Towhee Get Your Gun
by J.R. Ripley
Series: A Bird Lover’s Mystery #2
Publish Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Source: Netgalley/Book Tour
About the Book:
When Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms volunteers to act in a local production of Annie, Get Your Gun, she finds herself upstaged by a killer waiting in the wings . . .
Who’s got time for birdwatching? Amy has enough to do running her shop, fighting attempts by the town planning commission to demolish her old Victorian house, and rescuing an injured towhee. Yet somehow she allows herself to get roped into performing in the Ruby Lake, North Carolina, community theater’s new musical after some cast members get injured by mysterious mishaps. The production seems plagued by bad luck, but events turn tragic when a member of the company is found murdered in a locked dressing room.
Trading in her binoculars for a magnifying glass, Amy steps into the role of amateur sleuth and soon discovers the victim ruffled a lot of feathers. With a flock of suspects, Amy will need to beat the bushes before the cagey killer takes flight. After all, the show must go on . . .
I was excited to continue this series. I always enjoy new cozy themes The author has created a wonderful small town setting that I enjoy with all of its “crazy” townspeople. It was fun to meet some more locals and also the newly moved in. And I mean literally moved in and building a biergarten next to Birds and Bees.
The murder was intriguing and difficult for me to decide who dun it. Lots going on at the local production, many different personalities, it could almost be anybody.
My favorite part of the book was when Amy took charge at the senior living facility. Karl and Floyd are also quite the pair. Plenty of laughs throughout the book!!
I recommend this book to all cozy readers. It’s a great new series.
About The Author:
J.R. Ripley is the pen name of Glenn Meganck, the critically acclaimed author of the Tony Kozol mystery series. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he has chaired the Edgar committee for Best Original Paperback novel and served on the Best Short Story Committee. As a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, he has served on the Hammett Award committee for Best Novel. When not writing books, Glenn is writing songs, often singing them to the consternation of his audience and neighbors, or involved in one of his many passions, none of which have involved any of the dead bodies that seem to keep cropping up in his mysteries. For more information about him, visit glennmeganck.com.