The mystery is good but it is the crazy characters that I love. Dec 02, Margaret rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-cozy. The middle book in the Grub and Stakers series, featuring but not limited to Dittany and Osbert Monk and a cast of lovable eccentrics from Lobelia Falls, Ontario.
This time, the Travelling Thespians are engaged in putting on a play so as to win a priceless collection of theatrical artifacts being hawked off by a local collector. In the process, someone gets non-fatally shot in the foot and the dauntless Dittany must find out who did it. All the features of a typical Alisa Craig cozy are here w The middle book in the Grub and Stakers series, featuring but not limited to Dittany and Osbert Monk and a cast of lovable eccentrics from Lobelia Falls, Ontario.
All the features of a typical Alisa Craig cozy are here winner of the unusual name contest for this book: Leander Hellespont but I was a bit more bothered than usual by Arethusa Monk's Regency or Restoration or whatever it is language. Too many forsooths and methinks to be natural. Craig also seems to have forgotten what the drinking laws are like in Canada.
Another of her books has someone buying liquor in a supermarket, and here we have the local innkeeper offering free cocktails. People have been hanged for less. Jul 25, Ed rated it really liked it Shelves: amateur-detective , cozy-mystery , humor. When Jenson Thorbisher-Freep announces an amateur theatrical contest, the women in the Grub-and-Stake gardening club race to join in. They enlist Osbert Monk as their playwright--not only is he married to their club leader Dittany Monk, but he's famous the world over as Lex Laramie, bestselling novelist of Westerns.
Now all the Grub-and-Stakers have to do is cast it. The gunslinger's performance gets a bit too real on opening night, though, when his prop bullets are replaced with real ones, and claim the toe of a fellow thespian. Dec 29, Linda Brue rated it liked it Shelves: owned. From the publisher: "Lobelia Falls was abuzz about the Scottsbeck drama competition. The house lights went down, the footlights went up I enjo From the publisher: "Lobelia Falls was abuzz about the Scottsbeck drama competition.
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I enjoyed her other series much more than this one, mostly because it is not easily read, and I do the majority of my reading at night, when I'm tired. I can't readily explain why this was too "wordy" except to say that 15 words are used to say something that could have been related with 5.
And the names! Except I did enjoy "Andy McNaster" the villainous innkeeper.
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Apr 25, Maria rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. Another zany contribution to the mystery genre, this one has many things to recommend it, not least of which being Arethusa's incredible cortege of beaus, her reaction to "Thusie" and the dead tarantula, Osbert's Dangerous Dan McGrew play, and the wonderful way the neighbors all pitch in wherever and whenever needed. I loved Daniel and Andy's roles, although I could easily see where it was headed. I was beginning to feel sorry for Andy, because I was pretty sure his cause was hopeless, so this r Another zany contribution to the mystery genre, this one has many things to recommend it, not least of which being Arethusa's incredible cortege of beaus, her reaction to "Thusie" and the dead tarantula, Osbert's Dangerous Dan McGrew play, and the wonderful way the neighbors all pitch in wherever and whenever needed.
I was beginning to feel sorry for Andy, because I was pretty sure his cause was hopeless, so this resolution worked fine for me. Wonderful read. Sep 03, Cindy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: mystery fans who like humor. Shelves: mysteries , funny. Ever wondered about the origins of Dangerous Dan McGrew?
You know, from the famous poem by Robert Service? In this funny story, the Grub-and-Stakers decide to act out the play in the hopes of winning a literary competition. Naturally, things don't go as planned, and someone winds up dead. I really like Alisa Craig and I wish her books were more available. I really recommend this one. Feb 03, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-canada , mystery-humor.
Dittany and the other garden club members with the help of Dittany's writer-husband Osbert go all in to win a play contest. They must write an original play, do all the scenery and costumes, and put it on in a very short time, but of course Lobelia Falls is up to the challenge. But when it comes to dealing with stink bombs, cobras and bullets substituted for blanks, Osbert and Sgt. MacVicar must take charge, and find out who is after the blood of the lawyer who's playing the hero.
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