One of the most celebrated crime story writers of our time, Anthony and Macavity Award-winning author Jan Grape's first short story collection shows off her talent for every hue and mood of tale, from tragedy to belly-laugh comedy. Join private investigators Jenny Gordon and Cinnamon Jemima (C.J.) Gunn, the dynamic duo of G & G Investigations, as they travel through the streets of Texas solving case after case. Mystery writer, Robbie Dunlap and her husband Sheriff Damon deal with murder quickly and brilliantly as they discover the darker intrigues which lay hidden in small towns. Meet Zoe Barrow, lead character of Grape's Anthony nominated debut novel, Austin City Blue, in this Christmas story that reminds Zoe of the true spirit of the season. And in one of Jan's most celebrated stories, "Kittens Take Detection 101," Jenny learns that having two little black cats helping can bring about an intriguing method to solving cases.
Table of Contents
|Whatever Has To Be Done||11|
|Arsenic and Old Ideas||42|
|A One-Day Job||68|
|Kiss or Kill||87|
|The Man in the Red-Flannel Suit||100|
|Kittens Take Detection 101||122|
|Ruby Nell's Ordeal||177|
|A Front Row Seat||203|
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Found Dead in Texas based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This crime anthology consists of nine tales, of which five star the wonderful female investigative partners C.J. Gunn and Jenny Gordon. The G&G quintet are all quite good and in some ways overwhelm the remaining four contributions though they are also entertaining tales. Still the key to this book is that the prime players in this anthology are all strong cast members for the most part performing reasonable sleuthing tasks. However it is the G&G duo that stands out but not because they are starring in over half the stories. They are the most developed of the characters and could easily be transferred into a novel as lead protagonists (not so subtle of a hint that hopefully the author hears through the grapevine). Each of the stories are creative and refreshingly plotted but they are not clones of one another. They are unique in their own right and even the non-G&G stories can be expanded into a good novel. Readers will find the G&G so unbelievably good that they will be enthralled by each story and wish that there were more of them to read in this surprisingly good anthology. FOUND DEAD IN TEXAS is a wonderful collection that showcases the talent of Jan Grape who relates appealing crime dramas to the mystery crowd. Fans of cosies and amateur sleuth tales must read this work. Harriet Klausner