Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyIn Main's winning second Jane Serrano mystery (after 2005's Murder of the Month), Sheriff Arnie Kraft of Juniper, Ore., focuses on Jane's friend, bridal boutique owner Alix Boudreau, after a dead man found in a rental car is identified as Alix's first and worst ex-husband, Hunter Blackburn, a con man who's made a career of bilking the elderly. Lovable Bible-quoting Minnie Salter, a member of Murder of the Month, Jane's reading group at Thornton's Books, insists on following her own hunches, while omnipresent Velda Kubek takes every opportunity away from caring for her aging aunt to involve herself in Minnie's investigations. Since many of the older people who meet at Thornton's were victims of Blackburn's scams, they, too, fall under suspicion. Jane adds some intelligent sleuthing to Arnie's inept efforts to unmask the murderer in this fun, spotlessly clean cozy. (July)
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In Juniper, Oregon, con artist Hunter Blackburn is found dead in the trunk of a rental. Sheriff Arnie Kraft thinks the late Hunter's former wife Wedding Belle Bridal Shop owner Alix Boudreau killed the grafter who targeted the elderly. At Thornton's Books, Alix's friend Jane Serrano and her Murder of the Month Book Club members think otherwise. One of the group participants Minnie Salter decides to follow her bible citing intuition and investigate. Velda Kubek joins Minnie as an excuse to escape her care-giving of her elderly aunt. Jane, whose daughter works for the prime suspect, knows many of the older Thornton customers and other Juniper residents lost money to Hunter's schemes so while Arnie fumbles she looks in that direction. The second Jane Serrano amateur sleuth (see Murder of the Month) is a super amateur sleuth as Jane, encouraged by Velda quoting the bible and Minnie wanting to become a detective, leads the inquiry. Filled with humor, fans will enjoy the investigation by Jane and company as they look like amateurs by fumbling on the case but next to the sheriff they look like pros. Harriet Klausner
When Jane’s friend Alix gets involved in murder, the mystery devotees of the Murder of the Month book club quite naturally expect her to solve it because, after all, she did it once before, didn’t she? Jane can’t seem to convince them otherwise but then her hackles are raised by the lazy sheriff who jumps to a conclusion she’s sure is wrong and who won’t even consider other possibilities. Obviously, Jane will have to find the killer before Alix is sent up the river. Ms. Main has a nice touch with crafting a puzzle and I have to confess to being distracted, as intended, by the red herrings here and there. I was also distracted, in a very good way, by the chuckles that ensued whenever the book club members were on the scene, especially when they take a road trip, but it was also clear that these folks cared a lot about each other and they made smalltown life seem very appealing. And can I please have some of Minnie’s weaponry cookies? I really want to spend some more time with Jane, Minnie and the rest of the gang—including the loveable Wendell, dog extraordinaire— so I hope Ms. Main is going to give us a third book sooner rather than later.