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A Small Town Can Be #Murder (Whistle Stop Mysteries)
by Julie Seedorf
I received this book free to review; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive compensation at no cost to you.
A Small Town Can Be #Murder (Whistle Stop Mysteries)
1st in Series
Publisher: Skye Bridge Publishing (December 21, 2019)
Paperback: 196 pages
You have all heard the story: big-city girl moves to small town and lives happily ever after. That’s not the forever-after Angel Delaight found when she moved to Whistle Stop, Minnesota. First her realtor is found dead in her new house, which is also rumored to be haunted. Then homeless animals began showing up at her door, along with a bevy of townspeople who seem to know what she is doing at all times. Not to mention a secret journal turning up during renovation, revealing more secrets hidden in this small community.
Will those secrets from the past put Angel’s life and those of her friends and family in danger? When the big-city girl meets a small town, it can be murder.
My review of A Small Town Can Be #Murder
I absolutely loved A Small Town Can Be #Murder! The setting is completely delightful. I love Whistle Stop, the fictional town that Angel moves to, because it’s so cozy, and it’s inhabited by both quirky and realistic characters.
There are several mysteries that need to be solved, and somehow Angel is mixed up in all of them! It’s a good thing that this small town accepts her as one of their own right away. They help her out in lots of ways. She gets lots of volunteers to help her with the renovations she’s doing on the Victorian house and carriage house. The townsfolk also help her when she’s in danger.
I think that the pacing of A Small Town Can Be #Murder was just right. The author really paints a picture of the town with her descriptive writing. There was just enough dialog; too much dialog drives me nuts! I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say that the surprise or mysterious characters made the book even more enjoyable. I’m glad they came to town. Having animals is a must for a cozy mystery, and the way that Angel gets her pets is very funny.
I like that there are several suspects, so you’re never quite sure whodunit until near the end. The book wraps up happily, and I’m ready for another! I think you cozy mystery book lovers will love this one!
P.S. Make sure you read the character guest post! Barney Pipe is one of my favorite characters!
Character Guest Post: Barney Pipe
Howdy. Welcome to Whistle Stop, Mn. I’m Barney Pipe, not to be confused with Barney Fife from Mayberry. We’re nothing alike but my mom was a big fan of his unfortunately, and that’s how I got my name.
You’ll love Whistle Stop. It’s a quiet Midwestern town, or at least it was until Angel Delaight moved to town. The first night she was here she found a dead body. I found that suspicious but the Sheriff was taken in by her big city manners. I could tell he didn’t have a clue there might be a cold blooded killer in that tiny body.
Angel is a city girl and why she wanted to move to our quiet community is a mystery to me. She was a little standoffish at first. She didn’t understand us. I called her girly and let me tell you I could see the steam rolling out of the top of her head. She’s a girl isn’t she? I just don’t get it, but I watch my p’s and q’s around her if ya know what I mean.
Many in the town tried to help her with her remodeling. She had a hard time accepting help, so we just showed up. Claimed she could do it herself, but she is such a tiny mite. Sometimes she has a bit of a bite, not a bark mind you but a bite. Don’t tell her I said that. She is strong, and she might accidentally drop her hammer on my head. Besides she is a good friend with Lila, the medical examiner. and I have my eye on her. Well, two eyes, but she only has eyes for the stiff that she is examining on the exam table.
There is always something happening at Angel’s old Victorian. We tried to tell her it had a ghost; Orvis is his name, but she doesn’t believe in ghosts so she thinks a real person is skulking around. That gives Matt Harkin, the owner of the Brick Schoolhouse Bed-and-Breakfast, an excuse to keep checking on her.
I gave her a house warming gift. It is the cutest puppy. She didn’t know what to do with her. Don’t they teach city folks what a puppy is? I had my frazzles leaving her there with Angel but she decided she needed a watch pup, and then the animals came two by two; no that’s an exaggeration though not like Noah’s Ark. But they seemed to pop up out of nowhere and adopt her.
The strangest thing was the diary she found. Who knew unsavory things happened in Whistle Stop back in the day.
Whoops I have to go. Mrs. Crabtree’s pet skunk is loose, and I need to help catch it before it wanders into the White House Eatery and scares the tourists. No telling what those scared tourists would do. Or what the skunk would do. It could ruin our tourism.
Sit a spell. Wander around but if you get in trouble, don’t call me.
About Julie Seedorf
A Bit About Me As An Impassioned Writer
As human beings, we are always a work in progress. From birth to death we live, hurt, laugh, cry, feel, and with all of those emotions we grow as people, as family members, and as friends. I am a dreamer and feel blessed to have the opportunity in my writing to pass those dreams on to others. Also, I believe you are never too old to dream and to turn those dreams into a creative endeavor. I live in rural Minnesota and I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.
I have worn many hats throughout my life such as working as a waitress, nursing home activities person, office manager and finally a computer repair person eventually owning my own computer sales and repair business. But, I never forgot my love of writing and quit my computer business in 2012 after signing a contract with Cozy Cat Press for Granny Hooks A Crook, the first book in my Fuchsia, Minnesota Series.
Adding five more books to the Fuchsia Series, adding a Brilliant, Minnesota Series and writing a column for local newspapers feeds my writing creativity. This year the Whistle Stop series was born. Small towns have my heart and I hoped to convey that in my new series.
I also dabble a bit in watercolor painting and hope to eventually add pictures to my children’s book series, Granny’s In Trouble.
Oh, and did I tell you I like to be a little bit silly.
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