Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: On the Nickle - 2nd in the Cleopatra Jones Mystery series
Author: Maggie Toussaint
Publisher: Five Star Publishing
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Rural Maryland
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Maggie's Website/Blog: www.maggietoussaint.com
On The Nickel is the second book in the Cleopatra Jones series. A good story that will keep you interested. Although I wouldn't necessarily classify it as a cozy. It's a little dark for that slot.
Cleopatra Jones is an accountant and a so-so golfer who is trying to start over after a divorce from a sometimes obnoxious ex-husband and taking care of two teen-age daughters, which is a full-time job in itself. She is concerned about her mother, who she thinks is acting a bit odd lately and decides to drive her to a meeting of the church ladies club. While there, mom gets into an argument with a member, Erica Hodged, who is extremely pushy and rich which is not a great combination because she thinks that her wealth will bring her all the attention and it does. Someone drives over her in the church parking lot and mom is blamed for it. Cleo is certain that her mom had nothing to do with the killing and tries to clear her mother's name. Unfortunately, mom's car is damaged and she won't confirm where she was on the night of the murder. When her mom is arrested for the crime Cleo remarks that at least she won't have to put her in an old folks home. That was a bit harsh. So, off Cleo goes to free mom. Along with her ex-husband, two children, a golf-pro friend and a very pregnant St. Bernard to aid and abet her investigation.
Cleo is an amateur golfer and not great at the game. She is much better at solving crimes. Her family life is full of problems and, on top of that she is worried about her mom's attitude and is very concerned because her mother is not forthcoming with any answers to Cleo's questions. As for me, I liked the premise of the book but, being a senior citizen, was a little bothered by the descriptions of mom and her friends as being a little arthritic and doddering. This does not bode well for readers of the mature ages of 60 and over. So, read and enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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