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A Nose for Hanky Panky [NOOK Book]

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It's midnight in Granite Cove and only the sea clams are open. Murder creates havoc in this sleepy fishing village and Rose McNichols, reporter for the Granite Cove Gazette, is drawn into the case. Who killed Vivian Klinger, Ph.D., a woman too perfect for mere mortals, a woman who had everything but a sense of humor?
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It's midnight in Granite Cove and only the sea clams are open. Murder creates havoc in this sleepy fishing village and Rose McNichols, reporter for the Granite Cove Gazette, is drawn into the case. Who killed Vivian Klinger, Ph.D., a woman too perfect for mere mortals, a woman who had everything but a sense of humor?
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Editorial Reviews

Brenda Scott
A Nose for Hanky Panky is Sharon Love Cook's first mystery novel. In it, she infuses a clever sense of humor through absorbing, likable characters and an engrossing storyline, all tied up in an inviting seaside setting. In fact, the seaside village of Granite Cove is based on Gloucester, Massachusetts, where Sharon Love Cook grew up. Cook's exceptional writing style drives the story along to its climactic ending which makes this a must read!
Laura Hinds
       
       “A Nose for Hanky Panky” is author Sharon Love Cook’s debut novel and is set in a Granite Cove, a suburb north of Boston. The story centers on the murder of a well-respected psychologist, Dr. Vivian Klinger, therapist for many, but friend to few. The police investigation leaves a lot to be desired;
J. E. Boyle
I love sleepy seaside village mysteries, preferably set in New England. While reading A Nose for Hanky Panky, I could almost smell the seaweed drying in the sun, and hear the call of the gulls swooping overhead. Not only is the mystery evocative, it is amusing--and suspenseful.
Laura Hinds
Sharon Cook has a delightful way of introducing her characters so that they charm their way right into the reader's heart. Good guys and bad guys (or good gals and bad girls) are written with such descriptive detail that they spring to life in one's imagination. This is a cozy small town mystery that makes a reader feel at home within its pages. There are even an assortment of dogs with unique personalities and issues. From a pure bred pampered pooch with an aversion to Cowboy Hats, to an auto y
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013134867
  • Publisher: Mainly Murder Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Series: A Granite Cove Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 58,794
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sharon Love Cook knows all about the intrigue of a sleepy fishing village. She grew up on Cape Ann, Mass. A graduate of Bennington College's MFA Writing program, she's a cartoonist, a newspaper and mystery writer living in Beverly Farms, Mass. with husband Oliver and herd of rescued cats. The latter she adopted through her association with Friends of Beverly Animals, where she is VP.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Enjoyed

    I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot going for it, humor, romance, mystery and a cute plot. I liked the people, they had belivable personalities and were not the perfect, smart, skinny, well to do, never make a mistake characters, most authors write about these days. I liked the dog which acted like a dog, instead of a human. This book did not contain cursing, sex, or violent mayham, it was just a good, fast read. There were some slow parts and few items made me say "huh?" There is one sore spot I have for many of these reporter women as heroine books, no police force would let a citizen investigate and interfere with an ongoing case. There were a few grammer mistakes and a bit of bad punctuation, but this was not at all annoying as they were so few. This book was about 400 pages long on my nook. I think young teens could read this if they are mature readers. Adults from the young at heart, to seniors would get a kick out this story.

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    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

    I love a good mystery and this book, first in a series, is very

    I love a good mystery and this book, first in a series, is very good indeed.  The characters are believable and realistic.  There is humor and romance.  I enjoyed to much that I wrote the author to find out if there will be a sequel.  I have to know what happens next in Granite Cove .  Luckily for all of us, Ms. Cook is working on the next book.

       

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    I Love Cozy Seacoast Mysteries!

    Ms. Cook must have been reading my mind when she wrote A Nose for Hanky Panky. How did she know that I love the atmospheric quiet fishing village setting? Or that I adore lively character, a little quirky, but believably so. Many authors go over the top with oddball personality traits just to be memorable. These people are memorable because they seem so familiar. Betty Ann (or B.A.) is the friend you've always wanted. So many times while reading at my favorite coffee shop, I LOL-ed at some remark Betty Ann made--or Doris, the cleaning lady who won't stop talking. I also fell in love with Cal Devine, the gorgeous cop. So, Sharon Love Cook has included funny, warm, believable characters, smart dialogue, romance, danger and a setting that makes me want to pack my suitcase and move in tomorrow. My only complaint is that there's not another in this series. Let's hope the author is working on one as I write.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

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    Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Dr. Vivian Klinger,

    Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

    Dr. Vivian Klinger, the beautiful shrink of the quiet fishing town, Granite Cove, is found dead in her office. For Rose McNichols, this is undeniably a huge story compared to Senior Citizens’ Chowder Fest or bowling scores. Who would kill the town’s icon? Can one of the locals really do such thing? A Nose for Hanky Panky is the first installment of A Granite Cove Mystery series by Sharon Love Cook.

    The premise of the story is a familiar ground but I always look forward to the mystery and the characters. The protagonist, Rose McNichols, is a local newspaper reporter for Granite Cove Gazette. I admire her perseverance for being a reporter in a town that hardly makes news at all, except for mundane things. Her investigations around town are enjoyable to read. While gathering important clues and information, we are introduced to other characters, the local folks themselves. I particularly love Doris, an important witness as she was the one who discovered Klinger’s dead body. Her strong tendency to be distracted in her story is funny and I sympathized with Rose who tries to glean important details from her.

    Cook’s prose is uncomplicated but cleverly written with a delightful humor. The dialogue is sharp and the plot is very well-paced. This is not a heavy, action-packed mystery sleuth story. On the other hand, it is absolutely a fun, light mystery book to relax with. All in all, I enjoyed it and Granite Cove Mystery series is definitely worth following.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMENDED!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Sooooooooo good!!!!!

    Love this book!! A great cozy mystery with wonderful characters and it is laugh out loud funny! I sincerely hope that there will be many more books to come with Rose and her fellow townsfolk of Granite Cove!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    A mystery with no conclusion.

    This book was a disappointment. The settings were never described well enough to envision. Numerous characters were tossed in for seemingly no reason (also not described well enough to picture). The story was choppy. Isolated scenarios had nothing to do with the main story. And to end it all, the mystery was NEVER solved. Yes, we find a bad person at the end who's arrested, but the story states the person "wasn't implicated in the murders." Sooo... nothing is solved. Since we still don't know who murdered Vivian Klinger or why. There are also total nonsense scenes. There's no explanation for why Martha was out in the middle of nowhere when Rose last meets her. Why did Rose go there? Why was Martha there? Martha's reaction makes no sense either.
    This seems like an early attempt from a potentially budding author who needs some coaching and pointers.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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    A delightful comedic murder mystery, set in small town America,

    A delightful comedic murder mystery, set in small town America, where the usual petty jealousies abound, on this occasion spilling over into the murder of a local lady. The first in the series, the story introduces us to sassy, breezy, Rose, who uses her journalistic credentials to investigate and solve such murder is. It's a fun page turner and isn't laid down with emotional navel-gazing. Violence and foul language are kept to minimum. The author successfully conceals the villain until the last moment.
    One for a lazy weekend.
    Nina Jon is the author of the Jane Hetherington Adventures in Detection crime and mystery series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    Great fun!

    This book was great fun and kept me wanting more! Very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Nice!

    Very entertaining. When's the next book coming out?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    highly recommended

    A humorous, irreverent, mystery that digs through the historical fabric, past & present, of Gloucester, MA, North Shore and Boston.
    A most enjoyable read!



    Horseless in Hamilton

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  • Posted October 5, 2010

    Everything I love in a mystery!

    Ms. Cook must have been reading my mind when she wrote A Nose for Hanky Panky. How did she know that I love the atmospheric, quiet, fishing village setting? Or that I adore lively character, a little quirky, but believably so. Many authors go over the top with oddball personality traits just to be memorable. These people are memorable because they seem so familiar. Betty Ann (or B.A.) is the friend you've always wanted. So many times while reading at my favorite coffee shop, I LOL-ed at some remark Betty Ann made--or Doris, the cleaning lady who won't stop talking. I also fell in love with Cal Devine, the gorgeous cop. So, Sharon Love Cook has included funny, warm, believable characters, smart dialogue, romance, danger and a setting that makes me want to pack my suitcase and move in tomorrow. My only complaint is there's not another title. Let's hope the author is working on one as I write.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    Psst! You won't want to miss this debut mystery novel!

    Sharon Love Cook has infused the mystery genre with a wonderful new sleuth in "A Nose for Hanky Panky". Local newspaper reporter Rose McNichols not only sniffs out local news stories, she's hot on the trail of who the murderer of hotshot psychologist Vivian Klinger might be. The book is filled with interesting characters, believable situations, sudden bursts of humor, vivid descriptions of the area known as Cape Ann, just north of Boston, and even practical and somewhat hilarious household hints. I sincerely hope that a sequel will be out sooner rather than later, but while this series is brand-new, you'll want to get in on the ground floor so you don't miss a thing. Order your copy today--- you won't regret it for a minute!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

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    A must read!

    A Nose for Hanky Panky is Sharon Love Cook's first mystery novel. In it, she infuses a clever sense of humor through absorbing, likable characters and an engrossing storyline, all tied up in an inviting seaside setting. In fact, the seaside village of Granite Cove is based on Gloucester, Massachusetts, where Sharon Love Cook grew up. Cook's exceptional writing style drives the story along to its climactic ending which makes this a must read!

    Granite Cove, summer playground of the wealthy and home to working class townies like Rose McNichols, have slowly watched their town become a fashionable haven for the upper class. As the story unfolds, Cook shows us glimpses into the class warfare between the working class residents of the Massachusetts seaside fishing town of Granite Cove and its most prominent residents.

    When beautiful and successful Granite Cove psychologist Dr. Vivian Klinger is discovered dead in her office, local reporter Rose McNichols begins an investigation of her own. Rose reflects, "As I mentioned, the victim wasn't your average townie. No, she was a paragon who drove the perfect car, a glossy, midnight blue BMW convertible. Its doors sported nautical flag decals meaningful to those who sail. Many times she'd roar past me on Route 128 as I chugged along in my pre-owned Jetta. I'd yell out the window, 'Up your exhaust pipe!' Although my words were blown away by the wind, I felt righteous."

    There is any number of suspicious characters from which to choose. The prime suspect is Granite Cove's very own Rusty Favazza, former football hero turned vagabond that is until Rusty turns up dead in the fish pond. As Rose winds her way through the many suspects, she finds herself being stocked herself and can't help but wonder if she'll be the next target. Cal Devine, Rose's former high school boyfriend, is doing everything he can to see that that doesn't happen!

    Cook adds a touch of humor to the end of each chapter with a letter from Auntie Pearl's Helpful Housekeeping Hints column. In them, readers look to Auntie Pearl for advice. The comical responses given by Rose are witty and entertaining as she avoids doling out any advice not related to tips on housekeeping.

    I highly recommend "A Nose For Hanky Panky" for it's lighthearted, whimsical, and well thoughout plot. I'm looking forward to the next installment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Boring

    Only slightly better than her book The Legend of Judgment Rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2010

    If you have a nose for mysteries, then you will have A Nose For Hanky Panky!

    Entertaining, humorous, and quite clever.... Sharon Love Cook weaves it all together....a murder mystery, quirky characters, and a quaint seaside setting...a perfect recipe for an enjoyable yet mysterious read! Moneyless in Manchester-By-The-Sea

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