Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Murder on the Ol' Bunions by S. Dionne Moore

This was one of last week's blogs, but I wanted to make sure I got my review in on it. And Internet service for us was very sporadic while we were in the UK—not the UK's fault, we didn't stay at places that offered it as part of their guest services, nor did we take the time for Internet caf├ęs. VBG

So here's some info about Sandra's debut mystery novel:


Sandra has been writing for years with historicals being her main focus. By the time she had a polished manuscript in hand, historicals were unpopular. She didn't give up though and decided to try her hand at writing a mystery. A cozy mystery.

Her first book, Murder on The Ol' Bunions , released in April of 2008. Book two of the LaTisha Barnhart Mystery series, Polly Dent Loses Grip, and book three, Eat, Drink and Be Buried will follow in April 2009 and 2010, respectively.

She's almost always running a contest, so drop by her Web site, you just might win a free gift!

LaTisha Barnhart’s bunions tell her something’s afoot as she delves deeper into the murder of her former employee, Marion Peters. When LaTisha becomes a suspect, the ante is upped, and she is determined to clear her name and find the culprit.

She’s burping Mark Hamm’s bad cooking to investigate his beef with Marion. . .getting her hair styled at a highfalutin’ beauty parlor to see what has Regina Rogane in a snarl. . .playing self-appointed matchmaker between the local chief and a prime suspect. . .and thinking Payton O’Mahney’s music store lease might be the reason he’s singing out of tune when discussion of Marion’s murder arises. LaTisha’s thinking she just might use the reward money to get her bunions surgically removed. But she’s got to catch the crook first.

Small town intrigue, a delightful, vivid cast, and a well-crafted mystery make S. Dionne Moore’s debut novel a must-read! I loved it!~Susan May Warren~Award-winning author of Reclaiming Nick

“S. Dionne Moore has the rare quality of pulling together great characters and compelling plots.”
~Kelly Klepfer~ www.novelreviews.blogspot.com

If you would like to HEAR the first chapter, go HERE and click on the bookcover trailer box!

If you would like to READ, the first chapter of Murder on The Ol' Bunions , go HERE.

Margie's comments: I had the privilege of working on this book as a proofreader. And the story characters blew me away! Sandra has done a wonderful job of capturing her characters' quirks and uniqueness. I love LaTisha: she's the perfect amateur sleuth that makes this story work, since she already has a reputation for being "nosy," but in a good way because of her love for people, which comes out in her willingness to eat bad food in order to find out the truth of her former employers demise. The town and the people in it came alive for me as I read. If you like cozy mysteries, you'll love this one! My only regret is that we have to wait a whole year between books in this series!

This book is a great example of the Heartsong Mystery! line that Barbour is producing. I'm a member of the book club, even though I get to work on several of the books before going to print. I've enjoyed the variety of the stories as they all work within the cozy mystery genre—my absolute favorite genre, though, as you know, I read widely in many genres.

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