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A Merry Little Murder (A Rhodes to Murder Mystery Book One) (edition 2007)

by Mary Welk

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Title:A Merry Little Murder (A Rhodes to Murder Mystery Book One)
Authors:Mary Welk
Info:Echelon Press (2007), Paperback, 260 pages
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Great plot twists! I never saw the murderer coming. Great engaging story line. ( )
  krystalsbooks | Dec 16, 2012 |
The Christmas season is rocked with an explosion in the psychiatric unit of St. Anne Hospital, where our heroine, Caroline Rhodes, R.N., works part-time. She’s not injured, but seven others – six patients and a student nurse -- are killed. When the cop assigned to the case discovers Caroline’s own history of hospitalization for psychiatric illness, he believes that makes her a top suspect.

The “celebrity” that comes with being, at the very least, a witness to such a crime garners Caroline an invitation to a party at Bruck University, where she holds down a full-time job as the nursing dorm mother. There she meets Professor Carl Atwater, who looks like Santa Claus – all 300+ pounds of him. The two wind up joining forces to solve the crime and exonerate Caroline.

It seems implausible that anyone would classify the brutal murders of seven people as a “merry little murder,” so I thought the title of this book was quite inappropriate. Although the two main characters make a compelling sleuthing duo, the book’s flaws negate some of that likeability.

Folks who live in small towns are often interconnected, but I thought the degree of connectedness in Rhineburg was tough to believe. Silly, little errors I thought would be absent in a book that’s a revised second edition often distracted from the story. Plus the last two chapters – which followed the resolution of the main crime -- seemed anti-climactic. I’m a big fan of holiday mysteries, but A Merry Little Murder won’t make it to my list of favorites.

*Previously published as A Deadly Little Christmas in 1998.

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