Murder in a Basketby Amanda Flower
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.
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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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.
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.