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Murder Passes the Buck

by Deb Baker (Author)

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After her neighbor is shot in his hunting blind 66-year old Gertie Johnson, a widow living in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) in Michigan forms an ad hoc investigation agency consisting of her man-hungry best friend, Cora Mae (think Blanch Devereaux,), and larger than life, pin-curled friend Kitty to find the killer.

Gertie is a hoot; she’s feisty, snarky, and wholly independent (despite her son’s petition to get her a guardianship). While I didn’t laugh out loud per se, it did bring lots of grins and knowing smiles to my lips. Few cozy mystery heroines are this funny and entertaining. I can’t believe this series hasn’t been nominated for a Lefty Award (humorous crime novels)!

While the mystery is really secondary to Gertie, her friends and her family, Baker still does a fine job of creating a cozy mystery and I really didn’t figure it out until Gertie did, so all in all it was a fun romp of a read perfect for a lazy summer vacation. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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  trishrope | Feb 7, 2014 |
fun, relaxing murder mystery takes place in Michigan in the UP area ( )
  barb302 | Mar 16, 2013 |
Not one to read mysteries, I found this book fun to read. Gertie and her friends are quite entertaining. A fun read. ( )
  Messianic | Nov 19, 2012 |
I'm rarely moved to write a review but I've rarely began a book this bad. I can still remember the only other book I've ever put down after 2 chapters (a star trek novel from the early eighties). The words drone, the characters annoy and the tone bores. This was definitely self published on Amazon. An editor would have made a world of difference- perhaps by critique or, more probably, by keeping it from seeing the light of day. ( )
  Generica | Nov 11, 2012 |
Very different type of story, really keeps your interest. ( )
  Grandy | Nov 8, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0738708720, Paperback)

Gertie Johnson may be a quick draw with the pepper spray, but she hasn't lost her marbles. Her son, the sheriff in a backwoods community of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is petitioning to become her legal guardian. But Gertie, a sassy widow with a taste for detective work, has got bigger fish to fry: solving the murder of a neighbor shot dead in his deer blind.

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Murder Passes the Buck (book 1 in the Gertie Johnson mystery series) is approximately 60,000 words. When her neighbor is shot and killed in his hunting blind, sixty-six-year-old widow Gertie Johnson seizes the opportunity to move on with her life by investigating his death. Gertie is abetted (and hindered) by her grandson Little Donny, man-hungry best friend Cora Mae, and word-of-the-day challenger, Kitty. It doesn't help that Chester's death has been ruled an accident by the sheriff of this backwoods community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Or that Sheriff Blaze Johnson happens to be Gertie's son. Whether it's interrogating neighbors, spying, or impersonating the FBI--not to mention staying one step ahead of Blaze--Gertie will do whatever it takes to solve the case, even when the killer takes aim at her. Praise for the series: "Laugh-out-loud funny" Crimespree Magazine "Fans of Janet Evanovich, imagine Grandma Mazur with a shotgun." Green Bay Press Gazette "One of the most memorable heroines in recent crime fiction." Lansing State Journal… (more)

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