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October Fest (2011)

by Jess Lourey(Favorite Author)
3.66 of 5 Votes: 1
0738726230 (ISBN13: 9780738726236)
Midnight Ink
Murder-by-Month Mystery
review 1: I'm happy that I do not run into dead bodies, as Mira seems to do (a lot!), and also happy to discover this series, albeit a few months "late." I look forward to starting in March. Many of us are curious, many of us love books and probably dream about working as a librarian, and some of us write (freelance or otherwise, beyond book reviews!). Following the political intrigue in a small town in Minnesota, as politics are heating up again, and wondering if Mrs. Berns can return to her non-granny pants existence make for a fun read.
review 2: Attendees of Battle Lakes’ October Fest have come to expect a beer-soaked, polka-driven, sausage-and-potato-eating good time. Unfortunately one of the kickoff events this time around is a public debate between congression
... moreal candidates Arnold Swydecker and Sarah Glokkmann. Swydecker appears to be fairly straightlaced but Glokkmann has a few critics in the audience. The following day one of those critics is found dead in a hotel room.Mira James is among the first people to find the body (of course—the girl really does have the worst luck when it comes to this sort of thing). Ever curious, she begins looking for answers. This becomes even more important as Mrs. Berns’ fiance is a likely suspect. Mrs. Berns’ fiance? That’s correct. The feisty octogenarian is getting married so that there’s someone legally in place to thwart her son’s efforts to declare her mentally incompetent and send her to a maximum security nursing home. Mira sets herself to the task of solving the murder, hoping to avoid blue-eyed Johnny and newly-buff Gary Wohnt in the process.The mystery is well-plotted and, aside of the fact that I don’t like to think of Mrs. Berns with a lowlife like Bernard Minks, I enjoyed her side story. I’m intrigued by the return of Gary Wohnt but I really wish Mira’s ex-boyfriend Brad would be sent back to her past—sure, he provided a convenient way for Mira to set up her “sting operation” but he’s a shallow character and just doesn’t seem to fit her life. I would like to see more of Darcy and Cindy.Love this series! Please let there be a November title in the near future! less
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I love this series. It's a refreshingly quick-witted take on a mystery. Fun to read.
The Murder-by-Month gets better by the month. Great characters, good mysteries.
having a hard time getting thru it, not holding my attention....we'll see.
I love this series because the books provide shameless escapism.
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