Maid of Murder

Maid of Murder

by Amanda Flower


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2010 Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel

In MAID OF MURDER, India Hayes, a college librarian and reluctant bridesmaid, is thrown into the role of amateur sleuth as she hunts down the person who murdered her childhood friend and framed her brother for the crime.

When bride-to-be Olivia turns up dead in the Martin College fountain and the evidence points to India's brother Mark, India must unmask the real culprit while juggling a furious Mother of the Bride, an annoying Maid of Honor, a set of hippie-generation parents, a police detective who is showing a marked liking for her, and a provost itching to fire someone, anyone-maybe even a smart-mouthed librarian.

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ISBN-13: 9781986933544
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2018
Series: India Hayes Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 217,976
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Maid of Murder 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Erin_N More than 1 year ago
In a Northeastern Ohio town that "connected itself with civilized New England and distanced itself from its Midwestern-ness," a wedding and murder threatens to tear a liberal activist family down to its very foundation. India Hayes' childhood friend returns home to get married and instead meets a terrible end at Martin University's campus. And, all fingers point to India's brother, Mark. India is the middle child of Presbyterian Reverend Lana Hayes and the wheelchair bound Mr. Alden Hayes. Along with her older sister, Carmen, and her younger brother, Mark, she has spent her entire life in the Akron suburb of Stripling. Working as a librarian at Martin University where her brother is a member of the mathematics faculty, India spends her free time indulging in her painting and pampering her cat. That is, until Olivia Blocken, her estranged best friend (and her brother's unrequited love), blows into town on the 4th of July with an arsenal of emotional fireworks. Suddenly, India is plunged right in the middle of a murder investigation, desperately trying to clear her brother's name and find justice for her erstwhile friend. Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower is a riveting tale of murder and family dynamics. Permeating throughout the story are unforgettable, eccentric characters, amusing anecdotes of Northeast Ohio life, and tongue-in-cheek humor that captivates the reader in this page-turning mystery. Amanda Flowers truly captures the essence of traditional mystery writing; complete with an ending that leaves the reader saying, "Why didn't I see that coming?"
ThorneStaff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This cozy mystery is a fun, light-hearted read, with interesting characters making it as much a character study as a mystery. I'll be fascinated to see how India Hayes sharpens her mystery-solving skills in future books as she moves away from "women's intuition" to real sleuthing. You have to love the characters in this story and look forward to seeing more of them with more in-depth insights as each book comes out.
elbakerone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mystery lovers, meet India Hayes: artist, librarian, friend, sister, daughter, bridesmaid, and soon to be amateur detective. After agreeing to serve as a bridesmaid (ugly dress and all) for her childhood friend Olivia, India is torn between family and friendship loyalties, as India's brother Mark still carries a torch for his ex-girlfriend Olivia. When the wedding is canceled and a funeral scheduled instead, the cops cry murder and Mark is the prime suspect. It's up to India to come to her brother's defense when the whole town turns against him...and her. Author Amanda Flower does a wonderful job of bringing to life the town of Stripling, Ohio. The supporting cast - India's activist parents, the Irish landlady, Olivia's rebellious teen sister, a pair of ill-tempered cats, and many others - creates extensive realism to the backdrop of the novel. Instead of just hearing a story the reader feels introduced to the town's life with hopes that this will be the first of future adventures involving India Hayes. The mystery in the story was well-layered and Flower kept the pacing right to build intrigue throughout the book. Maid of Murder is a charming and well-written book with a fresh plot and unique characters. It was great to encounter a novel centered around a woman that did not involve her quest for a man, and Amanda Flower has created a winner in the witty, smart heroine India Hayes.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
India Hayes has been a bridesmaid several times already (but never the bride), but this wedding may be the most exciting yet. The bride¿a childhood friend of India¿s¿Olivia Blocken is killed just before her wedding and the main culprit is her brother who asked Olivia to meet him by the fountain just before her death. All the trails lead up to Mark: ex-boyfriend still pining for Olivia and a rendezvous that led to death, but India is determined that Mark had nothing to do with Olivia¿s death. Maid of Murder, while it may sound odd, biggest asset for me was not the murder mystery, but the cats. That¿s right: the cats. Not just `a¿ cat, but two cats: Templeton and Theodore. Two freaking awesome cats that duke it out in the bedroom with claws and biting fur flying everywhere. Before you call PETA on me, I am not into animal cruelty, but this scene was freaking hilarious. Or maybe it was just the dialogue that was funny? Okay, back to the novel. The mystery aspect as very straight-forward and is a classic mystery¿one that I already solved when all the characters were introduced mind you. There is no extremely challenging or ¿original¿ I could say to Maid of Murder, but it still provided a light-hearted (as far as a murder mystery can be light-hearted), delightfully fun read. The characters themselves were caricatures: exaggerated, bigger-than-life, but funny as heck. We have Ina, the landlord for our heroine, so proud of her Irish heritage that her apartment is completely green and her lawn covered her ornaments. The parents: the mother is a Reverend and the father fell down the roof paralyzing his lower half, but they are both huge activists. Picket signs, chaining themselves to trees, chants, the whole shebang. The sister: pregnant with twin girls and very loud. What¿s not to love? In all, Maid to Murder is a well-paced mystery novel that is humorous, but still leaves lingering desires for a sequel.
VickiLN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maid of Murder is a lighthearted cozy mystery that is also very funny. I grew up in Ohio so I loved that the book takes place there. I think the author has a unique writing style that you will either love or not. I'm in the "love" category. I found this book refreshing, entertaining and full of laughs. All the characters were, well...characters. They all had their own personalities and quirks.I loved this book and want to read more from Amanda Flowers. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a light, funny who dunnit
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
India Hayes is a librarian at Martin College in Ohio. It's a small campus, but prone to lots of action. Her brother Mark is accused of a crime against an old high school flame. India steps in and investigates to help her brother. Being a small town, everyone seems to know each other or has dated each other in the past. Her age-defying hippie parents are fun, as is her leprechaun loving neighbor Ina. A nice start to a mystery series.
Tmtrvlr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower is the first of what I hope is a long list of India Hayes mysteries. The story is a wonderfully entertaining cozy mystery. India`s character is likeable and has an admirable tolerance level for her radical parents and rather eccentric neighbor. She also has an endearing loyalty to her brother and an understanding of his moods and behavior. The story is clever and fast-paced as India takes the lead in finding out what really happened to her long-time friend Olivia. It looks bad for her brother, but her loyalty to him drives her through some adventures and very funny action. Her relationships with her brother, sister, nephew, and parents seem like a real-life family. I enjoyed every minute of this first-rate book and I look forward for more.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Witty Debut Mystery! India Hayes is an artist who makes her living as a campus librarian in a small college town. She and her pampered cat reside in a duplex owned by an eccentric Irish landlady who lives in the adjoining unit. Olivia Blocken was India's childhood best friend who insisted India act as a bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding. India's brother, Mark, is a depressed and rather pathetic individual who is a local college math professor. Just days before the wedding Olivia died from traumatic head injuries sustained as a result of being pushed into a fountain on the college campus near Mark's office. Mark was discovered holding her after pulling her from the fountain. Due to circumstantial evidence he was ultimately taken into custody for the suspected murder of Olivia Blocken, his old high school flame. The fires are still smoldering where Mark is concerned as he'd never stopped loving Olivia.  Amanda Flower has written a cozy mystery with unexpected elements of humor, suspense, and chaos. Her characters are as diverse and capricious as the weather. This witty mystery is well written with character and humor, as well as suspense and mystery. The fur flies between cats, sisters and liberal activist parents. Eccentricities prevail and tempers flare as Mark's family attempts to prove his innocence. Maid of Murder is a well written and humorous story of tempestuous proportions. Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received as a result of this review. 
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ethel55 More than 1 year ago
India Hayes is a librarian at Martin College in Ohio. It's a small campus, but prone to lots of action. When her brother Mark is accused of a crime against an old high school flame, India steps in and investigates to help her brother. Being a small town, everyone seems to know each other or has dated each other in the past. Her age-defying hippie parents are fun, as is her leprechaun loving neighbor Ina. A nice start to a new mystery series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Stripling, Ohio, Martin College librarian India Hayes also works as a struggling artist. When her longtime friend Olivia Blocken asks her to be a bridesmaid, India agrees though she fears how her brother Mark will react as he still loves Olivia. Mark suffered a nervous breakdown when Olivia left Stripling to go to college so her trepidation is jusrified. As Mark hides himself in math and in teaching at the college, India conceals from him that she is a bridesmaid at Olivia's nuptials. When someone shoves Olivia to her death, the police suspect Mark as the prime culprit with the motive being unrequited love based on the fact he broke down once before when Olivia left him so if he can't have her no one can have her. India investigates believing Mark would never kill anyone let alone the woman he loves. This is a lighthearted fun amateur sleuth cozy due to the eccentric support cast (human and feline). India feels a deep need to prove her sibling may have suffered from unrequited love, but was not a jealous killer as sulking and weeping is more his style. Since she does not trust the cops to look elsewhere though she admits this might be a throwback to her 1960s hippy activist parents, she makes inquiries. Readers will enjoy Maid of Murder as the amateur sleuth uses her librarian research skills to land in trouble as she investigates who killed Olivia. Harriet Klausner