Series: Deadly Notions Mystery #2
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Published by Berkley on 6 May 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Mid Year COYER
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When Daisy Buchanan buys an antique dollhouse at auction, she has no idea that she is going to be embroiled in another investigation. Shortly after local collector Harriet Kunes demands Daisy sell it to her, she is electrocuted. Suspicion quickly falls on Harriet’s estranged husband Birch who is now free to marry his very pregnant mistress but Daisy isn’t so sure.
Read it for…
The relationship between Daisy and Joe. Without Joe, Daisy wouldn’t have realised that the wiring in Harriet’s dollhouse was tampered with and without Daisy, Joe wouldn’t have found his new hobby which quickly absorbs all of his attention. Life isn’t a cake walk though as Daisy is about to be evicted from her shop’s premises if she doesn’t agree to the large rent rise. Unfortunately, the large cast of secondary characters aren’t well rounded and it was hard to get too invested in them. I probably would have engaged with them more if I had read the first in the series and had a chance to get to know them slowly rather than all at once.
Price wove information about notions and dollhouses into story well so I never felt I was being lectured or overwhelmed. I think she pitched her level right as well with enough interesting facts to attract anyone who, like me, knows little about either hobby. The mystery’s not bad and there are enough clues so you should be able to work out the crook without too much drama.
A cute crafty cozy.