Opening your apartment door to see a woman sliding down it is distressing. Especially when that woman has a knife in her chest. How could a murderer be roaming the halls in the middle of the night? After all the times she has encouraged Jolie to mind her own business, Aunt Madge has had a change of heart.
It's Jolie's boyfriend Scoobie Madge turns to to help her figure out who the murderer is. Not that being temporarily in an assisted living apartment prevents Aunt Madge from investigating herself. No, a fall from a stool that results in a broken wrist and ankle can't hold down the owner of the Cozy Corner B&B.
Could the murderer be a resident with a grudge, or a philandering neighbor who didn't want to get caught in someone else's bed? Aunt Madge's scooter rides take her to the laundry room where she thinks she spots a body in a bin, and into the cold to check exit doors to be sure they can't be entries for murder. All she gets is a reputation for being nosy. It's hard not to be when a dead woman's blood is on your carpet.
Murder's not all Madge and friends juggle. What will happen to the Alzheimer's patient whose husband wants to keep her in their apartment? Will Scoobie find information about Melvin, his ornery former professor, that will explain his odd behavior? And how will Madge and her good friend Lance avoid the acid-tongued Elmira Washington, who has decided she wants an apartment in their building? Elmira has been a thorn in Jolie's side for years. Would she be willing to kill to eliminate a roadblock to her move?
For a change, it's Madge whose persistence annoys Sergeant Morehouse of the Ocean Alley Police. He tells her she is moving up on his pain-in-the-ass list. Certainly the director of the Silver Times senior complex wants Aunt Madge to get well enough to leave. And she does miss her exuberant retrievers and husband Harry. He's busy burning muffins at the B&B instead of helping Jolie with the appraisal business.
Good humor at the Jersey shore. Except for the poor dead woman. Add the Christmas and Hanukkah season and there's good fun mixed with the murder.
About the Author
Elaine L. Orr is the Amazon bestselling author of the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. "Behind the Walls" was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. Annie Acorn Publishing will issue the first book in Elaine's River's Edge cozy mystery series in late fall 2015. Elaine also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, "Common Ground", published in 2015. Her novella, "Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993. Elaine conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes "Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper." A member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994. Her fiction and nonfiction are at all online retailers in all formats -- ebooks, paperbacks, large print, and (on Amazon, itunes, and Audible.com) audio in digital form. Support your local bookstore!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Holidays in Ocean Alley is a wonderful addition to the series. It is every bit as good as the earlier volumes. Aunt Madge and Scoobie take center stage, and Jolie is a supporting character. Holidays in Ocean Alley has a truly unique plot that develops in ways I just didn't expect. And even after the mystery is solved, we get the chance to pass the time with old friends on to new adventures. The voice of the series is so clear and uncluttered. Even though the book is from a different point of view, it's still delightful. Amazingly, the voice of Scoobie is different from that of Aunt Madge. Just from the first few words of a chapter, one can tell who is speaking. I know that's the way it's supposed to be, but it's still an amazing thing to me, and Elaine Orr does such a fine job of it. Perhaps because of all the plays she's written. In any case, I loved the book as much as I have the earlier ones, and look forward to reading anything else Elaine Orr writes for me to read, especially if it takes place on the Jersey Shore. Elaine Orr has a special talent and I hope she has a long and prolific career. BTW, I was provided an early copy in exchange for an honest review. However, I love the series so much I purchased my own copy as soon as it was released.