Murder in a Basket

Murder in a Basket

by Amanda Flower


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College librarian India Hayes thought the worst thing about the Stripling Founders' Festival was her pink gingham pioneer dress until she discovered the body of a free-spirited basket weaver on the festival grounds. The basket weaver leaves behind an angry blacksmith husband, a confused adopted son, greedy siblings, a dysfunctional artists' co-op, and a labradoodle with a two-million-dollar trust in his name. Despite the wrath of her college's provost and protests by handsome police detective Rick Mains, India finds herself playing sleuth as well as foster-owner to the two-million-dollar dog. With her own eccentric family commenting from the sidelines and her Irish-centric landlady as volunteer sidekick, India must discover the truth before she has a permanent canine houseguest or ends up the next victim in the basket weaver's murder.

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ISBN-13: 9781986933629
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2018
Series: India Hayes Series , #2
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 289,838
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Murder in a Basket: An India Hayes Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
What a fun read. Humor surrounds India as she investigates the murder of a local craft artist. Along for the ride are members of her family with overbearing Carmen and her civic-minded parents. Ina, her neighbor, lends a hand to the investigation in a way only Ina can. The author did a good job of stringing me along as to the identity of the killer. The witty conversations and the supporting cast of eccentrically quirky characters were delightfully entertaining in this fast-moving mystery and with that ending; I can’t wait for the next book in this wonderful series.
Judiex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A light, quick-read mystery. College librarian India Hayes finds the body of a basket weaver at a Founders' Day Festival. When the woman's son asks her to help, she tries to find the murderer and the motive. She encounters family disfunction, partly based on the $2 million inheritance given to a dog which the the victim was named to care for. My major complaint is the use of the incompetent, eccentric side-kick, in this case India's landlady.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mild mannered college librarian India Hayes returns! Setting the stage in this mystery is the Stripling Founders' Festival. India's strong willed sister Carmen is in charge, and India is manning a booth. I enjoyed this as much as India's first story. Her family and co-workers are suitably quirky for the style of the story and the mystery was just twisty enough to keep my interest. I hope to read many more stories with India as the lead.
SherylHendrix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even better than Amanda Flower's first book, this mystery combines her quirky characters from the first book with a harder to guess at solution that left me jumping between several possible scenarios right until the very end. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this sequel to Amanda Flower’s Maid of Murder, India Hayes again finds herself in strange garb. This time, India’s sister has convinced her to wear an American colonial outfit while face painting at the local college’s fair. India continues to be a wonderfully quirky character with a terrific sense of humor. Even when she stumbles over the dead body of a fellow artist, her good humor does not completely fail her. Accompanied by an elderly neighbor dressed in Irish Green, India sets out to solve the murder. The book has the same accompanying cast as the first book, including India’s endearing hippy parents. Laugh out loud moments are coupled with moments of tense suspense. This book is charming, funny, and an all-around great cozy read. A surprise ending makes me anxious to read the next installment of this series. Highly recommended for lovers of quality light reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago