Mystery is one of my favorite fictional genre to read, and to be honest a lot of LDS writer's "who done it" skills have been pretty predictable. I also have to say over the last couple of years, they have been honing their "who done it" skills and are getting better and better. However, what a lot do have down is creating great characters that keep you entertained, often laughing out loud at their antics - and Ida Mae and her cohorts are no exception in this second Secret Sisters Mysteries. It was a fun, quick read and the "visuals" Tristi creates with her writing are great. I haven't read the first volume in this series and had no problem reading Book 2 as a stand alone. However, there were enough references to the antics in Book 1, that I will be going back and reading it. Dearly Departed is another book I would recommend to put on the Summer Reading List!
This second book in the "Secret Sisters" mystery series is as entertaining as the first. I love the escapades that Ida Mae and her friends get themselves "innocently" into and how they get the mysteries solved. Easy reading and laugh out loud situations.
Dearly Departed by Tristi Pinkston
After reading and reviewing dear Tristi's first Secret Sisters novel, I would have to say Dearly Departed is my favorite for one main and big reason. I worked in a nursing homefor 7 1/2 years, loving it, but the food mentioned in Ida Mae's dialogue and thoughts were sounding like a 5 star restaurant or cruise liner's cuisine.
From the first page, I was thinking that I was reading about Ida Mae's pratfall from her first adventure, but as I got through the chapter, I realized it was just Ida Mae's propensity for clumsiness or whatever, thinking she is invincible. Not true!!!!
After Ida Mae is fixe4d up with a cast, she proceeds to find herself in a pickle by landing in her bathtub with a broken wrist.
When Eden, who works at the local newspaper writing obits, she gets a strange e-mail from a lady saying her mother has died suscpiciously at Shady Aspens, an upscale nursing home. With the help of the handsome roving crime reporter, Kevin, they do some sleuthing, then beseech Ida Mae to be admitted to Shady Aspens to do some detective work on the sly. With the help of the Secret Sisters and a few new resident friends from Shady Aspens, Ida Mae, Tansy, Arlette, Eden, Kevin, Hattie, George and Eloise save the day and find the culprits who murdered Beverly and Dr. Brent. When Eden and Kevin get too cllose to the truth, their lives are at stake. When Ida Mae gets to use a motorized wheelchair for more mobility and independence, Ida Mae starts to decipher what's behind the murders. Even Kevin finds out some shocking news that could change his life.
If you love lighthearted murder mysteries, you'll love this second offering in the Secret Sisters series. Tristi is a very skilled writer and editor, so go pick a copy of Dearly Departed up at your nearest bookstore or library. You'll be glad you did.
I received my review copy from Walnut Springs Press.
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press
Date Published: Jan 2011