Sharon Short's humor column, "Sanity Check," appears every Monday in the Dayton Daily News. Her fiction credits include several short mysteries published in Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine and Orchard Press Online Mystery Magazine. In addition, Ms. Short is a principal of her own marketing communications firm and has a bachelor's and a master's degree in English. She lives in Miamisburg, Ohio, with her husband and two daughters.
Murder Unfolds: A Stain-busting Mysteryby Sharon Short
As her big 3-0 approaches, Josie Toadfern's life seems more or less wrinkle-free. Since the laundromat owner, stain removal expert, and confirmed snoop's local stain-busting column went regional, she's become a true small-town celeb. And now she's been asked to give a speech in honor of her deceased junior high school teacher, Mrs.
As her big 3-0 approaches, Josie Toadfern's life seems more or less wrinkle-free. Since the laundromat owner, stain removal expert, and confirmed snoop's local stain-busting column went regional, she's become a true small-town celeb. And now she's been asked to give a speech in honor of her deceased junior high school teacher, Mrs. Oglevee—even though Josie remembers finding herself in hot water with the dour disciplinarian on numerous occasions.
But then the late educator's alleged long-lost daughter hands her a note claiming that Mrs. O was murdered. Suddenly more than unpleasant middle school memories keep Josie up nights, as her unauthorized investigation begins turning up some very interesting dirt. Mrs. O, apparently, was more than just a tight-lipped prude who ruled detention with an iron fist. And when an Oglevee relative ends up dead, Josie realizes she'll have to air all of the family's dirty laundry . . . or she'll be spending her thirtieth birthday removing bloodstains.
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Did Pearl Oglevee die of a heart attack or was she murdered? That¿s what she wants to know. She goes to Josie Toadfern for the answers. Approaching her thirtieth birthday is no party for Josie even though her stain-removal column is growing in popularity her Laundromat is bustling she has two men vying for her attention and her apartment is getting a new look. Yet, she is plagued by nautical visits from the most disliked junior high teacher in Paradise, Ohio. Mrs. Oglevee appears in her dreams, nagging her with advise and criticizing her life style. Josie agrees to a deal she will find out how her grumpy teacher died and Pearl Oglevee will agree to leave her alone forevermore. It might be a good birthday after all. When Josie starts sorting through the dirty laundry, she¿s attacked, a relative of Pearl¿s is killed, Josie and her friends are kidnapped and left to die. It is truly a birthday she will never forget¿if she lives. No way will you put this book down without getting all the answers. This is the first Stain-Busting Mystery I¿ve read, it won¿t be the last. Thank you, Sharon Short, for Josie Toadfern, Pearl Oglevee, and this very entertaining series. Review by Wanda C. Keesey
Josie Toadfern, local stain removal expert and laundromat owner, has been asked to give a speech honoring Mrs. Oglevee, her deceased junior high school teacher. When Mrs. Oglevee was alive, Josie was often in hot water with her. She has a lot of trouble finding much of interest to talk about. When Mrs. Oglevee's long lost daughter gives Josie a note that Mrs. Oglevee was murdered, Josie beings to investigate further. She and her friends turn up some interesting and unknown facts about her. All Josie ever knew her as was a grumpy teacher. Seems there was more to her than that. To complicate Josie's life further, she's turning 30 and has two men vying for her affections. When Josie is attacked and one of Mrs. Oglevee's relatives killed, Josie knows she's getting close. Can she find the killer without anyone else being killed, especially her? I really enjoy this series. Josie is such a fun person. I want to go hang out in her laundromat! I love her friends and the men in her life. They all work so well together. The author has created a great small town in Ohio for the setting. It's a place I'd love to visit. This latest installment was very enjoyable and a quick read. I liked that it was set away from home. It changed the dynamics, but in a good way. I can't wait to read the next one! I highly recommend it and the whole series.