School of Hard Knocks

School of Hard Knocks

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by Donna Huston Murray
     
 

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A daylight burglary turns to murder when Ginger Barnes's neighborhood friend returns home at the worst possible time. Thefts and threats and wild accusations swiftly follow, but it's the attack on elderly eccentric Letty MacNair that hammers the message home-anybody could be next. Some discreet inquiries by an experienced amateur sleuth might speed the investigation…  See more details below

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A daylight burglary turns to murder when Ginger Barnes's neighborhood friend returns home at the worst possible time. Thefts and threats and wild accusations swiftly follow, but it's the attack on elderly eccentric Letty MacNair that hammers the message home-anybody could be next. Some discreet inquiries by an experienced amateur sleuth might speed the investigation along, but this is Gin's safe haven we're talking about. Does she have something more daring in mind?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ginger Barnes, last seen in The Main Line Is Murder, resumes her role as typical wife, mother, homemaker and unassuming sleuth as she investigates the criminal activity running rampant in her cul-de-sac in Philadelphia's Main Line. Items are stolen from garages and cars, houses are broken into and her good friend is bludgeoned to death during a robbery. Gin's grief is overshadowed by the uneasy sensation that something about the whole thing doesn't feel right. Snooping brings her to the gate of her next-door neighbor, Letty, an elderly eccentric living in squalor within the walls of her once grand mansion. When Letty becomes the next victim, Gin learns that someone has been slowly siphoning off the woman's trust fund and sets out to trap the crook. This is an easygoing cozy that is probably strictly for female readers, who will surely appreciate Murray's smart, often insightful first-person narrative and her coherent characters. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985688066
Publisher:
Donna Huston Murray
Publication date:
02/12/2014
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Nancy Pickard
You'll definitely want to add this series to your library.
Camilla Crespi
Intelligent, wise with a full measure of pluck, Ginger Barnes is the sleuth and friend we'd all want on our team.

Meet the Author

Donna Huston Murray is the author of the Ginger Barnes Main Line Mysteries, including The Main Line is Murder, Final Arrangements, School of Hard Knocks, No Bones About It, A Score to Settle, and Farewell Performance. She lives in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

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School of Hard Knocks (A Ginger Barnes Mystery) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it was great and kept my interest. Good job Donna. Looking forward to the other books.
Flufferknitter More than 1 year ago
Very good cozy!
xstitchfan More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4.5/5 stars!  I read this lovely cozy mystery in one evening.  I couldn't put it down after I started reading. I took one break to eat dinner!  When I won this book, I only knew nothing about it, except that it was a mystery book. So I opened the book hoping I would like it.  After reading 2 chapters, I loved this book!  The book opens with the report of a woman attacked in her own home in Bryn Mawr, PA. The TV reporter is so robotic and unemotional that she could have been reading the phone book. Our main character Ginny Barnes is appalled by the news.  She lives in a regular nice suburban neighborhood near Bryn Mawr. She's a typical mom of two regular teenage kids who have all the normal teenage problems.  In the next few days, Gin's street develops a crime wave.  Poor Gin, she just can't help herself.  She can't stop trying to solve the crimes - much to the chagrin of her husband, an overworked and stressed out private school principal. The local police aren't much help either. They aren't taking this crime and Gin's observations seriously. In earlier times, the detective would be telling Gin, "Don't worry your pretty little head." But all of this changes, when something very serious happens.  I loved that the author made Gin and her neighbors just like people I've known in any suburban town. Another big plus is that I didn't know who the criminal was until the end of the book.  All of the suspects were so plausible. This may be my first Ginger Barnes mystery, but it won't be my last. I heartily recommend "School of Hard Knocks" to any cozy mystery lover. Happy Reading! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was boring at times so I skipped many pages. I rate this read 2.5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Donna Huston Murray, I've read. Since reading this book, I have purchased another book by her for my Nook. I find the characters interesting, the plots good and over all a good book. Not a great book, but I certainly will purchase more of her books.
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I thought it was a little hard to get into at first...but could not put it down! Looking forward to reading the others
m569 More than 1 year ago
enjoyed reading this book