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Mud Bog Murder Paperback – 1 September 2016

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Product details

  • Paperback : 268 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1603813152
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1603813150
  • Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.32 cm
  • Publisher : Camel Press (1 September 2016)
  • Language: : English

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5 stars: In this engaging and extremely entertaining novel, we are introduced to Eve Appel, a delightful and spunky protagonist . A Sporting Murder is fun, funny, fast-paced and exciting. Reader s Favorite Reviews" --Readers Favorite Reviews

The new Eve Appel Mystery is here and it is absolutely terrific[ .] A great mystery that is all about a fun cast combined with an excellent plot, readers will be thrilled with this one.
Mary Lignor for Suspense Magazine" --Suspense Magazine

Florida Weekly: Week Of August 31-September 6, 2016
Rural Florida town harbors a nutcase killer and a nosy sleuth
Cozy mysteries have established themselves as a thriving mystery subgenre. While there s plenty of suspense and plenty of investigatory action, the cozies have a warm feeling. Often humorous and usually uplifting, they are on the other side of noir. While the queen of this category is Nancy J. Cohen (who even wrote a how-to book about this subgenre), Lesley A. Diehl is a contender.
Mud Bog Murder, the fourth Eve Appel Mystery, is set in a place called Sabal Bay, Florida which I take to be a fictional stand-in for Ms. Diehl s rural residence of Okeechobee. Here, on the ranching property owned by Jenny McCleary, disaster strikes during the mud bog race, a favorite local entertainment that can bring the person whose property is rented a nice piece of change.
In fact, the disaster strikes Jenny, whose severed head is found flying through the air, spun up by the churning wheels of a participating monster truck. Pieces of her alligator-torn body are found near the Miccosukee tribe s airboat business.
Jenny had recently begun shopping at the quality second-hand clothing business owned and run by Eve Appel and her pregnant friend Madeleine. Theirs is a mobile business about to be transformed into a fixed address store in town.
They might have become friends with Jenny, who was about the only property owner around who didn t resent seeing Eve and Madeleine among the environmental protesters. Why should these two be telling the ranchers how to use their land and trying to take away the pleasures of monster truck fans?
Resentment toward the protesters threatens the business. They can t even get local tradespeople to do repairs on the store, which the previous owner had left in terrible condition.
When Eve s friend Grandfather Egret (his grandson Sammy is cautiously attracted to Eve) is arrested for the murder, Eve just knows this is a mistake and has to prove it. Her PI boyfriend Alex resents her snooping ways, as does Frida, a local police officer. Yet Eve pushes on, and Alex becomes enlisted in the investigation. All want to help bring justice for Jenny s teenage daughter, Shelley, who in her disorienting grief has begun leaning on Darrel, an exploitative, abusive lowlife she calls her boyfriend.
Who would have had it in for Jenny? Where do the clues point?
Most readers will focus on the sleuthing team that grows to include not only Eve and Alex, but also Madeleine s husband David, Eve s former husband Jerry, Sammy Egret and Eve s dear Nappi Napolitani, the local mafia kingpin (you better believe it). One after another, suspects are identified and rejected until only one is left. Among these are the rival properties owners seeking the benefit of contracting for the mud bog race. Another center of interest is Eve s fear of romantic commitment, which grew out of her wretched marriage to Jerry. Alex is pushing to tie the knot, but Eve keeps pushing him away. His anger is palpable, as is her uncertainty. Slowly, an attraction builds between Eve and Sammy Egret. An awkward situation for both of them at first, it gathers strength and naturalness through the novel. These plot interests combine with other features to provide a multi-faceted reading experience. Richly drawn characters like Eve and her grandmother can be at once endearing and irritating. Darrel is a perfectly despicable bad boy. Grandfather Egret has wisdom, patience and courage.
Ms. Diehl examines several relationships in rewarding depth. She also provides an entertaining overview of the cultural climate in rural Florida s small, inland communities this one within shopping distance of West Palm Beach, where Eve and Madeleine get those upper-class cast-offs to market back in Sable Bay.
Read it and smi --Florida Weekly

About the Author

Lesley A. Diehl retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida-cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle-a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport. Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse. When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates a 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work. Lesley is the author of a number of mystery series and mysteries as well as short stories. Mud Bog Murder follows the first three books in the Eve Appel mystery series, A Secondhand Murder, Dead in the Water, and A Sporting Murder. For more information, go to www.lesleyadiehl.com.