Murder Talks Turkey
A Yooper Mystery with Gertie Johnson by Deb Baker
Review: The madcap antics of Gertie Johnson and her fellow Yoopers continue unabated in Murder Talks Turkey, the third comedic mystery in this series by Deb Baker.
Recently widowed 60-year-old Gertie and her two ageless friends have opened Trouble Busters Investigations in the small town of Stoney in Yooperland (Michigan's Upper Peninsula). Gertie's son was once the sheriff of Stoney but is on medical leave under her care. When the local credit union is robbed in her presence, with the thief killed right before her eyes, she believes that Trouble Busters Investigations can do a better job of solving case than leaving it in the hands of the acting sheriff.
Gertie's puzzled by a number of facts in the case. The bag of loot the thief got was filled with play money. The thief was wearing orange shoes as was his killer. And who later killed the man found lying next to Gertie's car? Worse for Gertie, who used her gun to do it? This latter incident sets off a series of bungling efforts by the police, tampering of evidence by Gertie, breaking out of jail and destroying government property. Instead of solving the case, Trouble Busters Investigations finds itself part of the case, and on the run to boot.
Murder Talks Turkey is a delight to read. In addition to the engaging mystery, it's a wonderful story of the love of family and friends. And for Gertie, maybe just maybe a new significant other. One of the more amusing features of the book is the new word a day contest that Gertie and her friend Kitty are participating in. They must not only use the word, but use it correctly, something Kitty frequently has a problem with. It's a small touch, but it adds a personal element to the story that makes it all the more special and entertaining.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Murder Talks Turkey.
Acknowledgment: Midnight Ink provided a copy of Murder Talks Turkey for this review.
Review Copyright © 2008 — Hidden Staircase Mystery Books — All Rights Reserved
Location(s) referenced in Murder Talks Turkey: Upper Peninsula, Michigan
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Murder Talks Turkey by Deb Baker — A Yooper Mystery with Gertie Johnson
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: May 2008
List Price: $13.95
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