Murder in Miniature (Miniature Mystery Series #1)

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A MINIATURE MYSTERY. First in a big new series.

Geraldine Porter thought that being the chairwoman of the local Dollhouse and Miniatures Fair would give her leisure time to spend on her favorite craft. That was before a fellow miniatures afficionado is suspected of murder, leaving Gerry to prove the woman's innocence-or die trying.

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Overview

A MINIATURE MYSTERY. First in a big new series.

Geraldine Porter thought that being the chairwoman of the local Dollhouse and Miniatures Fair would give her leisure time to spend on her favorite craft. That was before a fellow miniatures afficionado is suspected of murder, leaving Gerry to prove the woman's innocence-or die trying.

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Having lost her husband to cancer, good-natured Geraldine "Gerry" Porter, 58, endures being the chair of the Lincoln Point, Calif., dollhouse committee. Her prickly perfectionist friend, Linda Reed, makes tiny houses that are unassailably historically accurate, but Linda's delinquent adopted teenage son, Jason, and two troublesome ex-husbands have her real house out of order. When Linda disappears from the annual miniatures fair only to turn up in the middle of the night stranded and disheveled off a highway access road-the same site where the dead body of an unknown woman is subsequently found-Gerry, with the help of her visiting 10-year-old tomboy granddaughter Maddie, begin to second-guess Linda's odd behavior. They rely on the quirky expertise of Gerry's roll-with-the-punches bachelor nephew, Skip, a local cop who's thrilled to get his first homicide call. Further roiling Lincoln Point tempers are a recent robbery at Crane's Jewelry Store pointing to Jason's handiwork and the angry factions battling over an upcoming election hinging on proposed development. Gerry proves a resilient, enterprising detective and Maddie a delightful sidekick in this tightly honed mystery, where smalltown personalities get a gentle poke. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425219805
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Miniature Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 605,846
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Enjoyable Series!!

    I just finished reading this book and am totally hooked on this series. I just started reading the second book and I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Murder and miniatures

    Geraldine (Gerry) Porter is a retired school teacher who now loves to create miniatures. She sees miniature furniture in many small discarded items. Unfortunately Maddie, her visiting granddaughter, doesn't share her love. She prefers sports. Linda Reed's teenage son Jason is thought to be involved in the robbery of Crane's Jewelry store. He's been rebellious and in trouble. Gerry is the chairperson of the local Dollhouse and Miniatures Fair. She and Linda share a table. Gerry notices a spot of blood on a small desk of Linda's. Not long after, Linda and the desk disappear. Gerry is very worried. That night Gerry gets a late night plea from Linda to pick her up from a deserted area. Gerry bundles Maddie in the car and picks up Linda. Linda refuses to tell Gerry anything. Then a dead stranger is found near where Gerry picked Linda up and on the same night. Who killed the stranger, and what connection does she have to the area? Is Jason really involved in the robbery? How and why? This is the first in this great new cozy series. I can't wait to read the next book! I've always been fascinated with all the small furniture and details in dollhouses, so I really enjoyed the descriptions of creating the various furniture and scenes. The author has provided plenty of twists in the plot to keep the reader guessing to the end. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    Delightful Read

    A delightful read with special appeal to hobbyists. Full disclosure: I¿m one of the mystery authors involved in the Killer Hobbies blog at blogspot. We joined forces because we all write mysteries involving hobbies. 'Pretty obvious, eh?' But¿we¿ve only met each other virtually, and I¿d never read anything by Margaret Grace 'Camille Minichino'. So when I received the ARC 'Advance Reading Copy' of Murder in Miniature, I opened the book with excitement and trepidation. What if I didn¿t like her work? Whew. Very quickly, my fears were allayed. Murder in Miniature is a delightful read with special appeal to hobbyists. The protagonist, Geraldine Porter, is a complex woman, recovering from the loss of her husband, unsure sometimes how to do the ¿right thing,¿ and devoted to her granddaughter and friends. She defines herself as ¿a pushover for difficult personalities,¿ but Gerry is no victim. She¿s simply a woman who accepts imperfection¿in her miniatures, in her life and in her friends. Gerry¿s involvement as an amateur sleuth makes sense, which is always a challenge in a book of this ilk. The underlying complexities of Gerry¿s life round her out as a character, and provide realistic stumbling blocks to crime solving. Unlike many cozies, Gerry evolves over the course of the book, and we, as readers, relish seeing her review her life and come to new conclusions. All in all, a most satisfying read. Here¿s the lagniappe: I love miniatures. The author gave me just enough about the hobby to make me eager to work on my own dollhouse and room boxes. Any book that not only entertains me but also helps me rediscover a lifelong passion is a winner! And that¿s exactly what Margaret Grace has here: A winning series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    An ok read,though somewhat boring.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The author is a gifted storyteller

    Retired schoolteacher Geraldine Porter is watching her granddaughter Maddie at the same time she is the chairperson for the local Dollhouse and Miniatures Fair. She is sharing a table with her friend Linda Reed who has made a beautiful miniature Governor Winthrop desk. Gerry notices a spot of blood on one of the pieces of furniture before Linda and the desk disappear.--------------- After watching over two tables for the day and not being able to locate Linda, Gerry is very worried. When Linda calls Gerry pick her up from a deserted area at night she refuses to tell her friend what happened. Word gets around that her son Jason, a troubled teen, might be involved in the robberies of Crane¿s Jewelry store. Gerry later learns that a dead stranger was in the area when Linda made a phone call. When Mr. Crane is murdered, the Winthrop desk is found in his hand. Gerry knows that Linda and Jason are no killers so she starts her own investigative and find evidence that links the murders to the robbery. Now all she has to do is convince the police.----------------- Margaret Grace makes creating miniature furniture and people so enticing that many readers will personally try it as a hobby. The author is a gifted storyteller who has the magic touch when it comes to flawed but endearing characters like Gerry. The heroine is just starting to live again after the death of her beloved husband ironically solving the puzzle of the robbery and the murders brings her back to life.----------- Harriet Klausner

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