MYSTERY

An Old Fashioned Murder: A Moonshine Mystery

Minotaur: St. Martin's. May 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781250077257. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466889156. M
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Daisy McGovern and her invalid mother reside at the Tosh Inn in southwestern Virginia. Newly restored after a flood, the hotel is due for a grand reopening. Proprietor Aunt Emily (who is really no one's aunt) has invited several folks to celebrate: Henry Brett, an antiques dealer; Edna and May Fowler, Emily's dear friends; Drew Alcott, Daisy's beau; Lillian and Parker McGovern, Daisy's former in-laws, and bootlegger Rick Balsam. When an heirloom bookshelf falls and kills Henry, and the house is cut off from the outside world by a sudden snowstorm, the guests are, rightfully, agitated.
VERDICT In her third series outing (after A Nip of Murder), Miller adds an alluring Southern flavor to the classic country house whodunit. Her characters are lighthearted, and the dialog is quite clever. Recommend for anyone who misses Anne George's "Southern Sisters" mysteries.

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