A Sticky Situation (A Sugar Grove Mystery)

by Jessie Crockett | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0425260216 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/12/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, January 12, 2018
I got this maple-sugar-themed mystery at Barnes and Noble. It's from a series that began with Drizzled With Death, and while that book didn't wow me, I liked the maple-sugar tie-in well enough to try this one. (It'll make a timely release, too, as sugaring season is due to begin shortly!)

This book features more members of the eccentric - and theme-named - Greene family (all named after greenish colors, except for our heroine; the colors were all taken by the time she was born, and it's only at the end of this book that we learn what her full name - and the new naming theme is) as they deal with the discovery of a skeleton in the basement of the under-renovation opera house. When it turns out to be that of a man who disappeared decades ago, allegedly with the proceeds of a fund-raising drive, lots of old secrets come to light...

I enjoy a good "discovered a long-buried body in an unlikely place" plot, but the background of this one seemed awkward - and wasn't helped by the way the villain went into the dead-horse-trope "villain rant," explaining things at length to our heroine instead of taking prompt steps to escape. Ah, well!

The book ends on a cozy note, with a festival in which the modern maple-tapping methods are replaced by the old traditional buckets and horse-drawn sleds. And there are recipes, from "Bacon Maple Chutney" to "Salted Maple Cream Pie," that sound tasty. Though I bet that pie isn't as good as the maple pie I had in Quebec City last year!

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at The Point (see notes for details) in Littleton, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, February 25, 2018

Released 12 mos ago (2/25/2018 UTC) at The Point (see notes for details) in Littleton, Massachusetts USA

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I plan to leave this book in or near the Great Road Kitchen in The Point, while stopping by to meet with friends. Hope the finder enjoys the book!

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*** Released for the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count release challenge. See this year's GBBC here, for the cardinal on the cover. ***

*** Released for the 2018 Wine+Food Release Challenge. ***

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