Murder in Miniature

Book one of the Miniature Mysteries Series

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Pub Date 17 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2022
Crossroad Press, Gordian Knot

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Description

Now that Geraldine Porter is retired, she's got time to devote to her favorite craft. You'd think the world of shoe-box-sized Victorian shadowboxes and little ceramic bathtubs would be trouble free. But Gerry's problems are anything but tiny...

As chairwoman of the local Dollhouse and Miniatures Fair and babysitter for her precocious granddaughter, Gerry's got enough to think about without the curious behavior of her friend Linda Reed. Misfortune seems to follow Linda like a string of melted glue from a low-end glue gun. So when Linda and her prized miniature Governor Winthrop desk go missing the morning of the fair, a worried and annoyed Gerry gets stuck manning two tables alone. Before the week is out, a young woman and prominent townsperson are murdered, and Linda's Governor Winthrop turns up in a most bizarre place. Then someone starts threatening Gerry. And Linda knows more than she lets on. Now Gerry must get to the bottom of things, or it's going to be big trouble...

Now that Geraldine Porter is retired, she's got time to devote to her favorite craft. You'd think the world of shoe-box-sized Victorian shadowboxes and little ceramic bathtubs would be trouble free...


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ISBN 9781005853280
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This is charming! Anyone who likes miniatures should pick up this cozy mystery, which harkens back to the Miss Marple mysteries. The plot is nicely twisty, the characters are great and the main character defeats the bad guy in the most "little old crafter" way possible, which I'm still giggling about. Recommended!

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This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, Crossroad Press and by #NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

A fun cozy mystery series filled with delightful characters and a wonderful story.

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Geraldine Porter is a miniaturist who's taken on the role of chairperson of a local Dollhouse and MIniatures Fair. When Gerry notices her friend Linda behaving oddly, she fears the worst after a local townsperson turns up murdered. Clearing her friend's name will be no small feat!

This book was really charming! Gerry is sweet and I love her relationship with her family. Her granddaughter, Maddie, is really sweet, though the poor girl gets left behind an awful lot. Gerry's house is really cool (do a Google search of Eichler houses, you'll want one too) and the town of Lincoln Point is perfect. There was a bit more intrigue than a typical cozy, which made for less investigating but kept things interesting. I really enjoyed this!

This series was originally published under the name Margaret Grace and Minichino publishes under the name Elizabeth Logan also. I highly recommend anything she writes.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

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This is the second time I've read this book, and I had just as much fun reading it the second time around.
Geraldine is a sweet character that has a knack for building miniature dollhouses and the furnishings. It seems she also has a knack for solving mysteries.
I love the relationship she has with her granddaughter and her nephew.
Fun, interesting book that will make you happy you read it.
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Murder in Miniature is an engaging story that exposes the reader to the world of Miniatures. Miniatures is a fresh cozy mystery genre for me and I enjoyed learning about this crafty world. Geraldine Porter is a delightful heroine who is surrounded by some quirky characters. The author had me guessing throughout the book with lots of intrigue.
Thank you Netgalley and Crossroad Press for the Arc.

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Loved meeting Geraldine Porter. A sweet lady who lives in Lincoln Point. She has become the chairperson for a fair that showcases Dollhouses and Miniatures. A fun cozy mystery with lots of intrigue! Great story plot and endearing characters. Thanks #netgalley and #CrossroadsPress for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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I was worried this would be too cute and that would detract from the plot but it really, really enhances it! The mystery itself is strong and complex without being frustrating. Somehow this incredible world of miniatures and quirky characters makes it all the more intriguing.

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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is well written and the characters are described well. This book is in Northern California, mentioning New York and Los Angeles. This is a crafting cosy mystery. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page trying to figure out what will happen. This ebook is in stores for $3.99 (USD). I would recommend reading this book to anyone and everyone.

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I really wasnt sure about this one. It's just a little different to the cozy mysteries I tend to choose, but I'm pleased I asked for it and really enjoyed it. I recommend it!

The plot has a clear thread throughout yet the context is woven into the story in a relevant and engaging manner. I learnt some really interesting facts about the craft of creating items in miniature.

Linda is not a particularly likeable character, whereas Gerry is. Both are more senior and active in their community. They are close but unlikely friends. The other characters are well developed and I really appreciated the broader ensemble that added depth and quirkiness of each interaction.

I now understand this series has been published previously under a different name. I think I will be exploring other storylines in the series.

With thanks to Netgalley, Crossroad Press, and the author for my Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

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In Camille Minichino's Murder in Miniature, readers are introduced to Geraldine Porter. Geraldine is a grandmother whose hobby of creating miniature furniture, room scenes and dollhouses has kept her from dwelling too much on the death of her husband two years prior to this story. She also has a ten year old granddaughter who is visiting her for most of this book. Adding to the mix are a friend dealing with a troubled adopted son and a nephew who is on the local police force.

With a robbery and two murders, the characters in this book quickly become embroiled in attempting to discover the truth behind the crimes. The author has done an excellent job of character development but possibly a bit too heavy on plotline twists and red herrings. Quite frankly, by the end of the book, I was more than ready for it to end. I did enjoy the crafting focus and tips that were offered as part of the overall story and Geraldine's encouragement to her granddaughter to start learning the hobby as well.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Crossroad Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley

Very cute. I enjoyed this one.

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The first in a series by a new author to me, did enjoy this read .Very strange to be set in a world of miniatures but enjoyable all the same

A good first story and will read the second when available

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I'm glad I was able to read this ARC because I discovered a new interesting cozy series.
It's entertaining, well written, quirky and likeable characters.
The mystery is solid and kept me guessing.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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