Mix-Up in Miniature
Overview - Geraldine Porter is thrilled to meet bestselling author and miniatures enthusiast Varena Young. The celebrity seems to seek friendship with Gerry and her crafts group, and makes a generous offer of a house from her collection for a library fund-raiser. Read more...
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Geraldine Porter is thrilled to meet bestselling author and miniatures enthusiast Varena Young. The celebrity seems to seek friendship with Gerry and her crafts group, and makes a generous offer of a house from her collection for a library fund-raiser. But Young is suddenly murdered, and Gerry is left to investigate the crime. She and her eleven-year-old granddaughter Maddie delve for information on Young's mysterious past, and they find a clue to her murder in a secret room...of a dollhouse. Margaret Grace (aka Camille Minichino) compares writing fiction to creating miniature houses and rooms. "In each case," she writes, "I'm creating a model of reality, a fictional world where things can be easier and often make more sense than in the life-size world.... In the world of dollhouses, there's no laundry to do, and a houseful of carpeting can be changed in a matter of minutes. In my mystery novels, the good guys always win and justice is always served. What could be more satisfying?"
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Near the start of Grace’s enjoyable fourth miniature mystery (after 2010’s Monster in Miniature), retired teacher Geraldine “Gerry” Porter succeeds in persuading bestselling romance novelist Varena Young to donate “her enormous museum-quality dollhouse, a Georgian mansion,” to the Lincoln Point, Calif., library auction. Varena herself lives in “an enormous mansion,” where on a later visit Gerry overhears a heated argument between Varena and an unseen man the maid has told her is Varena’s brother. When someone bludgeons Varena to death, the police interrogate Gerry, who is upset to learn that the records show Varena had no living brother. Gerry turns for aid in clearing her name as a murder suspect to her precocious 11-year-old granddaughter, Maddie. Together they retrieve a crucial clue from a hidden passage in a mysterious antique dollhouse. Endearing characters help make this cozy a winner. (Apr.)