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Friday, July 11, 2014

Mystery on the Isle of Man

Aunt Bessie Assumes (Isle of Man Cozy Mystery, #1)Aunt Bessie Assumes by Diana Xarissa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This cozy mystery, a copy of which I received as a review copy from Goodreads, has everything to keep the reader guessing. A small community in which everyone knows each other and most of each other's business, though, like most of today's places, that is changing, a murder or two and maybe more if not stopped, a little old lady, who isn't a little OLD lady, who just always seems to run into dead bodies and members of a police force, who don't always relish her input.

This one is set on the Isle of Man, the murder victim is the elder son of rich summer folk, the lady in question is Aunt Bessie, a spinster whose home has always been a refuge for the local kids when they needed a cuppa, a cookie or two and a sympathetic ear. One of those kids is now the local constable,Hugh, whose boss, Inspector Rockwell from across--that is to say from Manchester and so unfamiliar with the Isle and its folk. Along with Doona, the secretary at the police station, these four spend several evenings eating take-out from all the local ethnic restaurants and comparing notes. If nothing else, I got hungry and started drinking tea again while attempting to sort it all out before they did--to no avail.

A fun and fast read--a truly good cozy mystery. Oh, and there is even a little bit of Manx to stir your curiosity.

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