Pretty is as Pretty Dies

Pretty is as Pretty Dies

by Elizabeth Spann Craig


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Pretty on the outside may not mean pretty on the inside.

Parke Stockard was certainly sitting pretty. Blessed with good looks and business sense to boot, she should have been content.

Instead, Parke makes trouble in her small town. When retired octogenarian schoolteacher Myrtle Clover discovers her body, no one in Bradley is particularly upset.

Myrtle decides to show up her police chief son and investigate the crime herself. And, just in time to play detective, she meets a widower newcomer who proves the perfect sidekick.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997168501
Publisher: Elizabeth Spann Craig
Publication date: 04/18/2016
Series: A Myrtle Clover Cozy Mystery , #1
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 238,104
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth writes the Southern Quilting mysteries and Memphis Barbeque mysteries for Penguin Random House and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. She blogs at , named by Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine Elizabeth makes her home in Matthews, North Carolina, with her husband and two teenage children.

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Pretty Is as Pretty Dies 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Retired schoolteacher Myrtle Clover is not ready to be shuffled off to an assisted living home in her small Southern town. Her son Red, who's also the police chief, decides to sign her up for the Altar Guild and United Methodist Women to keep her busy. But, Myrtle wants nothing to do with that. Over night a village of a hundred gnomes mysteriously appear in Myrtle's yard to the horror of Red, who lives across the street. The ceramic gnomes are Myrtle's way of showing her son she disapproves of what he's done. Despite her misgivings, Myrtle stomps off to the church for the United Methodist Women meeting. She's not looking forward to it because of Parke Stockard, who seems to be taking over everything in town. Parke is already at the church. But, she's sprawled on the floor dead. No one seems to be grieving over the deceased. In fact, Myrtle sees Parke's death as a way to prove her independence to Red. She'll solve the murder before he does. Myrtle begins her investigation (snooping) into the life of Parke Stockard. Soon the octogenarian Holmes decides she needs a "Mr. Watson" to help solve the murder or at least to drive her around. She enlist the help of her new neighbor, who has all the local widows swooning. Before long the suspect list is growing and the body count is going up as well. Red's "red herrings" backfires and Myrtle closes in on the killer. Author Elizabeth Spann Craig throws together a cast of zany church members, a frazzled daughter-in-law with a rowdy two-year-old, and a French exchange student for the makings of a laugh-out-loud murder mystery. The antics of the 80-something-year-old Myrtle leaves you holding your breath one minute and shaking your head the next. "Pretty Is As Pretty Dies" is a cozy mystery that will have you guessing "Who dun 'it" until the end. Having never been a gnome person before, they now have a quirky place in my heart. Every time I see one, I'll wonder what mystery Myrtle is solving now. Grab a glass of sweet tea and a copy of "Pretty Is As Pretty Dies" for an enjoyable read and a wonderful, witty new character to love. Myrtle Clover is not your typical grandmother.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Good mystery. I do think that Myrtle's son. Red's actions and opinions toward her border on elder abuse. Lml
Anonymous 9 months ago
You have to love Myrtle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything about Elizabeth's books are wonderful. Unfortunately, this one has a missing chapter and it's an important one. Chapter #17 is a duplicate of #16, so some critical clues are missing and you jump right to the end in chapter #18 without knowing how you got there. This needs to be updated to include the missing chapter!! If this is done, I'll change rating to a 5 star. Sandra
SammiC More than 1 year ago
You can get this on Kindle but not Nook will change my rating when I can. I will say I love these books, get them all and have fun reading them. All of her books are great
GalenKindley More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Spann Craig's, Pretty is as Pretty Dies, is.well."pretty" darn terrific. In fact, it's totally terrific. The cozy mystery features an intriguing, puzzling plot, tight, suspenseful writing, a realistic sense of life in a small southern town, and the most memorable, adorable character I've met this year, Myrtle Clover. Myrtle is the octogenarian mother of the town's police chief and she's got a nose for crime fighting.she thinks. Her son isn't so sure. But Myrtle is undeterred. And once you know her, you'll understand why. Think back to your sixth grade English teacher, the high school librarian, and your grandmother. Now toss in an extra dose of spicy spunk, a sharp tongue, a clever mind, and a small touch of hubris. Mix them together, and you've got Myrtle, easily the star of the book. When Myrtle discovers a dead body--in the church no less--the adventure begins. The writing's so good that you become Myrtle as she tries to find the killer. Along the way you'll meet zany neighbors, a grasping politician, a French exchange student, a fallen newspaper reporter, a minister with secrets to keep, Crazy Dan, and, well, you get the idea. Most of these folks qualify as suspects and Myrtle's gotta sort through them before another dead body turns up.which it just might. But, no more plot-teasing. Pretty is as Pretty Dies is a wonderful read by a terrific, experienced writer who convinces you to suspend your sense of reality, then, slips you into Myrtles shoes for a suspenseful adventure that'll keep you guessing to the last page. I changed my mind as to the killer's identity, about, well, more times than I care to admit. My rambling aside, here's what you need to know: It's a great read. Give it a try. You won't regret it. Easily Five Stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Spann Craig's brand new cozy mystery series, Pretty Is as Pretty Dies, from Midnight Ink (an imprint of Llewellyn Publications) is a hoot. Octogenarian Myrtle Clover, her son Red (the Chief of Police), and the quirky inhabitants of Bradley, North Carolina, are sure to become some of my favorite literary folks. When beautiful Parke Stockard, a new arrival in town, is found in the sanctuary of the Methodist church with her head bashed, Red not only must investigate but find ways to keep his mother busy so that Myrtle doesn't start nosing around herself. But some of his plans blow up in his face as Myrtle finds ways to ferret out information in ways her son could never do. She infiltrates the local Book Club and enlists the aid (or really the car) of the elderly bachelor who just moved next door and has been warding off a stream of casseroles delivered by all of the mature single women in town. She buttonholes politicians, arm-twists the hot-shot big-city reporter who moved back to town, interrogates the local Methodist Women and Altar Guild, and interviews Crazy Dan, the purveyor of boiled peanuts and hubcabs. Ultimately, Myrtle comes down to the truth of a web of lies and family skeletons. I loved this book. The story is typical of a lot of small towns anywhere in the US, but Elizabeth Spann Craig added a new dimension with Myrtle and her elderly friends. I found the characters funny and endearing, and the plot challenging enough to keep me reading. I can't wait for Myrtle's next adventure.