All Things Murder

All Things Murder

by Jeanne Quigley

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ISBN-13: 9781432829957
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 05/21/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 747,520
File size: 390 KB

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All Things Murder 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
Soap opera actress Veronica Walsh loves playing the diva and loves her role on the show Days and Nights. When her show is cancelled, she’s devastated. With no other acting prospects on the horizon, she returns to her Adirondack hometown to visit with her mother and old friends. Her mother would be more than happy if she’d help her out in the family bookstore and return home for good. Wealthy business woman and Veronica’s neighbor, Anna Langdon, has a business proposal to discuss with her. Veronica has no clue what it’s all about but when she goes to her meeting, she discovers Anna’s dead body. Veronica is more than stunned and wonders if it has anything to do with Anna’s attempts at stop a major developer from taking over their small town businesses. Veronica can’t help but stick her nose in police business and search for the truth behind Anna’s death. With the help of her former co-star, Alex Shelby, and her childhood friend, Mark Burke, the threesome set out to catch themselves a killer without finding themselves to be the next victims. Jeanne Quigley is a wonderful new voice in the cozy mystery genre. I devoured this book. It has it all – mystery, great characters, and a bit of romance too. I really appreciated that our heroine was an older character. There aren’t many of them around and Veronica was someone I could identify with (although I would never take any dangerous risks, I’m more boring – LOL). The romance was just the right amount – not too much, not too little and very believable. I feel like I just spent the last couple of days in the Adirondacks. When a book can transport you to its location, its done its job. Needless to say, I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series. Excellent start! FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
an enjoyable stay in the Adirondacks All Things Murder by Jeanne Quigley The First Veronica Walsh Mystery For 32 years Veronica Walsh starred in the soap opera, Days and Nights, but when the show is cancelled she realizes roles are more difficult to come by for an almost 54 year old actress. She decides a change of scenery is what she needs, so Veronica moves back to her home town in the Adirondacks. The slower pace of her charming town soon proves dangerous.When her neighbor is murdered and Veronica finds the body, she decides to start sleuthing. She has the help of a childhood friend and now her former co-star, buy will these two male cohorts create more problems? I don’t seem to run across many books that feature middle aged women. There are several starring senior citizens while the majority seem to feature 20 and 30 year olds. I’m pleased to say that All Things Murder fills this void, giving us Veronica Walsh, a woman of mature years who has had a lifetime of experience, but isn’t ready for retirement yet. The book also brings to light the sad truth in society when it comes to women of a certain age, but it does so with grace and humor. Neither does it hammer this state of affairs into readers’ heads. Instead, we have a funny, intelligent woman who, in searching for the next chapter in her life, finds comfort in her own mother and childhood home, the possibility of two suitors, and murder! Jeanne Quigley deftly pens this mystery providing an enjoyable stay in the Adirondacks with a fun cast of characters.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Emmy-winning actress Veronica Walsh is accustomed to role-playing. Over her thirty-two-year career on the soap opera Days and Nights, her character has been a businesswoman, wife (multiple times), mother, prison inmate and fugitive. None of that prepared her for the role of a real-life sleuth. When Veronica cannot land a new part after the soap’s cancellation, she returns to her Adirondack hometown for what she hopes is a temporary visit. No sooner does she arrive than Veronica finds herself in a swirl of turmoil, with her neighbor at the center. In the span of a few hours, powerful businesswoman Anna Langdon extends an invitation to Veronica to discuss a business proposal, ends a short romance with Veronica’s high school beau, threatens to evict one of her retail tenants and thwarts a deal to build a mall on local farmland. Veronica receives an unexpected welcome-home present when she finds Anna’s body the next morning, the cast-iron skillet used to kill her lying at her feet. Soon Veronica is chasing leads with the help of friend Mark Burke and her former co-star Alex Shelby. Twists straight from a soap script, including two leading men vying for her attention, entangle Veronica as she gathers clues. Will Veronica solve the case, or will the killer be as elusive as an acting job? And will she play the heroine or the damsel in distress? Dollycas’s Thoughts As a fan of cozy mysteries and soap operas, (I am an avid Days of Our Lives fan.) I loved this book! Where do soap stars go when their shows are cancelled? Several find new roles to play and several like Veronica Walsh come home to regroup and start a new path in their lives. In Veronica’s case finding her neighbor dead puts a huge bump in her new path and it can derail her or she can use her years of soap experience and find the person responsible for Anna Langdon’s untimely demise. Jeanne Quigley has created a great amateur sleuth in Veronica (Ronnie) Walsh and surrounding her with a great group of supporting characters. Having her former co-star come to visit was a brilliant idea. Who could create a better diversion while Ronnie tries to figure out who got rid of a woman so many people wanted dead? An actor that can make woman swoon and play any part Ronnie needs him play. I can’t believe this is the author’s debut novel. She has definitely found her cozy voice and is a new author to keep our eyes on. I think this is going to be a very successful series and I can’t wait for the next installment.
Christine_O_Cheallaigh More than 1 year ago
The author pulls you in right away, from the very first paragraph. She makes even the most unlikeable characters sympathetic, giving even the murder victim one redeeming quality---she is determined to not let anything bad happen to “her” village (the main character’s hometown), despite the efforts of one of the villagers and an out-of-town developer. Her motives may not be entirely altruistic, but the end result is the same so the locals are perfectly happy letting her take care of their problem for them. Having been born and raised in a small town myself, and still living in a small town (okay, the county seat of about 12,000 people, but that’s still small for around here) it was easy to get into the story. The atmosphere, the people, and all the drama that comes with small town life was very believable, and I could even recognize a few of my own hometown’s residents in the Bartonians. There were several hilarious scenes where Veronica got herself into some possibly sticky situations and had to get herself out of them because her so-called backup was nowhere to be found, proving her resilience and ability to think quickly on her feet, which should come in handy on her future adventures. The ending was a total surprise; just when the author had me convinced I knew who the killer was, I got blindsided by the critical clue that tied it all together. There aren’t too many authors who are able to put one over on me anymore; I grew up on Agatha Christie mysteries and got used to spotting red herrings ages ago (sometimes not recognizing the significance of them until the end, but I could still tell one when I saw it). Any author who is able to keep me guessing till the end of the book is going to make my favorites list, and this author just made the top ten. I look forward to reading more of her work!