Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Monster in Miniature - 5th in the Miniature Mystery series
Author: Margaret Grace
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, California
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Margaret's Website: www.minichino.com
A really interesting concept for a mystery story. Very appealing characters and a plot that will keep you on your toes.
Geraldine Porter is a retired teacher who is very into her hobby of miniatures and she also has extra time to spend with her granddaughter, Maddie. Maddie is also a miniature fan along with grandma and helps her out making doll houses and furniture for them. It's Halloween in Lincoln Point, CA and the holiday is celebrated in high style. There is one street especially where every house has something different and Gerry and Maddie go to see the displays on their way home from school on the weekend of Halloween. They reach a house where there is a scarecrow on the porch that wakes up and screams when people get close. Unfortunately, that straw scarecrow has been replaced by a bloody corpse. Gerry hopes to keep a safe distance from this death because she doesn't want to expose Maddie to this crime but gets pulled into helping to investigate it by the victim's sister, who is a member of the craft group. Also, Gerry's nephew is on the police force and finds clues that seem to involve Gerry's late husband. The investigation becomes a personal issue with Gerry and she, with Maddie along for the ride, has to uncover the truth.
This author has written four other books in this series and I'm planning to read them all. I was charmed by the concept and always knew there were people out there that made all these miniature houses and their contents but didn't think a lot about it. This is quite a hobby and there are so many things to learn. It seems like I went back in time to meet old friends again and get involved in a craft or two. I highly recommend this to all fans of cozy mysteries. This one isn't settled until the last page and I know that you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
I'll talk to you soon,
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