Perfect for Framing

Perfect for Framing

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Review by schuyler kaufman for Carolina Mountain Life

In "Perfect for Framing," Maggie Bishop brings back Jemma Chase, the engaging heroine of "Murder at Blue Falls," and Tucker (whose first name appears to be Detective), one of Bishop’s most romantic heroes—intelligent, sympathetic, and gorgeous—a refreshing change from the stereotypical

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Review by schuyler kaufman for Carolina Mountain Life

In "Perfect for Framing," Maggie Bishop brings back Jemma Chase, the engaging heroine of "Murder at Blue Falls," and Tucker (whose first name appears to be Detective), one of Bishop’s most romantic heroes—intelligent, sympathetic, and gorgeous—a refreshing change from the stereotypical police detectives in this genre of mystery).

This time, carpenter/photographer/dude-ranch trail-boss/CSI-hopeful Jemma becomes entangled in the murder of the power-abusive President of a nearby property owners’ association. Naturally, Jemma’s involvement is both a distraction and a delight for Detective Tucker.

As a victim, Petula Windsor is perfect for killing. As suspects, the subdivision’s resentful property owners would throw a barbecue celebrating Petula’s death if they dared. In the first paragraph, Jemma hears one property owner say her death “might be a relief to a lot of us.”

Readers who know Bishop’s work, however, also know better than to jump to conclusions. Perfect for Framing turns and twists like ski tracks on Sugar Mountain. In a masterful stroke, Bishop tucks the key to the mystery into a one-page prologue. No—I’m not giving anything away. If you reach the end, find the connection, and don’t slap your forehead, it’s likely because you’re not the forehead-slapping sort.

Bishop’s delightful cast of reality-based local characters round out the dramatis personnae, including one first responder named Maggie.

Perfect for Framing is, in short, a delicious romance wrapped up in a brain-tickler of a mystery with a solution that can, in the end, be both frustrating and satisfying—frustrating because it’s hard to unravel; yet satisfying, because when the solution is revealed, it feels inevitable.

Find yourself a cat or two, a comfy couch, and some time alone, then settle in for a story that is as deftly crafted as Jemma’s cabinetry, and entertaining as Tucker’s bemusement when Jemma gets it right—again!



Our State Magazine, reviewed by Elizabeth Langfahl

Boone author Maggie Bishop brings back carpenter, photographer, and unabashed “SCI” wannabe Jemma Chase in the second of her Appalachian Adventure Mystery series. In “Perfect for Framing,” Jemma finds herself entangled in a web of neighborhood intrigue after she accepts a custom cabinet-making job in an up-and-coming mountain development, Hickory Hills. At the same time, energetic Jemma is in pursuit of a job with the sheriff’s department, where the man she is “keeping company” with, Detective Tucker, is employed.
While installing cabinetry in the home of a local resident, Jemma learns that power-hungry, rich, and attractive Property Owners Association President Petula Windsor has made many enemies in Hickory Hills and beyond. Petula hires Jemma to build cabinetry for her guesthouse. Neighborhood intrigue escalates when Jemma discovers Petula’s body in the burning guesthouse.
Although Detective Tucker is understandably reluctant to include Jemma in the murder investigation, Jemma’s natural instincts and knowledge of Petula’s foes and friends prove to be invaluable, even as Tucker finds his own life threatened. Together, Tucker and Jemma begin to discern the true nature of Petula’s many relationships and discover the identity of her killer. In a surprising twist, Jemma also discovers what is really worth pursuing in her own life.
“Perfect for Framing” is a fun, fast-paced read with lots of local flavor. Although the mystery surrounding Petula’s demise will keep you quickly turning pages, what’s ultimately most satisfying is keeping company with the characters of Jemma and Tucker in this mountain adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Christy Tillery French
Once more, Maggie Bishop delivers a thrilling whodunit, peppered with lovable characters and set against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains of North Carolina. Packed with breath-taking action and nail-biting suspense, with a twisting plot that guarantees constant speculation, this is one book that will have readers quickly turning pages, eager to find out what happens next. Highly recommended.
Cathy Pickens
Like a trip home to the mountains. Maggie Bishop has created a dude ranch near Boone, North Carolina, and now I wish there really was one there!

The illustrations in the book add a surprisingly nice dimension to the story and an authentic look at the locale. Who wouldn't love a book that has folks who go to UFO meetings, vicious battles between property owners, romance, and even Elvis [who is, incidentally, a real person ... but you need to either live in Boone or read the book to know

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012503107
Publisher:
Maggie Bishop
Publication date:
05/18/2011
Series:
Appalachian Adventures Mysteries , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Maggie Bishop is the author of a mystery series, Appalachian Adventure Mysteries, and two romance novels set in the Mountains of North Carolina in the Boone area. "I started with romance and have turned to murder."

"One Shot Too Many" (2011 mystery) features Detective Tucker with yesterday's regret haunts, leading to today's deadly fix. In "Perfect for Framing," trouble's a-brewing in the Property Owners Association where greed and a lust for power lead to murder in a clash of personal versus public needs. "Murder at Blue Falls" when her horse finds a body, CSI wannabe Jemma starts to investigate, Detective Tucker comes in and it twists and turns from there. "Emeralds in the Snow" involves skiing at Sugar Mountain, an emerald mine, and a cold case murder. Award winning "Appalachian Paradise" takes place on a five-day backpacking trip in the spring amongst the bears, boars and girl scouts. Maggie's fun book, "Meow Means Me! Now!" is a rhyming feline allegory with poetry and photos. This gift book is a departure from her novels but sprang from her love of cats . Think Dr. Suess meets Marley & Me.

Maggie Bishop hikes, skis, climbs, swims, explores and writes in the mountains of North Carolina where she settled in 1993 with her husband and cat. Every time they travel, they seek out other mountains but none are as exciting as the ancient Appalachians. When asked, "What do you do?" her answer is, "Entertain with word pictures."

To meet Maggie in person, check out her scheduled appearances at http://www.booktour.com/author/maggie_bishop

She was awarded the honor of being one of "One Hundred Incredible East Carolina University Women" for literature and leadership. She's an Air Force brat who put herself through East Carolina University and received a MBA degree, a former manufacturing executive, founder and past president of High Country Writers, past Secretary of Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers, and is a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Write Now! with Maggie are intense pen to paper writing workshops involve the nuts and bolts of crafting a novel or memoir. These sessions range from one hour to all day and provide direction and tools for better writing. Participants use their own stories for the writing exercises. For those beginning a work, these workshops generate ideas. For those finishing a draft, this is an opportunity to strengthen the story.

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schuylerkaufman More than 1 year ago
Perfect for Framing: An Appalachian Adventure Mystery Maggie Bishop High Country Publishers/Ingalls Publishing Group In Perfect for Framing, Maggie Bishop brings back Jemma Chase, the engaging heroine of Murder at Blue Falls, and Tucker (whose first name appears to be Detective), one of Bishop's most romantic heroes--intelligent, sympathetic, and gorgeous--a refreshing change from the stereotypical police detectives in this genre of mystery. Bishop's delightful cast of reality-based local characters round out the dramatis personnae. This time, carpenter/photographer/dude-ranch trail-boss/CSI-hopeful Jemma becomes entangled in the murder of the power-abusive President of a nearby property owners' association. Naturally, Jemma's involvement is both a distraction and a delight for Detective Tucker. As a victim, Petula Windsor is perfect for killing. As suspects, the subdivision's resentful property owners would throw a barbecue celebrating Petula's death if they dared. In the first paragraph, Jemma hears one property owner say Ms Windsor's death "might be a relief to a lot of us." Readers who know Bishop's work, however, also know better than to jump to conclusions. Perfect for Framing turns and twists like ski tracks on Sugar Mountain. In a masterful stroke, Bishop tucks the key to the mystery into a one-page prologue. No--I'm not giving anything away. If you reach the end, find the connection, and don't slap your forehead, it's likely because you're not the forehead-slapping sort. Perfect for Framing is, in short, a delicious romance wrapped up in a brain-tickler of a mystery with a solution that can, in the end, be both frustrating and satisfying--frustrating because it's hard to unravel; yet satisfying, because when the solution is revealed, it feels inevitable. Find yourself a cat or two, a comfy couch, and some time alone, then settle in for a story that is as deftly crafted as Jemma's cabinetry, and entertaining as Tucker's bemusement when Jemma gets it right--again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jemma and Detective Tucker are back for the second time in Maggie Bishop's Appalachian Adventure series. This time, Jemma is picking up some carpentry work in a resort community during the dude ranch's slack season when she overhears gossip about the president of the property owners' association. When the president dies during a house fire, it's not an accident and there are lots of suspects. Like her other Appalachian Adventures, this book features photographs, authentic details about the area and a few real local characters in minor roles.
christytilleryfrench More than 1 year ago
Jemma Chase and Detective Tucker return for another suspense-filled escapade in Perfect for Framing, the latest addition to Maggie Bishop¿s acclaimed Appalachian Adventure Mystery series. With the advent of winter, Jemma turns from helping run Chase¿s Dude Ranch to utilizing her skills as photographer and wood worker. Jemma is hired by Petula Windsor, president of a local property owners¿ association, to build cabinets in her guest house, but before Jemma can collect her pay, Petula burns to death in the same house. Jemma, a CSI wannabe, would like nothing more than to be in on the investigation, and Tucker has a hard time trying to keep her interest at bay. But when Petula¿s husband is found dead and Tucker¿s life is jeopardized, Jemma won¿t be stopped until she finds the murderer.

Once more, Maggie Bishop delivers a thrilling whodunit peppered with lovable characters and set against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains of North Carolina. Packed with breath-taking action and nail-biting suspense, with a twisting plot that guarantees constant speculation, this is one book that will have readers quickly turning pages, eager to find out what happens next.