Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mayhem In Miniature - Margaret Grace


Mayhem In Miniature
A Miniature Mystery
Margaret Grace
Berkley Prime Crime

Mystery

Retired teacher and widow Gerry Porter has an interesting hobby. She creates miniature rooms in full detail. She’s in the midst of putting the finishing touches on a Victorian Christmas scene when she hears from her friend, Dolores. Dolores’ grandmother, 80-year-old Sofia, is missing from her residential care facility. When she’s found, she’s wandering around her old neighborhood. And she’s covered in blood that is clearly not hers. The police find a body nearby; a man who was a gardener at several of the city’s nursing homes. Obviously, the police want to talk to Sofia, and just as obviously Dolores is fiercely protective of her grandmother. Since Gerry solved a mystery not long ago (MURDER IN MINIATURE) Dolores begs her to look into this case. Gerry doesn’t need much convincing.

Those who read the first book will recognize many returning characters, including granddaughter Maddie. Gerry is a fun, but realistic character. One of the best things about the series, thus far, is the depth of characterization. Each person has his/her own background and motives for acting the way they do, all rendered in a very believable way. For miniature crafters, there are descriptions scattered throughout the text, and a section of tips at the end. Not quite as involving as the first book, this one is still a charming read.

Rating: 7
August 2008
ISBN# 978-0-425-22305-5 (paperback)

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