Murder on the Toy Town Express (Vintage Toyshop Mystery Series #2)

Murder on the Toy Town Express (Vintage Toyshop Mystery Series #2)

by Barbara Early

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Murder on the Toy Town Express (Vintage Toyshop Mystery Series #2) by Barbara Early

Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.

What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.

The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express , Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683313090
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: Vintage Toyshop Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 641,925
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Barbara Early earned an engineering degree, but after four years of doing nothing but math, developed a sudden allergy to the subject and decided to choose another occupation. Before she settled on murdering fictional people, she was a secretary, a school teacher, a pastor's wife, and an amateur puppeteer. After several years living elsewhere, she and her husband moved back to her native Western New York State, where she enjoys cooking, crafts, classic movies and campy seventies television, board games, and posting pictures of her four cats on Facebook. This is her fourth mystery, and the second in her Vintage Toyshop series.

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Murder on the Toy Town Express (Vintage Toyshop Mystery Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Vintage Toyshop Mystery series. Liz and her dad are setting up a table in the Train and Toy Show. The table next door contains vintage comic books and is managed by business rival, Craig McFadden...also known as the school bully during Liz’s childhood. But as much as she disliked Craig, she was still sad when he accidentally fell to his death a short time later. But was it an accident or deliberate? As her father, a retired police officer, is brought in to the investigation, Liz finds herself also asking questions that may prove dangerous to her own safety. Of course, neither of her two male friends, Ken and Jack, are thrilled with her poking around in this case, but what are they to do! While I did not read the first book in this series, it was easy to pick up on the main characters and their relationships with each other. I loved the details of the vintage trains, toys, and comics. I enjoyed the details of the weekly vintage game night. And, I laughed at all of her Dad’s jokes and puns. Best of all, there were plenty of twists and turns as they explored one motive after another. Disclosure: I am voluntarily review an Advance Reading Copy of this book.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
A fun cozy mystery set at a toy and train show. Hank decided to open a toy store after he was shot and forced to retire as police chief. His family, including daughter Liz, help to run the store. Unfortunately Hank also drags Liz into solving mysterious murders in town as a hobby. The annual toy and train show starts off with Liz discovering that her lifelong nemesis, Craig, is at the booth next to them. The characters are well written, the plot is well-paced, and the settings are well described. Overall, a fun, easy-to-read book.
ladygGH 22 days ago
Lizz Mc Call runs Well Played a vintage toy shop in East Aurora Ny with her Father. They have a booth at the toy and train expo. Lizz expects the event to be busy but fun until she sees her childhood nemesis Craig Mc Fadden he has the booth next to them for his comic book shop. He is still a jerk but his assistant manager seems nice. Before the event is over Lizz will encounter missing comic books, mobsters the FBI and a missing mother.
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful Christmas read! I love model trains to begin with, so I was looking forward to reading this one. I was not disappointed. :) I have not read the first book in the series, but I did not have any trouble following the story line or knowing who each of the characters were. I enjoyed our main characters. Liz is a great heroine. She does take some risks, but they're calculated and she at least attempts to take someone with her to help with safety, even if that doesn't always work as well as she hopes. I like both Ken and Jack. We'll see down the line who ends up being the winner of Liz's affections. I enjoyed the setting and the descriptions very much. My best friend lives in Buffalo, NY, so I'm somewhat familiar with the area. It was nice to visit the area in the book and know about some of the places and things they were talking about. The plot line moved along at a steady pace and while I wondered about the villain, I wasn't positive about them until just before it was revealed. All in all, it was a fun book to read and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series!
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
This was a cute mystery, I really liked that the setting/murder occurred off site, at the well attended Train and Toy Show. That setting brought about many red herrings for the murder, why certain people would have been there at all made for interesting reading. I like Liz McCall and her relationship with her family, especially retired police chief father Hank. The romantic triangle seemed like it was playing a kind of bit role, and I was worried it would fall into a Lake Eden type quandary. Still not sure how that particular thing will play out, but hopefully it will take more of a back seat to the story next time. This is definitely a series I will continue to check out at my library, the vintage toy info is quite fun.
auditor2 More than 1 year ago
A clean easy to read cozy mystery. The only problem was that even though the author tried building in some twists and turns, it wasn’t too hard to figure out who committed the murder. The twist in the romance side of the book was a little more surprising and in many respects, disappointing. In fact I totally did not understand or, for that matter, like what happened with that story thread. I started reading the book, thinking it would be a Christmas book. But, alas it really did get to that point in the story until the book ended. So I can’t even recommend it as a Christmas read. I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review which is my own.
auditor2 More than 1 year ago
A clean easy to read cozy mystery. The only problem was that even though the author tried building in some twists and turns, it wasn’t too hard to figure out who committed the murder. The twist in the romance side of the book was a little more surprising and in many respects, disappointing. In fact I totally did not understand or, for that matter, like what happened with that story thread. I started reading the book, thinking it would be a Christmas book. But, alas it really did get to that point in the story until the book ended. So I can’t even recommend it as a Christmas read. I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review which is my own.
LegoDinolady More than 1 year ago
If you are seeking a light and quick read then I recommend this book. The author is witty and has great vocabulary. You might find it odd that I point that out but for me its an important factor when reading a book. I enjoyed reading this book especially because its read so smoothly. I enjoyed the story and loved following the characters through the plot. I had not picked up books by this author previously , but I will be doing so now that I finished this one. I look forward to picking up more reads my Barbara Early.