Sunday, July 3, 2011
Grounds for Reading
Someone tainted the sugar at the newly opened Café Caffé coffeehouse in the village of Eastport. A dozen locals got seriously ill and one died. Nora Huggins- mother, wife, mystery buff and want-to-be sleuth-couldn’t help but to get involved. Her delving into the crime led her to believe that it had been a nasty youthful prank. Two of the village’s old spinster sisters, Winnie and Ginnie Miller, were among those who fell victim to the tainted sugar. However, when Winnie suddenly died, surviving Ginnie chose not to hold the coffeehouse responsible. Because of the Miller sisters’ reputation for being uncharitable, Nora became suspicious and probed deeper into their affairs ultimately discovering that Winnie may have in fact been murdered. Proving it became a delicate matter for Nora and the local police chief.
E-publishing has opened up the world of short fiction and John Russo is another author who has mastered the short mystery genre by writing a short, taut, fully rounded story that kept me reading straight through its forty-two pages. It has everything—a crime with multiple victims, red-herrings and who done it disguised well enough to keep you guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this book to mystery buffs and cozy mystery fans alike.
Grounds for Murder was a Top Ten finisher in the Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll.