A Misty Mourning - Torie O'Shea, Bk 4 Author:Rett MacPherson A comical blend of history and homicide. A ten-hour car trip with your eighty-year-old grandmother is never much fun, especially if you're seven months pregnant. But when Torie O'Shea's longtime family friend Clarissa Hart Campbell insists that she and Grandma Gert come for a visit at her West Virginia boarding house, they just can... more »39;t say no to the 101-year-old dynamo.
Upon their arrival, Torie and Gert find Clarissa has called together her entire family for the reading of her new will. But everything's happening too fast, even for Clari: the next morning, she's found murdered in bed. The new will stands, and her lawyer follows through on the old woman's wishes to settle an eighty-year-old debt to Torie's great-grandmother: The Panther Run Boarding House now belongs to Torie. Mystified, Torie must put her genealogy skills to work to determine what secrets worth killing for may be hiding in the dilapidated boarding house and the Campbell family story-before it's too late.« less
This is the second book in the Torie O'Shea series that I've read. I haven't read them in order, though even if you don't the characters are well enough developed that you will feel as if you've know them for some time. Though, I didn't like this one as much as I did in "Sheep's Clothing" (the first I read).
These are good, light, fast-paced cozy mysteries. Nothing X-rated, besides a little curse now and again.
Liz L. - reviewed A Misty Mourning (Torie O'Shea, Bk 4) on
Helpful Score: 2
I just can't get enough of this series. While this one isn't my all time favourite, it's still quick paced and entertaining. I enjoy Torie O'Shea's personality quirks - I think I identify with her. I haven't read these in order (read 'em as I can get 'em from other members) and they still work and I think are just as engaging as if I had read them in their "proper" order. These are good enough that I will probably re-read them (in order) down the road and they also have perked my interest in looking up my family tree.
The plot of the book is reasonable and I enjoyed the key character, Torie, but the character of Torie's grandmother is but a pale shadow of what she could be. The writing is choppy. poor, and story development inconsistent. Just when I thought it was flowing along I was halted with a "What's this?" So many cliches and errors in the story. One example: a woman who is to be interviewed opens the door with a shawl over her shoulders. In the next paragraph she holds an afghan around her. As the protagonist investigates almost everyone in the book has a reason to murder the 101-year-old woman from her children to her servants to the local sheriff. I won't waste any more time writing about this one and instead suggest that anyone thinking about reading it choose another.