Old crimes come back to haunt a small California town in this intriguing urban cozy. ABSINTHE OF MALICE introduces Penny Mackenzie, Lifestyle reporter for The Pearl Outrider, and a cast of unforgettable characters who find their lives turned upside down when old secrets and new secrets all come to light after chance discovery of a skeleton in a cotton field leads to murder...and romance.
|Product dimensions:||0.55(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
English teacher, legal secretary, travel agent,
and now, debut mystery author. She lives in
Yukon, OK where in between trips to her
tornado shelter, she is hard at work on
her next Penny Mackenzie Mystery. You can
learn more about Pat and her books by visiting
her website, www.authorsden.com/patbrowning
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a delightful cozy read. Browning's pearl, California could be St. Mary mead or Three Pines- a town full of likable people with long histories that can come back to bless or to curse them and their neighbors. Browning's obvious knowledge of small town newspaper business is a perfect background for the savvy Penny Mackenzie who by the end of the book has not only solved the mystery of several deaths and disappearances, righted and ancient wrong or two, but also has her personal life set on a most interesting track. A very satisfying read.
This novella was a decent read. At times my interest lacked thru the story.
There's a whole lot to love about "Absinthe of Malice", Pat Browning's delightful debut mystery featuring Penny Mackenzie, lifestyle reporter for her hometown newspaper, The Pearl Outrider. This cozy immediately dispels the notion that nothing ever happens in a small town. Believe me, in the small town of Pearl, California, there are a whole lotta things going on, including the discovery of an old skeleton, a murder, then another murder and secrets. Many, many secrets. Penny and her best friend and fellow reporter Maxie Harper discover the skeleton while researching a story on a moonless night in a local farmer's cotton field. Yikes! Can you say "scared to death"? Then Maxie dies at a chamber of commerce event Penny is covering for the newspaper. And an old love who comes back into town to complicate Penny's life even more. Could all these events be connected? Browning's plot is neatly done and her characters are terrific, but where this writer especially excels is in her scenic descriptions. For example, the opening of Chapter fifteen: "The newsroom smelled faintly of cheese. Cramped, cluttered with debris from a thousand deadlines. I could swear the walls moved closer together every day. Funny thing, though. When everyone was there, with phones ringing, computers clacking, the printer and fax machine churning out paper by the yard, the clutter appeared to serve a real purpose. On a quiet Sunday morning like this, the newsroom had about as much charm as a pigsty." I hope Pat Browning and Penny Mackenzie give us another sneak peek at life in Pearl, California, very soon. Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author of "Retirement Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine