by: Nancy Haddock
Series: Silver Six Crafting Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Source: Publisher ~ Berkley Prime Crime
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The Silver Six are known for their arts and crafts—but they’re about to be tested in the art of catching a crafty killer.
It’s early October, time for the Fall Folk Art Festival and Bake Sale in Lilyvale, Arkansas. Every business along the town square will benefit from the event, including the craft store run by Leslee Stanton Nix—aka Nixy—and the Silver Six, a group of retirees. In charge of making the festival go smoothly, Nixy is confident that it will be a success.
But things become knotty when local troublemaker Cornell Lewis is found dead with a plate of Snickerdoodles from the bake sale. Two members of the Silver Six are accused of cooking up a murder plot, but Nixy knows that the cookies weren’t literally to die for. With time running out, Nixy and company must catch the actual killer...before the Silver Six find their number permanently reduced to four.
I’m a huge fan of Nancy Haddock’s Silver Six Crafting Mystery series. “The Silver Six are always entertaining.” A Crime of Poison details how the group of over 65-year-olds came together and shows just how dedicated and protective they are of each other.
Before the Silver Six all moved in to Sherry’s farmhouse, they all had their own homes or apartments. Maise, Aster, and Eleanor all lived in the same cheap, rundown apartment complex managed by Cornell Lewis. Cornell was a lot of things however, caring and nice would never describe him. He’s now returned to Lilyvale to work at the Fall Folk Art Festival and to also apologize and make amends for his past horrible behavior. Not only did Cornell wrong Maise and Aster, he mistreated a majority of the residents at Ozark Arms.
Cornell says he’s a changed man and after Nixy sees him being nice to a little boy and then witnessing him being nice to her pets, she believes him. Later, Nixy is shocked when Cornell is assaulted and no one bothers to step in and help him. Her shock later turns to dread when she discovers Cornell’s dead body in his car and a plate of snickerdoodle cookies made by Maise and Aster nearby. When Cornell’s death is ruled a homicide by anaphylactic shock, Maise and Aster become the prime suspects. Nixy and the Silver Six know that Maise and Aster would never kill anyone, “Which means the Silver Six just may have another case to solve.”
Once Nixy starts to investigate the life of Cornell, she’s disgusted by all the things he has done in the past. She finds a whole list of people wronged and no one caring about his death. The suspect list is a mile long and she’s running out of time. The Silver Six zero in on a surprising person and concoct a scheme to bring them down. “I do believe you’d best give in Nixy.” Young and old go head to head in a battle of wits. Nixy and “Fix It” Fred are put in a life threatening situation.
I love this series because the characters are simply amazing. The Silver Six may be senior citizens, but they are fun and full of life. They definitely keep Nixy on her toes. And speaking of Nixy...I love the blossoming romance between her and Detective Eric Shoar. A Crime of Poison is definitely a standalone read. It’s the third book in the series and potentially the final book. I hope that it isn’t. But if it is, Nancy ended the series perfectly.
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