American cosy mystery, featuring Myrtle Clover.
(What I expected when I bought this volume was that it would be the first in the series, but just before I dug into it, I read via Elizabeth´s blog that she had edited the e-book version so thoroughly that it was more correct to consider it the second. The order is not very important, however).
It was a genuine pleasure to meet stubborn old Myrtle again. Myrtle is the mother of the local police chief, but she cannot help interfering whenever one of her neighbours dies suddenly (seems to happen a lot) so when the annoying, alcoholic hairdresser is killed, Myrtle nearly brings the roof down in her effort to catch the murderer.
“Red battled a rising tide of panic. As Bradley, North Carolina Chief of Police, he took his duty ensuring public safety very seriously. Having his octogenarian mother terrorizing the citizenry in a borrowed 1978 Cadillac Fleetwood didn´t fit his vision.”
What I enjoy most of all is the fact that Myrtle is such an intolerable pain in the butt. Bossy, interfering, rude and almost ruthless when she is ferreting out her culprit. A character you might hate to meet in real life, but safely rooted in a novel, the woman is great company indeed.
I bought the book myself, read it myself (in a few hours), but kept disturbing my family by laughing out loud several times.