Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Sherlock's Home: The Adventure of the Contentious Crone (Finn Sherlock)
The Adventure of the Contentious Crone
by Pamela Rose
Life imitating art? That’s Finn Sherlock’s first bizarre thought when she stumbles across a dead body within the Civil War era hiding place inside Sherlock’s Home Mystery Bookstore. Thinking that it’s her gnome-like Uncle Oz costumed to play the part of a fortunetelling druid for ‘All Hallows’ Eve,’ she is relieved when she learns that the hooded figure is not her favorite uncle, but the town’s favorite outcast, Odds Bodkins.
Unfortunately, murder suspects abound due to the fact that the mystery bookstore and its adjoining 221b Bakery were the first stop on the Leapers Point’ Halloween circuit and any number of people were on the scene for the annual ‘Fright Night’ tour. More than that, Odds Bodkins was almost universally detested; far too many would agree that the assisted demise of the loathsome little witch was more treat than trick…possibly even a community service.
With a little help from Uncle Oz and her identical twin sister, Echo, Finn sets out to discover who amongst the congenial southern townsfolk had the audacity and plain bad manners to murder the contentious crone right under the Sherlock family noses. Was it the fire and brimstone preacher Willie Ping? ‘Blooming Idiots’ talented but slightly mental florist? Or what about fluffy nonagenarian Eula May Binks…can anybody really be that sugary sweet? But, when the local Sheriff, Wavy Davey, learns that it was Uncle Oz’s Halloween prop – a bona fide hangman’s noose – that was the murder weapon, there’s more heating up inside the 221b Bakery than just the ovens.
Join the heart of Dixie’s new sleuth Finn Sherlock as she resolutely follows in the footsteps of her namesake to create more than a little mayhem and detect a folksy murderer. Sherlock’s Home Mystery Bookstore…where the game is always afoot.
Many moons ago on an Indiana farmstead My Weekly Reader became Pamela’s first true love, miraculously discovered at the behest of her somewhat humorless third-grade teacher, notorious among her students for being a bit of a pickle-puss. About the same time Pamela realized her ability to cleverly manipulate prose when she read aloud in class her very first book report on a small, much beloved book appropriately named Twig. She was startled to learn subsequently that nearly all of her classmates signed up to read the tiny tome as a result. It was Pamela’s first brush with true power and it was intoxicating. Love affairs with The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden soon followed. Before very long, a grand obsession with all things related to Sherlock Holmes ensued. Ever fickle, Pamela moved on to a brief fling with Ellery Queen. Her short attention span regarding other equally engaging mystery writers soon became obvious to those who were paying attention. However, it should be said that Pamela wistfully returns from time to time to revisit these former loves and renew her passion.
Little did Pamela realize that a true career path had been decided upon. It would be years before this avenue would manifest after Pamela successfully dabbled in careers in advertising, television retailing and radio; eventually teaching in subjects related to all areas at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Pamela Rose currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her tuxedo cat Jake who amuses himself by impersonating a multi-syllabic, tirelessly fetch-playing dog. Also being of a benevolent mind, Jake graciously allows Pamela to serve as his personal valet in exchange for long periods of quiet in which to write.
Pamela Rose Links:
Official Website: http://pamelarosebestsellin.wix.com/pamela-rose
Finn Fan Club Facebook page: www.facebook.com/finnfanclub
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/pamelarose
I found myself smiling a lot while reading Sherlock's home. I loved the characters and hope they come back for more adventure. I did guess part of the mystery but it sure was fun to see it play out.
Finn and her twin sister Echo were raised by their Uncle Oz Sherlock. The three of them decided to move to new town and open up a bookstore and bakery. All three are close together. They do the baking together and work long hours.
They have decorated for Halloween and have treats to hand out. Oz is telling futures with a bag of old runes and a book. They have fun with that. We meet a lot of the town as they come through the stores.
Finn finds a body the day after Halloween in a secret passage way. Finn decides to help the sheriff find out who the murder is. He does not want her help it seems.
Finn and Echo like to tease their Uncle a lot. Their is a lot of wit and quotes going with the three of them. Only Oz is dating and they enjoy teasing him about the woman. Finn is getting over her divorce.
I want to see what happens on the cruise! I think it would be funny to see. At least I hope we get to see more of the Sherlocks in future books. I want to read about them.
I was given this ebook to read for review and to be part of the blog tour.
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