Monday, April 27, 2009

Notoriously Neat - Suzanne Price


Notoriously Neat
A Grime Solvers Mystery
Suzanne Price
Obsidian

Mystery

It’s not too unusual for a first date to hit a snag or two. For Sky Taylor, her first date with Police Chief Alex Vega is going quite well until the restaurant suddenly transforms into Noah’s Ark. One minute, they’re eating great Japanese food, the next minute, all manner of animals are running through the place. A monkey ends up in Sky’s lap. The intruders are escapees from the vet’s office across the street.

Like most residents of Pigeon Cove, Sky knows and likes the vet, Gail Pilsner. Unfortunately, police who are already at the scene find Dr. Pilsner dead at the bottom of the stairs. Given the broken banisters, it’s clear that someone threw her. The immediate suspect is Orlando, a Spanish-speaking employee who maintains the kennels. Even though parts of his story don’t make sense, Sky doesn’t believe that Orlando is guilty, and once again finds herself up to her elbows in murder.

This is the third installment in the series (SCENE OF THE GRIME, DIRTY DEEDS) and Sky’s life and character continues to evolve. Her business continues to grow, and her new assistant, Bryan, maintains a blog with cleaning tips (scattered throughout the novel) while trying to steer Sky to more green cleaning solutions. Anyone with pets will appreciate the many cleaning tips to be found here. Cozy mystery lovers will enjoy the satisfyingly twisty mystery.

Rating: 7
April 2009
ISBN# 978-0-451-22659-4 (paperback)

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