Death Pays a Visit by Elizabeth Spann Craig
Elizabeth Spann Craig
Myrtle Clover has become one of my all time favorite amateur detectives. She’s a combination of Jane Marple and Maxine and her adventures are scary and I love the way they happen in her everyday life in the town where she lives.
When psychic (and hubcap retailer) Wanda Alewine pays a late-night visit to Myrtle Clover, she urges the octogenarian sleuth to head straight to Greener Pastures Retirement Home.
But Wanda doesn’t want Myrtle to consider the Home’s dubious amenities – she wants Myrtle to prevent a murder seen in a vision. Reluctant Myrtle investigates with sidekick Miles, who seems a lot more interested in Greener Pastures than she is.
As the duo digs, they uncover more than just Sudoku and Scrabble – they discover a sinister undercurrent…with murder as its outcome.
Review by Gail:
Another success for writer Ms Elizabeth. Poor Myrtle has to go to the Greener Pastures to solve this murder before it happens, & unfortunately she’s stumped on this one. All of her negative about are proving to be wrong. The food is great the people there aren’t so bad.
Except she thinks they’re being treated like children by the management. So everything is not going so well finding the person who is supposed to be murdered.(tip from Wanda the psychic) Time runs out for the victim so now she has to do d who did it! Lots of twist & turns for her & Miles until the end. Actually it was a surprised until she solves the murder at her own peril. I’ve read all of this series.
The characters are wonderfully real, & each book just gets better. All the books stand alone if you just want to read them like that but I love starting at the beginning, then you really get to know the charities themselves. I highly recommend this series..Myrtle is such a great character & so is Miles her side kick. So I hope you enjoy the books as much as I have!
Review by Native Texan:
Myrtle Clover has become one of my all time favorite amateur detectives. She’s a combination of Jane Marple and Maxine and her adventures are scary and I love the way they happen in her everyday life in the town where she lives, very domestic, which to me is more spine tingling than drug dealers and international assassins, etc.
When I finish one book I’m ready for the next immediately and thus I run out of them and have to wait for another one.
Review by M. C. McFarland:
I always enjoy the Myrtle Clover mysteries. The protagonist is an 80ish woman and her sidekick is a 60ish man. They are just friends. In one book someone asks if they are a couple which would make her a “coyote!”
There is no real violence, mostly just the threatening kind where nothing actually happens. The mysteries are good and the clues are there but I rarely guess the villain. In this book I figured it out just before it was solved but that rarely happens.