Saturday, February 12, 2011

A 'Cozy' Mystery With The Feel of Agatha Christie or Mary Higgins Clark but from Jackie King: The Inconvenient Corpse

Here's the set-up for The Inconvenient Corpse:

The man was about 60, pot bellied, quite naked and also quite dead.  And in the middle of Grace Cassidy's bed.  

She ran from the room, her shouts sounding throughout the Victorian bed and breakfast.  As she blurted the news, she didn't realize that she would have to solve this mystery, with or without help.

Reviewers were charmed and "at home"  with this mystery in the old fashioned style reminiscent of Agatha Christie:

A naked corpse in her bed is only the first surprise for our heroine in Jackie King’s charming bed-and-breakfast mystery. Cozy readers will be happy guests among these lively characters.
—Marcia Preston, winner of the 2004 Mary Higgins Clark Award 

If you like bed and breakfast settings, friendly cats, delightful, quirky characters and a little tea thrown in with your murder, you’ll love The Inconvenient Corpse.
—Bob Avey, author of Beneath a Buried House and Twisted Perception

This book is a delight. The dialog is slick and fast flowing. I felt so at home with the believable quirky, colorful characters that they almost felt like friends by the time I had finished the book.

I must admit I love the "bed and breakfast and murder" books. Grace Cassidy is just the kind of heroine I like to meet. Grace just thought losing all her money along with her husband (to another woman) was the worst thing that could happen to her. She has to put all that on the back burner to clear herself of a murder charge. Grace has to learn how to run a B&B and become a detective all on the fly. 

This is one of the best new cozy series I've read in quite a while. It's full of interesting characters (rather than cartoon-types), written with a deft, light touch. 

What a great read! It held my interest from page 1 and never let me go! The characters were interesting and the deeper into the story, the more hooked I was. I especially loved that I couldn't figure it out until the very end. 

About the Author:

Jackie King loves books, words, and writing tall tales. She especially enjoys murdering the people she dislikes on paper. King is a full time writer who also teaches writing at Tulsa Community College. THE INCONVENIENT CORPSEher latest novel, is a traditional (cozy) mystery.

King has also written five novellas as co-author of the Foxy Hens series. "Warm Love on Cold Streets" is her latest novella and is included in the anthology THE FOXY HENS MEET A ROMANTIC ADVENTURER

Her nonfiction book, DEVOTED TO COOKING, is a collection of family stories and recipes. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Oklahoma Writers Federation and Tulsa NightWriters. 

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