Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Doing It at the Dixie Dew, by Ruth Moose
I wouldn't consider this book particularly well-written, but the author won an award for it, has published a number of short stories, and taught creative writing at UNC, so maybe it's just me. Some critics like it because all of the characters are smart and articulate -- that is, those who aren't certifiable. Beth McKenzie inherits a large run-down house in a small town in North Carolina and decides to turn it into a bed and breakfast, with the help of two people who seem to be working pretty much for free. Beth's first guest dies, and then the local priest is murdered, and Beth's life is threatened in several improbable ways. Even though she suspects almost everyone, Beth seems to repeatedly put her life in the hands of the most suspicious.