Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review ~ BASKET CASE by Nancy Haddock

Basket Case (Silver Six Crafting Mystery, #1)
by: Nancy Haddock
Series: Silver Six Crafting Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Berkley Prime Crime

First in a crafty new cozy mystery series from national bestselling author Nancy Haddock

There isn’t much crime in Lilyvale, Arkansas, but local authorities have their hands full with Ms. Sherry Mae Stanton Cutler and her housemates—a crafty group of retirees who’ve dubbed themselves the Silver Six. But when Sherry Mae’s niece, Nixy, arrives to keep them in line, Lilyvale also plays host to a killer.

When Leslee Stanton “Nixy” Nix gets the latest call from Lilyvale detective Eric Shoar, she knows it means trouble. There’s been another kitchen explosion at her Aunt Sherry’s farmhouse, and the dreamy-voiced detective has had enough. If Nixy doesn’t check on her aunt in person, the Silver Six could become wards of the court. But the trouble Nixy finds in Lilyvale is not at all what she expects.

The seniors are hosting a folk art festival at the farmhouse, featuring Sherry’s hand-woven baskets, when land developer Jill Elsman arrives to bully Nixy’s aunt into selling the property. When Jill is later found dead in the cemetery, Sherry is suspected of weaving a murder plot, and it’s up to Nixy and the Silver Six to untangle the truth.

Recipes and crafting tips included!

Nancy Haddock’s Basket Case has everything I could ask for in a cozy mystery.  There’s humor, outrageously fun characters, great writing, a wonderful plot and of course, murder.

Twenty-nine-year-old Leslee “Nixy” Nix has been summoned by Lilyvale, Arkansas detective Eric Shoar to check on her aunt Sherry Mae and her roommates or risk the seniors becoming wards of the state.  Nixy arrives just in time to witness a confrontation between her aunt and a lady named Jill Elsman who demands that Sherry sell her her land.  It seems that Jill isn’t above lying, bullying, or doing anything illegal to get what she wants.

When Jill’s body is found in the cemetery of Sherry’s farmhouse, Nixy and The Silver Six (the group name Sherry and her roommates call themselves) set out to find who killed her.  It seems Jill was more evil and devious than anyone imagined.  Good thing the Silver Six are on the case, using southern charm and ingenuity to catch a killer.

Basket Case is more than a cozy mystery.  It’s about happiness and discovery.  It’s about love, friendship, and family.  Now, I know that might sound a little strange, but I really think those words sum up this wonderful book.  Be prepared to lose yourself to this mystery and laugh your head off.

Nancy Haddock is a new to me author and this book has definitely made me a fan.  Oh and there’s the possibly of a romance.  Can’t wait for the next book.

**Received a copy from Berkley in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 5

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