First she reads that her old college friend Gordon Sweet is dead. Then she learns he was murderedat the abandoned landfill where the eccentric archaeol Maddy Sprowls gets to The Hannawa Herald-Union right at nine. Then she learns he was murderedat the abandoned landfill where the eccentric archaeology professor was conducting his latest dig. And just like that, the cranky year-old newspaper librarian finds herself investigating another murder. Gordon's death just might be linked to the grisly bludgeoning of state wrestling champ David Delarosa fifty years earlier.
And so begins a harrowing, and hilarious, trek back to Maddy's old beatnik days, when she was a member of the Meriwether Square Baked Bean Existentialist Society. There's a coffee house full of quirky suspects to consider: And, oh yes, the legendary beat writer Jack Kerouac figures into this satisfying caper, too. There's a reason why reporters call Maddy "Morgue Mama" behind her back.
And why cops and criminals alike get the jitters when she pulls up in her old Dodge Shadow. She is tough, tenacious, and as readers of C. The Cross Kisses Back discovered, tricky as the dickens. Hardcover , pages.
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Morgue Mama Mysteries 2. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dig , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 02, Vickie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a fab one to read.
Much mellower than the first in the series. I loved that one too. Maddy Sprowls cracks me up. She's in her 60s, does not take any crappe, especially at the newspaper where she runs the 'morgue' or the place where past copies or articles are maintained. She' She runs into a murder that affects her past and present and she knows the cops are going to do little to investigate what she thinks needs investigating.
I like watching her mind work. She's smart and can see thing This was a fab one to read. She's smart and can see things in a way that no one else does. And since she's older, she can meander where others might be suspect. Thankfully they are available for the e-readers. All are at a really reasonable price, at least for my Nook. Aug 10, Sharon rated it liked it. Lots of "beatnik" allusions in this mystery wherein the college professor friend of a newspaper librarian is killed at the town dump where he is directing an archeology dig. Jan 14, Ellen rated it liked it Shelves: Maddy Sprowls has worked for the Hannawa Herald-Union newspaper for more than 40 years in the morgue where she reigns over decades of old clippings.
Her job has earned her the nickname of the "Morgue Mama". Maddy is stunned when she learns that a dear friend from her college days, an archaeology professor named Gordon, has been found shot to death at the site of his latest dig - the local city dump. Morgue Mama Mysteries 3. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Unraveling of Violeta Bell , please sign up. Wow, reading the reviews, I think I'll give these books a try - if just for the unique names of all the characters to see if they match personality to name.
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I read the first one, and thought it okay; I skipped the second as the plot didn't seem interesting to me at all. In that respect, there wasn't anything "missing" that I couldn't infer. Maddie is intended as a feisty old gal, who pretty much does as she pleases. Unfortunately, by the end of the book, I decided she was a 69 year old brat; in her world, there aren't too many consequences, as she can't really be fired from her job at that age, and her significant other doesn't seem particularly c I read the first one, and thought it okay; I skipped the second as the plot didn't seem interesting to me at all.
Unfortunately, by the end of the book, I decided she was a 69 year old brat; in her world, there aren't too many consequences, as she can't really be fired from her job at that age, and her significant other doesn't seem particularly confrontational. Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh with a low rating, but I'm honestly glad there aren't going to be any more Morgue Mama books. Lorna Raver's audio narration was good, although she may have underscored Maddie's obnoxiousness a bit. The plot itself wasn't consistently credible, although I did have trouble keeping the secondary characters apart.
Jan 25, Kimberly Ann rated it liked it. I liked the mystery, I liked the characters this is the second I've read , I liked the story. But there was sure a whole lot of boring narrative The Red Herring was pretty good too, not at all who I suspected, but I wasn't paying attention. Violeta Bell is a presumptuous heir to the Romanian Throne. She is one of a group of four older senior women who go Garage Sale hunting every week with the same cab driver Eddie.
After an article appears in the local newspaper, Violeta is murdered, and I liked the mystery, I liked the characters this is the second I've read , I liked the story. After an article appears in the local newspaper, Violeta is murdered, and Eddie is being framed for it. As it turns out Violeta was once the Prince Presumptive, who everyone thought died in a boating accident, where no body was ever found This is a part of the Red Herring Nov 16, Donna Jo Atwood rated it liked it Shelves: This is the second Morgue Mama Mystery.
I haven't read the first. She manages to thrust herself into a mystery about the death of Violetta Bell, a elderly woman she met at a garage sale Maddy is 69 years young. But with a heart of --well, something harder than butter. Violetta Bell has been an antiques dealer--and claimed to be the rightful queen of Romania. But some of her antiques are on This is the second Morgue Mama Mystery. But some of her antiques are on the shady side, and Romanian Royalists are looking at someone else. So why was she killed in her frilly undies in her condo complex gym?
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Oh, and who did her in? If you are looking for realism, this probably isn't it. But it was fun. Jul 30, Elena rated it liked it Shelves: I got this book because it was in the damaged book section at the local book store. I dont think I would have found it if not since I never browse the mystery section. I am glad I found it though.
The Unraveling of Violeta Bell (Morgue Mama Mysteries, book 3) by C R Corwin
Maddy is so quirky and familiar. I thought the story of Violeta Bell was interesting and I love how Maddy came across all the information. The flash cards can be used to gradually build a basic knowledge of Spanish words. Work through the various sections in your own time. Each new word is first introduced in Spanish and then followed by a flash card with the English Want to improve your conversation skills with the Portuguese-speaking people in your life? Portuguese Phrases for Dummies is the perfect diving board for anyone looking to communicate and even become fluent in the language.
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