellow artist, her good humor does not completely fail her. Accompanied by an elderly neighbor dressed in Irish Green, India sets out to solve the murder. The book has the same accompanying cast as the first book, including India’s endearing hippy parents. Laugh out loud moments are coupled with moments of tense suspense. This book is charming, funny, and an all-around great cozy read. A surprise ending makes me anxious to read the next installment of this series. Highly recommended for lovers of quality light reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago