MYSTERY

A Nip of Murder: A Moonshine Mystery

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Dec. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781250019271. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250019288. M
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In a tiny town in southwestern Virginia, waitress Daisy McGovern and her best friend, Brenda, have converted the local diner into a bake shop called Sweetie Pies. One morning, three bandits walk into the bakery, steal 90 pounds of cream cheese, and one of them ends up stabbed to death on the bakery floor. Who is the dead man? Could he be one of the strangers in town for a three-week geocaching trek? Bodies begin to pile up as Daisy tries to figure out what cream cheese, stolen historical maps, and more dead bodies all have in common.
VERDICT In her second outing after the acclaimed debut Murder and Moonshine, Daisy McGovern is the very definition of a spunky steel magnolia, having survived her husband's abandonment and done what she can to rebuild her life. Fans of mysteries set in rural Southern communities will identify with Miller's characters. Recommend to anyone who misses Anne George's "Southern Sisters" mysteries. [Library marketing.]

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