ABOUT THE BOOK -
When Al Martin, the editor of a satiric newspaper in Chautauqua, N.Y., reportedly dies of COVID-19, the local consensus is: good riddance.
A sister suspects foul play. She wonders why Al was cremated in a hurry.
The police stay out of it.
So it takes reporter and relentless snoop Mimi Goldman to try to find which of Al's haters— including an estranged wife, three bitter siblings, a secretive caregiver, old enemies and the many targets of Al's poison-pen sarcasm—might be a ruthless killer.
The novel, No. 8 in a series called “an Agatha Christie for the text-message age,” once again offers page-turning suspense. Wit. And the unforgettable setting of Chautauqua, a quirky, churchy, lakeside, Victorian cottage-filled summer arts community that launched an adult-education movement Teddy Roosevelt called “the most American thing in America.”
Kirkus Reviews calls A Plague Among Us “an intriguing and engaging crime tale” and “enjoyable novel” with “captivating characters.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Deb Pines, an award-winning headline writer for the New York Post, is the author of seven Mimi Goldman novels and one novelette all set in the Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York where they are top sellers.
A former reporter, Deb is also a lover of puns, show tunes and indoor cycling. She lives in New York City with her husband Dave.
Catch Up With Deb Pines:
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Twitter - @pinesdeb
Facebook - @deborah.pines.9
MY THOUGHTS -
Well I have to start by saying that I am not your typical "cozy mystery" fan, but this one won me over! This book was fun but fascinating! I loved all the historical facts. I couldn't get enough - I love that in a book. Not only were they fun and interesting to read, but I really appreciated all the work and research that must have gone into them. Smallpox killed 300 million people in the 20th century! And the author told how the first vaccine was developed (for smallpox) using an 8 yr old boy as a guinea pig!!! That would not fly today! LOL And, did you know that in 1902 there was a door-to-door vaccination campaign for smallpox. If you refused, you were fined $5. or did jail time! Oh my gosh! I hope our vaccines don't come to that.
Some people might be put off by the mentioning of COVID, thinking its too soon and too close to home. But honestly people, it is close to home isn't it? And I loved this book for that very reason! For me it made it real, something I could relate to. It felt, fresh, up to date, current. I think it takes guts to write about something like that, which is happing in the world today and is bringing so much controversary and sadness!
Great character development. I loved Mimi, of course, who wouldn't love her? She was brave, stuck her neck out there but wasn't aggressive, she was still a kind, sweet person. I loved that about her. I think I would like her in real life. :-)
This was a great little mystery. It had me guessing and wondering all throughout the book!
This was my first one by this author and it won't be my last!
- Thank You!
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