May Day (Murder-by-Month Series #1)

May Day (Murder-by-Month Series #1)

by Jess Lourey
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May Day (Murder-by-Month Series #1) by Jess Lourey

Minneapolitan Mira James has been taking it easy since college graduation--too easy. Due to a dead-end job and a cheating boyfriend, the Twin Cities have lost their charm, and Mira decides to begin a new life in rural Battle Lake. Right away she is offered jobs as an assistant librarian and part-time reporter, and falls into an unexpected romance with a guy who seems to be the perfect man until he turns up dead between the reference stacks her tenth day on the job.

Anxious to learn more about the man who had briefly stolen her heart, Mira delves into the hidden mysteries of Battle Lake, including a old land deed with ancient Ojibwe secrets, an obscure octogenarian crowd with freaky social lives, and a handful of thirtysomething high school buddies who hold bitter, decades-old grudges. Mira soon discovers that unknown dangers are concealed under the polite exterior of this quirky small town, and revenge is a tator-tot hotdish best served cold.

A hip, humorous, and gripping account of small-town murder, this novel is the first in a series of cozies featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots.

Praise:

"Jess Lourey writes about a small-town assistant librarian, but this is no genteel traditional mystery. Mira James likes guys in a big way, likes booze, and isn't afraid of motorcycles. She flees a deadend job and a deadend boyfriend in Minneapolis and lands up in Battle Lake, a little town with plenty of dirty secrets. The first person narrative in May Day is fresh, the characters quirky. Minnesota has many fine crime writers, and Jess Lourey has just entered their ranks!"—Ellen Hart, Lamda Award-winning author of Jane Lawless & Sophie Greenway Series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738708386
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Series: Murder-by-Month Series , #1
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 808,504
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Jessica (Jess) Loureyis best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library JournalandBooklist,the latter calling her writing "a splendid mix of humor and suspense." A tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, Jess lives in Minneapolis with her family. Salem's Cipher,the first book in her thrilling Witch Hunt series, hits stores September 2016. You can find out more atwww.JessicaLourey.com.

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May Day (Murder-by-Month Series) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
May Day: A Murder by Month Mystery is the first in what appears to be a refreshing new mystery series. It's written by an author who seems to have a way with words, and the ability to tap into a reader's curiosity. A great read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read an advance copy of this new mystery writer from Minnesota and loved it. She's a blend of Evanovich and Hillerman.Her characters are quirky, the local color is fun, the mystery is engrossing--an all-around good read. I understand she has another mystery in the pipeline--I can't wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lourey's debut novel is zany and nonstop hilarity without being silly or unbelievable. The protagonist, Mira James, a disenchanted English graduate student, moves to Battle Lake to housesit for a friend and infiltrates small-town life through her job as an erstwhile columnist for the local paper and a part-time librarian. High jinks ensue after a romantic tryst turned relationship ends tragically. James turns her considerable research and social skills toward solving the crime to achieve both justice and pesronal closure. Lourey's strenght is her trenchant wit, cleverness, and hilarious turns of phrase. She clearly knows the small town life and can turn a witty, cynical, and at time poignant eye to the ins and outs of rural mores, local politics, and small-town gossip to paint a lurid picture of the whimsy of the midwestern burg. Readers will revel in the hard-nosed heroine's cynical take on life and delight in Lourey's way with language. If you're looking for a smarter, more capable, and funnier (on purpose) Stephanie Plum, then this is your book. Fabulous!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If the rest of her 'Murder by Month' books are at all like the first, I'll be first in line at the bookstore! Her sharp, witty, cleverly-drawn characters smack of vitality and are a refreshing breeze in a veritable ocean of flaccid literature. Read this book.
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