Drizzled with Death (Sugar Grove Series #1)

Drizzled with Death (Sugar Grove Series #1)

by Jessie Crockett

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ISBN-13: 9780425260005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Sugar Grove Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 522,737
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

As a nearly lifelong resident of the Granite State, Jessie Crockett naturally adores black flies, 98 percent humidity, killing frosts in August, and snowbanks taller than the average grandmother. When not working on her next murderous adventure, she enthusiastically putters in her greenhouse, designs bento lunches, and throws parties. She delights in mentoring young writers at a local elementary school. Jessie lives with her husband and children in a village so small, many other New Hampshire residents have never heard of it. 

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Drizzled with Death 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I usually don't expect much of first in a series but this book suprised me. Dani is a pint sized character with a huge personality. I got a kick out of the humor in this book, the exotic animals had me laughing. The mystery had me guessing until the end. I loved the fact that she didn't go around browbeating people but by asking simple questions. The secondary characters are varied and mostly likeable. I eagerly await the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this book but sadly I was so disappointed! Isn't this supposed to be a mystery? Someone dies in the second chapter and then literally nothing happens regarding the mystery for like 50 pages. I was just skimming the pages and finally gave up. Maybe it got better.
chocolateMM More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading "Drizzled With Death" very much. The leading character is charming and realistic. She's very likable. This book kept me interested and I enjoyed the humorous events and turns of phrase that Ms. Crockett used. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. One thing could be improved--more character development of the other characters in the story.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Drizzled With Death is the first book in the A Sugar Grove Mystery. I think this will be a fun series. One thing that I would like to see is more information on the making of maple syrup. With these "speciality" mysteries, I enjoy learning something about that area and would like to see what the process is like. Dani Greene's family has growing maple syrup business, which is one of the few suggestions that the family has listened to from the "baby" she's in her late 20's, of the family. But that could very well change as at the annual Sap Bucket Brigade annual pancake eating contest, Alanza Speedwell ends up dead, face down in her stack of pancakes. The Greene family has been providing the maple syrup and it determined that there was poison added to the syrup. Since the wheels of justice are turning slower than Dani likes, she starts to do some investigation of her own. She soon finds that there is an extensive list of people would like to see her gone for good. Dani's family are likeable. The grandparents are ones you would love, her sister borders on one you would love to hate, but at the same time provides a little fun. Her best friend, Piper Wynwood, who owns a diner called The Stack, is another fun character with her anything but normal life. Of course there is a potential love interest for Dani, in the form of Graham Paterson, from the State Fish and Game. The book starts with Dani reporting the sighting of a mountain lion and Graham responds to her call. It's enjoyable to watch the bantering between these two. I hope to read more, before they decide that just maybe they might be attracted to each other. A very enjoyable read, even though reference to maple syrup was a little much. Maybe the next book will be set during sap collection time and we can learn a little more about that. Looking forward to book #2.
Gran7 More than 1 year ago
New author for me - liked it. Was a quick fun read
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was originally published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Dani Green is a fourth-generation maple syrup maker with a complicated life. She spots a mountain lion on her property, but no one believes her. Then one Alanza Speedwell, a newcomer in Sugar Grove, NH, ends up dropping dead into a stack of pancakes. Greener Pastures syrup, Dani’s brand, is discovered as the carrier of the poison. With a potential boyfriend and ex-boyfriend underfoot, a family who thinks she needs to get married, and exotic animals running all over town, Dani must push through the distractions and sort out a the clues before someone close to her is hurt, or worse, framed for murder. Review: Jessie Crockett has written a cozy mystery set in the fictions town of Sugar Grove, New Hampshire. It wasn’t until I looked up the definition of this term that I understood some of the writing style. Cozy mysteries downplay or treat humorously sex or violence and are set in small, intimate communities. I’ve read several series like this: Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy Mysteries and Lillian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who mysteries. Overall, I did enjoy this book, though I found it difficult to read in one sitting. I did like the character of Dani Green, a single woman in a small town with a large family who thinks she will be happier married. I think the over doing of the maple syrup was a little overdone. Moreover, the life or death final scene wasn't as convincing as it could have been. That said, it was a fun book to read, and I will enjoy seeing how the series develops.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Maple Sweet Debut The Greene family has owned a maple syrup tree farm in New Hampshire for generations.  Also part of the family tradition is providing the syrup for the town’s annual All You Can Eat Pancake fundraiser for the local fire department.  Never mind that Dani’s Grampa wins every year, people still love to attend.   At this year’s breakfast, Alanza Speedwell and Grampa are the last two eating when Alanza flops face first into her plate.  No, it isn’t a food coma, it was murder, and people begin to suspect that her syrup was poisoned.  Dani has been working hard to grow the family business, and this could be a huge setback if it doesn’t shut the place down all together.  And it's not like Alanza hadn't made plenty of enemies in the short time he'd been in town.  Can Dani find the killer before the business is the next victim?   This was a delightful debut.  While I did sometimes feel like I was struggling to keep up with the setting, the characters and plot were never hazy.  They only got stronger as the book progressed, and I was sucked into the story, not wanting to put it down until I saw how everything ended.  Since I love maple syrup myself (the real stuff, forget the imitations), I had some strong cravings while reading this book, and the two recipes in the back look like they would taste great.  There’s some great humor to this book, especially involving Dani’s love life and the exotic animals running loose in the area.   My only regret is that I wish I had read this book sooner.  I’m looking forward to revisiting Dani and her sweet world in the very near future.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Sugar Grove, New Hampshire. You are just in time for the annual pre-Thanksgiving pancake-eating contest sponsored by the Sap Bucket Brigade, aka the firefighters auxiliary. The Greene family always provides the syrup and Dani Greene—a fourth-generation maple syrup maker in helping her family carry on the tradition. She is even trying to expand the family business, Greener Pastures, by getting their syrup an organic certification and adding to their product line. All her work screeches to a halt when one of the pancake eating contestants, Alanza Speedwell, drops face first into her stack of flapjacks. Of course the syrup is immediately questioned. Dani knows the police—including her ex-boyfriend—are barking up the wrong tree, and she’s determined to pull her loved ones out of a very sticky situation. The odds may be stacked against her, but she’s got to tap the real killer before some poor sap in her own family ends up trading the sugar house for the Big House… Dollycas’s Thoughts This is terrific zany debut. It was so much fun to read because in addition to the syrup problems there were a bunch of crazy exotic animals on the loose. It all starts when Dani sees a mountain lion and the wild ride doesn’t end until the final page. Dani (there is some secret about her name) is a fantastic protagonist and she sure has that animal magnetism when it comes to tracking down the animals running around, drawing in Graham, the Fish and Game Warden and a killer. She is a what some would call a petite woman but her height or lack thereof doesn’t hold her back. She is a strong woman and she is ready to take on anyone to clear her family’s name. Her family’s main concern is to get her married off. I wanted to jump into the pages and slap her sister! She drove me nuts with they way she treats Dani!! Crockett has really impressed with the mystery she has stacked for us to enjoy. There were plenty of suspects and sticky situations. I love the humor in this story. The dialogue between Graham and Dani was so well written and enjoyable to read. They are quite a pair. Of course, the New Hampshire setting was beautiful. I wish I had read this book when it came out in October, the story matches that season perfectly. I could almost smell the burning leaves and the ton of food on the Greene Thanksgiving Day table. The next Sugar Grove Mystery, Maple Mayhem, comes out July 1. It will be one of the first books I grab as soon as it arrives!!
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Love this quirky character. Could be a winner without all the baffeling creatufe hunts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it about a pancake eating contest, syrup, or killing?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Or borrow from public library e books.mom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dani is not likeable, she seems sullen and judgmental.  The book left a few questions about Dani unanswered at the end. Plus, because the family makes maple syrup, everything they eat has maple or syrup in it.  Diabetes anyone?  She just didn't seem like a nice person, and very moody.  I'm done with this series.