Monday, January 11, 2016

Book Review: Basket Case (A Silver Six Mystery, Book 1) by Nancy Haddock

First in a crafty new cozy mystery series from national bestselling author Nancy Haddock.

About the Book:

There isn’t much crime in Lilyvale, Arkansas, but local authorities have their hands full with Ms. Sherry Mae Stanton Cutler and her housemates—a crafty group of retirees who’ve dubbed themselves the Silver Six. But when Sherry Mae’s niece, Nixy, arrives to keep them in line, Lilyvale also plays host to a killer.

When Leslee Stanton “Nixy” Nix gets the latest call from Lilyvale detective Eric Shoar, she knows it means trouble. There’s been another kitchen explosion at her Aunt Sherry’s farmhouse, and the dreamy-voiced detective has had enough. If Nixy doesn’t check on her aunt in person, the Silver Six could become wards of the court. But the trouble Nixy finds in Lilyvale is not at all what she expects.

The seniors are hosting a folk art festival at the farmhouse, featuring Sherry’s hand-woven baskets, when land developer Jill Elsman arrives to bully Nixy’s aunt into selling the property. When Jill is later found dead in the cemetery, Sherry is suspected of weaving a murder plot, and it’s up to Nixy and the Silver Six to untangle the truth.

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Book Information:

Series: A Silver Six Mystery (Book 1)
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0425275728
ISBN-13: 978-0425275726

Amazon Link:

Basket Case: A Silver Six Crafting Mystery (A Silver Six Mystery)

My Review:

Basket Case is the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series by Nancy Haddock.

After receiving yet another call from Lilyvale, the city her aunt lives in, Nixy knows that a trip is in order.  Nixy's aunt Sherrie and her 5 roommates, dubbed the Silver Six, are causing disturbances that has Detective Shoar at his wits end.  After Nixy arrives unannounced, a rude land developer, Jill Elsman, and her assistant show up full of threats and all around not nice behavior.

Later, Jill is discovered by Nixy in the local cemetery deader than a doornail.  It's now up to Nixy, the Silver Six, and other townsfolk to unravel why exactly Jill was in town.  They also have to figure out who killed her before Nixy's aunt is arrested and thrown in jail for murder.

The Silver Six really steal the show in Basket Case.  All of Sherry's roommates; Dwight, Maisie, Aster, Fred, and Eleanor, are fantastic characters that have each other's backs.  They stand up for each other, defend each other, and support Sherry to the fullest extent possible.  All 5 of Sherry's friends are wary of Nixy because she went from not really coming around to getting to Lilyvale and trying to take charge.

As Nixy tries to settle in and assure the Silver Six that she's not there to disband the group, she also has to convince the local law enforcement that the Silver Six isn't a threat to the neighborhood.  What ensues is a wonderful romp through a small town full of secrets.  Sherry is framed for the murder of Jill, but while the police focus on her, all the sane people know it wasn't her - meaning that the murderer is still out there....somewhere.

I'm hooked on this series; it's fast paced and engaging.  The author created a world and developed characters that are entertaining and realistic.  I'm from a small town and everyone knew everything about everyone else.  It's what small towns do best.  The foundation for a spectacular cozy mystery series has been laid and I can't wait to read how the author builds it up!!



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