USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty. When she's not reading, gardening, making jewelry or selling antiques, she likes to write cozy mystery and historical romance books.
No Scone Unturnedby Leighann Dobbs
When bakery owner Lexy Baker and her posse of iPad toting grandmas witness a murder remotely through the camera of a drone, they go straight to Lexy's homicide detective husband, Jack, to report the crime. But with no body and no crime reported, Jack can't do a thing, leaving Lexy and her grandmother no
Why would someone kill Olive Pendleton and hide the body?
When bakery owner Lexy Baker and her posse of iPad toting grandmas witness a murder remotely through the camera of a drone, they go straight to Lexy's homicide detective husband, Jack, to report the crime. But with no body and no crime reported, Jack can't do a thing, leaving Lexy and her grandmother no alternative than to solve the murder themselves.
Armed with nothing but their gigantic patent leather purses and a dogged determination to see justice done, the ladies dodge a pack of overzealous Pekeapoos, nosey neighbors and an ornery husband in order to flush out Olive's killer before he kills again.
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Usually I give this author 5 stars. The problem with this book is that it needs more Lexy and Jack, and less of the elderly women's "detective group". I am probably about the age - 60 - of Lexy's grandmother and her friends, and although I have met women like her grandmother and friends, I don't particularly like them. It may be just my imagination, but it seems as if, in this book, the older women are much more irritating than they were in other books. I think it may be because this book features them more than Lexy, with Jack hardly appearing at all. I like the idea of a baker who stumbles onto mysteries and solves them, with the (usually) tangential help of the older women. I also like the interactions between Lexy and Jack, which were, for the most part, absent in this book. I don't find anything funny in older people who blurt out whatever comes to mind because they can't keep track of what's going on (the Ida character, mostly). And, older age isn't and shouldn't be an excuse for boorish behavior (such as intruding on a neighbor's property when they are supposed to be helping Lexy with a very important party that could really help her business - what grandmother does that to her granddaughter?), stealing a relative's expensive drone "because she can" - then endangering the entire investigation because the woman couldn't be responsible with it - and habitually hacking into peoples' bank accounts without an twinge of conscience. This would have been a much more enjoyable mystery if the older women could have kept more in the background. And yes, I know this is fiction and these are not real people, but it would be nice to tone down on the elderly stereotyping and focus more on Lexy and the plot. Barring that, it would be nice if the elderly women were a bit more on the intelligent - and less greedy - side (I am referring to them eating up all her profits, selfishly, while they "help" solve the mystery), and more likable. As it is, I don't know that I want to read other books in this series now, which is a pity because so far I have read nearly all of them. This book just put me off the series.