Monday, October 1, 2012

Beach Read: "Death of a Second Wife" by Maria Hudgins

The Dotsy Lamb Mystery Books combine my two favorite things: travel and cozy mysteries.  This time author Maria Hudgins took me on a vacation to the Swiss Alps!  And it was great fun!    

Book Title: Death of a Second Wife (Dotsy Lamb
     Mystery Book #4)
Author:  Maria Hudgins
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Setting:  Switzerland, in a remote chalet in the shadow of the Matterhorn
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  268 
Publication date:  July, 2012
Publisher:  Gale CENGAGE Learning
Opening Line:  “Are you serious?”    
Favorite Passage:  “Thee are more ways to kill yourself in the Alps than just skiing.  Believe me,” Juergen, standing in the doorway, tilted his head to one side and grinned.
     “Don’t I know it!”  Lettie’s eyes widened.  “Everywhere you look they have Red Cross stations.  On every corner.  All over the country.  I’ve never seen so many Red Cross stations.  Everybody here must need a rescue every day!”
     “Red Cross?”  Juergen asked, his brows lowered.
     “Are you sure they were red crosses, Lettie?  Or were they white crosses on a red background?” I asked, already anticipating the answer.
     “Well, I . . . now that you mention it, they were white.  With red backgrounds.”
     “That’s the Swiss flag, Lettie.” 
Beach Read Rating: 5 out of 5 Beach Umbrellas

Review:  There are many people in this world who plop down thousands of dollars to vacation in exotic locales, be it a Caribbean beach or an English castle or a cruise down the Nile River.  Then there are those of us who part with a mere $25 to take exotic vacations…if only vicariously.  That is why I love to read. And there's nothing better on a hot summer day than to stretch out on the beach and take a trip to the Swiss Alps in the spring.
     It’s early spring, so there is still snow falling yet it’s warm enough to hang glide over the alps (not something I would ever do myself, but I very much enjoyed the adventure from the safety of my beach chair!)  Author Maria Hudgins paints a beautiful backdrop for the murder of amateur sleuth Dotsy Lamb’s ex-husband’s new wife.  (Please, don’t throw the spoiler-alert flag on me, as any smart arm-chair detective would have deduced that from the title!)  My only complaint is that I wish there were more Lettie-isms.  She is such the proverbial “absent-minded” side-kick.  And Dotsy, endearing as always, is a mother bear protecting her loved ones from being accused of the murder by finding the real killer. Oh, there’s a little self-preservation in there too.  All in all, this was a wonderful “cozy” read.   

Flap Copy:  When her son says he and his fiancée ant to marry “in the shadow of the Matterhorn,” Dotsy Lamb doesn’t realize it means she’ll be staying in the same remote Swiss chalet as her ex-husband and his new wife.  But rather than spoil the young one’s plans, Dotsy puts on a brave face and heads to Switzerland, determined to make the best of it.
          Then the new wife turns up dead, and Dotsy is suspect number one.  To make matters even worse, the police confiscate the passports of the house guests, so the members of the wedding party are now stuck living together.
          With familial conflicts making life complicated inside the house, a glider from a nearby airstrip keeps flying overhead, while a shadowy Russian and a man in red shoes keep popping up.  Fortunately, Dotsy’s friend Marco, a high-ranking Carabinieri official from Italy, arrives to help Dotsy find the real killer and free herself from her not-so-cozy mountain retreat. 


Martha Reynolds said...

Well, this is great! If it takes place in Switzerland, it must be good! (My debut novel does as well). Beach days may be no longer here in RI, but I'm looking forward to reading it!

Jayne Ormerod... said...

Lordy, Martha, you were up awfully early this morning! Are the leaves changiing in RI yet? I sure miss Newport!

You forgot to mention thename of your debut mystery, Chocolate for Breakfast. It looks yummy!

Thanks for stopping by!