“Fair Week, Frozen Surprises and Fracking!"
(Thursday, August 15, 2013)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma
“Excitement is building in Rose Petal, Texas with the opening of the much-anticipated arrival of the Carriveau County Fair. “Stay-at Home Dad’/part-time private investigator, Deuce Winters and his pregnant (plus longgg overdue) Wife/Attorney Julianne have volunteered to work at the 4-H Food Stand since their 6 yr. old Daughter, Carly is a proud member. Expecting a record number of customers, Deuce assists at the grill, and despite the unseasonable heat for the month of April, everything seems to be running smoothly—that is until he discovers the frozen dead body of Groundskeeper George Spellman slumped amongst the bratwurst in the walk-in freezer! Why? With the fair in full-swing? And why did the discovery have to be made by Deuce! He promises an irritable and swollen-ankled Julianne that he won’t don his sleuthing hat and get involved, but, he has to go back on his word when he learns his“Short in stature, large in word and deed” partner, Victor Doolittle informs him that they are on retainer for none other than the “Head Honcho” running the Fair, Mama Biggs. She’s worried the fatality will ruin the fair and have an adverse effect on Rose Petal. The community benefits greatly from the annual event—but, who else could? Poor Deuce has to juggle his “Mr. Mom “ duties with a quiet investigation—all the while being ready at a moment’s notice to assist at their child’s birth. Quite a full plate! Especially when accusatory fingers point in several directions—and land at the doorstep of the Biggs Family themselves! Mama’s a wheeler-dealer, but is she also a murderer? If not, who would want a kind, sweet soul like George Spellman dead? I thoroughly enjoyed the Author’s latest. He has a talent for putting a comedic spin on an otherwise grim scenario, making it a fast, easy read that will lure you back to reading his other two cozies, “ Stay at Home Dead” and “Popped Off”(Snippets of which have been generously included at the conclusion of this book. Whether you’re a Cozy afficianado or not, make room in your bookshelf for this one—you won’t be disappointed! Bravo !