GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “The Death of Amelia Marsh” by MaryJo Dawson

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A homey and gutsy Sally, using everyday reasoning, questions her way through this story to a surprise conclusion. I loved it! And I liked her cohorts. I liked that these were older interesting people – I could be one of them. Nice.  – Phyllis Dalla Betta

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Sally Nimitz is a widow living in a small mid-western town with a satisfying ordinary life. She is invited to visit her neighbor one afternoon, an elderly lady with a charming English accent. When she arrives for the appointment, the lady is lying on her kitchen floor, dead from a blow to the head. Sally finds herself drawn into the puzzling crime; why would anyone want to kill Mrs. Marsh? As she looks for answers, Sally discovers a talent dormant within herself for solving such a puzzle. With the aid of two friends this budding female sleuth learns Amelia Marsh’s life was a mystery in itself, and there are secrets hidden in her past.

This reader enjoyed it!

I really enjoyed this nice, clean cozy mystery. It’s nicely edited and well formatted for Kindle.

Sally is a heroine that I can relate to, in fact she could be my neighbor, or co-worker. She is bright, intuitive, and middle aged and her reactions to the situations she ends up in are rational and believable. I liked the fact that there was more to Sally’s character than just a woman solving a mystery. She came across as a multi-faceted person, with a broad range of interests, and relationships.

Another reviewer stated that Sally reminded them of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, and although there are similarities, I see Sally as a distinct character in her own right. Both women use logic and intuition to see how the pieces fit together to solve the crimes, but Miss Marple relies mostly on past experiences and her knowledge of human nature, while Sally relies more on logic and clues.

I look forward to reading more of Sally’s exploits.

Oh and just in case you are wondering, the end came as a surprise to me!   –  Cindy V

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