Drip Dead, by Christy Evans (2011)

Genre: Mystery
Interest Level: Adult
Drip DeadThere’s a subgenre of mystery known as the cozy – I think it refers to the kind of book you curl up with on a rainy afternoon in front of your fireplace, a cup of cocoa at your side. Not at all gory, rather formulaic plot, and characters you like, likely living in a small town. Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple was the original in the genre, I’d guess. Evans takes up the challenge with mixed results. Georgiana Neverall has two Airedales, a best friend who’s a dog groomer, a sort-of-boyfriend, and an ongoing feud with the sheriff. She’s a computer whiz who walked away from her San Francisco high-tech firm when it was stolen from her. She returned to the Pacific Northwest, where she’s now finishing her re-education as a plumber. (Gimmick alert – helpful plumbing tips are scattered throughout the book.) While crawling under her mother’s house, she finds the body of her mother’s fiance, just days before the wedding. In no time, Mum is arrested and Georgie — is there a worse nickname? Don’t think so — is off and running, determined to solve the mystery and clear her mother’s name. Fun, lightweight, predictable but a good bet when you know this is exactly what you are looking for. I enjoyed the plumbing tips, though I found her depiction of the relationships a bit implausible at times. Not to mention the formal investigation: it didn’t occur to the police to look for the hot-shot realtor’s laptop? And what the heck was he doing keeping that folder on his fiancee’s laptop anyway? You’ll need to overlook a few plot holes to enjoy this one.
More discussion and reviews of this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8685649-drip-dead

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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