Tied Up with Strings (A Serebral Seniors Mystery) by Madeline McEwen
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Imajin Qwickies, An imprint of Imajin Books
(December 11, 2017)
Print Length: 85 pages
An Imajin Qwickies® Mystery/Crime Novella Big mysteries often come in small packages…No one should be alone during winter holidays. When Catia's parents are unable to visit her in the UK, her mother sends a long time family friend to check in on her.
When curmudgeonly private detective Betty Grape visits a young friend, who is housesitting in a remote village in England for Christmas vacation, something seems out of place. Her friend, Catia, is visibly nervous. Is she worried about the young men in the decrepit caravan in next door’s back garden? Or is Catia involved in the disappearance of the homeowner’s invalid wife?As an American, Betty discovers the locals are full of friendly gossip but taciturn about solid facts. Though they are determined to keep Betty from butting in on their territory, she blunders through the social morass of narrow-minded foreigners and their broad Dorset accents. Can she unravel the tight knots of this mystery? Will she find the perpetrator under thickly thatched rooves or behind floral chintz curtains?
This is a very subtle mystery with several unusual things going on.
Betty Grape is a part time private eye but usually resides in a residential home for seniors. The seemingly medieval house that Catia is staying in seems to lack some basic, essential comforts of home. From the very beginning, something feels "off" and Betty is not sure exactly what is causing her unease.
The story unfolds layer by layer. We meet interesting characters and get a bit of a comparison between American and British mannerisms.
There is one brutal element to the story but otherwise it is as gentle as murder can be.
Overall I found it to be an enjoyable story.
About the Author
Madeline McEwen is an ex-pat from the UK, bi-focaled and technically challenged. She and her Significant Other manage their four offspring, one major and three minors, two autistic, two neurotypical, plus a time-share with Alzheimer's. In her free time, she walks the canines and chases the felines with her nose in a book and her fingers on a keyboard.
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