Beads of Doubt

Beads of Doubt

by Barbara Burnett Smith, Karen MacInerney

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When Senator Kitzi Camden retired, she dreamed of doing what she loved best—beading. She certainly didn’t plan to try her hand at amateur sleuthing. But trouble seems to find her wherever she goes—even in her own backyard.
The Old Camden Family Manse in Austin, home to Kitzi and her mother, is eight thousand square feet of magnificently restored Southern splendor. And Kitzi and her best friend have the place sparkling like a jewel for the upcoming Bead Tea charity event. But the mood abruptly changes when a crafty cousin threatens to take over the Manse, leaving Kitzi and her mother on the street.
Then her cousin’s beady-eyed partner is found dead in a Dumpster nearby. There are plenty of suspects at the Tea—and Kitzi’s one of them. Now, with the help of her beau Nate, she has to save her home and reputation—and tie up the loose ends before the murderer draws a bead on her.
“There’s a legacy of strong Texas women, and I’d like to welcome Kitzi Camden to the ranks. She’s smart, funny, and shoots from the mouth.” –Ann Richards, former Texas governor and author of I’m Not Slowing Down

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ISBN-13: 9781440619090
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Series: Beading Mystery , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 328,633
File size: 591 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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Beads of Doubt 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a bit of a muddle of a book, quite understandable as the author died midway through finishing it. Kitzi Camden was a senator and now she lives in the family manse in Austin Texas. She's now threatened with eviction by her unscrupulous cousin. When that cousin's partner turns up dead she has to try and find out what's going on and who killed who, particularly as she's one of the suspects.Somehow I didn't get a feeling of an older person from the character, she didn't come across as being someone who had been a senator, maybe a local councillor, but maybe that's just me reflecting Irish politics on an American situation.It's a bit of a muddle because the author died and we will never know what she really planned for this story, it's not a bad story but it could possibly have been better.
stardreamer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As crafting mysteries go, this one is okay -- I don't expect anything but fluff out of books like this, and it delivers acceptably. However, it does have several flaws which made it less enjoyable than it could have been: 1) There is enough focus on one particular item in the charity auction that I fully expected it to go missing and become a major plot element. This does not happen, which fails Chekhov's test. ("If there is a gun on the wall in Act 1, it should be fired by the end of Act 3.")2) The heroine is demonstrably a Mary Sue of the "she can do anything better than the experts" variety, although less obnoxious about it than some I've encountered. 3) The book as a whole reads rather like a PR pamphlet from the Austin Chamber of Commerce. The heroine spends improbable amounts of time musing about the buildings and historical landmarks she passes while driving around the city -- the sort of things which, to people who live in a given location, are just background unless we're showing a visiting friend the sights. If you want a virtual tour of Austin, you may see this as a feature; to me, it was word-padding and a distraction from the story. Overall, I would rate this as flawed but readable. Sadly, there are not likely to be further books in this series, as the author died unexpectedly while writing it and the book was completed by a second author.
violinnm More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be incredibly engaging and charming. I have since purchased the first book of the series, Bead on Trouble and can't wait to dive in.
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Mister_Ree_Reader More than 1 year ago
I read this book shortly after it came out. I was a fan of Barbara Burnett Smith and her character Kitzi Camden. I certainly am glad Karen MacInerney helped finish the book. It was sad that Barbara passed on and it does not appear the series with Kitzi will continue at this time. I think Kitzi was an excelent character - shades of another former Texas politician.
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