I enjoyed this deftly plotted and fast-paced mystery. The secondary characters are perfect in their small roles, particularly her friend and landlady Frannie and the smitten Vince. In fact, every time Vince appeared, I had the urge to duck out the nearest door in an attempt to escape the poor man.
Emma Chizzit is a fascinating character. She's older, smarter, knows how to work hard and not do anything unduly foolish. Except for her small group of friends, she keeps herself to herself and doesn't say much at all about her past. This makes her a bit mysterious, and what little I did learn about her made me want to know more-- which is why the other two books in this series are on their way to me now.
If you're in the mood for a quick mystery fix with a strong central character, give Mary Bowen Hall's Emma Chizzit novels a try.
I haven't read this, but it sounds really good! Emma Chizzit doesn't want to spend her golden years in a rocking chair, so she starts a salvage business. When hired to clean out an old Queen Anne house in Sacramento, she is thirlled to find a hand-carved cradle-until she finds a mummified baby nearby! All of a sudden, her life is full of dangerous adventure.
J-R- reviewed Emma Chizzit and the Queen Anne Killer (Emma Chizzit Mystery) on
Most people wouldn't consider the salvage business a proper occupation for a woman of a certain age, especially a one-woman crew working out of a pickup truck and a garage apartment. But then, Emma Chizzit doesn't much care what most people think. She likes the work and the way it keeps her active and independent. Then, when cleaning out an old Queen Anne house that's scheduled for demolition, Emma finds a mummified baby and a hand-carved cradle, and the worries descend in full force...That means a plunge straight into the mess with both feet for Emma, whether she likes it or not, and some amateur sleuthing to get to the Queen Anne killer before the Queen Anne killer gets to her.