Wicked Schemes

A Chautauqua Murder Mystery (Mimi Goldman Chautauqua Mysteries)

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Pub Date 31 May 2022 | Archive Date 27 Oct 2022

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Wicked Schemes is the ninth book in Deb Pines' traditional whodunit Chautauqua Mysteries featuring the wise and witty reporter/grandma sleuth Mimi Goldman.

"An Agatha Christie for the text-message age," IndieReader calls the top-selling series.

When a local online message-board post says, "A Murder is Announced," all are welcome, on July 18, 2021, at 9:15 p.m. at Merrill Manor, Chautauqua is abuzz.

Many show up expecting a harmless murder-mystery game.

But then the lights go out. An intruder yells, "Stick 'em up." Three shots are fired. And, by the door, lies . . . the body of the intruder, in costume.

Was it a botched robbery? Or something else?

In this page-turning riff on an Agatha Christie classic, the police, of course, are no help. So reporter and relentless snoop Mimi Goldman (known as "Chautauqua's Miss Marple") and her fearless 90-year-old sidekick Sylvia Pritchard dig in.

They find secrets galore among Merrill Manor's guests who include -- host Betsy Kowalski, a haughty ex-Wall Streeter, her actor nephew, a simpering childhood friend, an elderly tenant with a grudge, a standoffish gardener, a mansplaining ex-judge and a lovesick writer.

As the body count mounts, Mimi and Sylvia go into overdrive, staging a high-stakes showdown -- to try to nab an unhinged killer and solve their ninth and trickiest whodunit yet.

Fans of Agatha Christie and Louise Penny and "Only Murders in the Building" will enjoy this intricately plotted whodunit that's been called a "rollicking homage to the Queen of Mystery."

Wicked Schemes is the ninth book in Deb Pines' traditional whodunit Chautauqua Mysteries featuring the wise and witty reporter/grandma sleuth Mimi Goldman.

"An Agatha Christie for the text-message...


Advance Praise

""A highly entertaining homage to Agatha Christie's classic 'A Murder is Announced'"" featuring Mimi, ""the perfect gumshoe for our times: blending a brilliant mix of classic sleuthing and up to the minute technology"" -- The Book Report


""A clever entertaining murder tale from a reliably engaging author"" where the ""shadow of ever present danger is lightened by skillful, frequently witty dialogue and a couple of charming love stories."" -- Kirkus Reviews


""Bubbling over with sharp, sarcastic humor and lively, vividly detailed writing, WICKED SCHEMES is another charming entry in the series that will delight both longtime fans and newcomers to the Chautauqua mysteries."" -- IndieReader


""Filled with twists, humor"" and a ""final reveal that will shock you."" -- Fran's Reviews


""Despite the demands of her reporting job, misinformation, more murders, conflicting stories and threats, Mimi persists"" in this mystery where ""Pines outdid herself."" -- Catherine Maiorisi, two-time Lambda Award-finalist and author of the Chiara Corelli Mystery Series


""A fun new take on an Agatha Christie classic""-- Amazon reviewer

""A highly entertaining homage to Agatha Christie's classic 'A Murder is Announced'"" featuring Mimi, ""the perfect gumshoe for our times: blending a brilliant mix of classic sleuthing and up to the...


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A group of characters who are friends are trying to solve a mystery…they are quirky and fun. They come alive on the pages of this book. Red herrings make it difficult to solve this crime. The author has written a cannot put down murder mystery that is suspenseful at best. A young man shows up at a party to rob those attending. He is murdered. This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. Thanks to the publisher for the book.

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This is a great homage to Christie, told in a modern way, the book is clever and humorous in places and definitely recommended for people who love fresh takes on older material.

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I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book. A message is posted on the local online message board, stating "a murder is announced." Everyone is invited to participate. A murder mystery game sounds like the perfect way to spend an evening. The guests arrive and they are very excited for the show to begin. All is well until the lights go out and someone yells "stick ''em up." Then gun shots are heard, and they soon discover the body of a masked intruder. So much for fun and games. Two friends decide to investigate. One of them is a spry 90 year old lady called Sylvia. The ladies do not feel that the police are doing the job quickly enough. As they continue to investigate, the body count rises. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is definitely reminiscent of the Agatha Christie Miss Marple series. This book combines mystery humor, and intrigue. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good, cozy mystery. It will keep you entertained and wanting to read more by the author.

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Bodies Pile…
The ninth in the Chautauqua Murder Mystery series and a Christie-esque offering with a murder being literally announced. Who could refuse that? The announcement on the local message board has the town intrigued and abuzz with excitement - but, on attending, the party rapidly becomes less than book related when a real murder does in fact take place. It’s not long before local busybody and reporter, Mimi Goldman, and her nonagenarian sidekick Sylvia, take centre stage. As bodies pile and suspects mount can these intrepid sleuths solve the crimes in true Miss Marple style? Deftly drawn characters populate a fun and frothy plot with some rather nicely done plotting. Enjoyable and entertaining.

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