The body of the police chief's teenage son is found during Cobb's Landing's annual Halloween pumpkin float--and full-time mayor Peggy Turner must turn part-time sleuth to catch the culprit....
|Title||:||Death of a Trickster|
|Number of Pages||:||208 Pages|
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Death of a Trickster Reviews
Death of a trickster takes place in a New England village called Cobb's Landing where the mayor is a witty woman named Peggy. It's a small town, dressed up to resemble a colonial village, at the peak of Indian summer excitedly awaiting Halloween. This is the second book in the series and they are so addictive that I hope Mrs. Borden will keep writing as long as her imagination keeps spinning. I absolutely adored the whole feel of autumn, the chilly morning, falling red leaves, wool sweaters, Peggy and Lavinia her best friend drinking caramel apple cider, her cat Pie, the pumpkins being carves, the cakes and cookies they baked and the crisp sultry breeze sweeping summer away and setting the village up for mid fall. This book made me feel very cozy and trickled dreams of pumpkins and baked goodies, warm cocoa and reading wrapped in a warm blanket. I was sad when it was actually over and the mystery revealed as it's a short book spanning two hundred pages and can be read in a day or two but I savored it and can't wait to read the third one that is all ready out, it deals with the next holiday, Thanksgiving.The mystery begins when Nicky, Peggy's son along with Lavinia's son Charlie get in trouble at school for throwing spit balls at each other. They miss the filed trip to the Alsop woods but learn that a body has been found. As it turns out it was the school skeleton used in science classes dressed up as count Dracula. On a few more occasions pranks are following Peggy and she needs to sort out what is happening and who would do such a thing. Cobb's Landing is populated by some warm and some whacky characters. There's Papa Luigi, the owner of the woods and his son Lew, his wife Gina and their daughter Maria. The new police chief, grumpy Henry, his cold wife Carol, their bully son Roger, fellow villagers and shop and diner owners, Max an interesting character who materializes out of nowhere and no one knows what he is up to, Ian and Missy, who seem to get on Peggy's nerves as she gets close to Ian whom Peggy likes and Rob, her childhood crush who is the new police office. When a body is found at the end of the pumpkin float, no one can understand why this person is dead and why would kill them. It's up to Peggy to use her knowledge of a place she grew up in, her Mayor powers and her excellent snooping abilities.I have really enjoyed this delicious mystery but I wish the part where the killer was revealed was longer. The ending had lots of more plots twisted together but they were all explained and man o man, was I surprised! The author does a great job describing the nature, the air, the sun, the whole small town scenery and makes me miss the characters. Lately I have found myself enjoying all the new mystery books coming out from various writers as there are books about food, coffee, tea, spas and even a cute village such as Cobb's Landing. I can't wait to follow up Borden's character in her next cozy mystery.- Kasia S.
The 2nd book in the series.The series centers around Peggy - the mayor of a small New England town called Cobb's Landing. They are doing the Williamsberg Virginia thing where they dress up to attract tourists here to make some money in a town with little industry. (Brilliant really.)As the title implies - the town is beset by a Halloween prankster(s). When the kids at the local school go on a field trip to the local woods a body is found - only to have it turn out to be the science rooms skeleton. This goes on for a bit - just long enough to make our mayor a little crazy - and then a real murder happens and Peggy uses her snooping/sleuthing skills to the test once again to see if she can figure out who dun it. My favorite part of these books is the descriptions of the area they live it. It's like reading a Norman Rockwell painging. Kate Borden does a wonderful job describing the town and the turn of seasons.
Sad that there are only three books in this series, even it is a little bit lightweight.
Death of a Trickster by Kate Borden is the second book of the Peggy Jean Turner series set in contemporary New England. Peggy is the mayor of Cobb's Landing, an historic small town recently revived economically by Max, an entrepreneur who owns the bank and hotel. Peggy is a single mom raising 11-year-old Nicky and running Tom's Tools, the hardware store her late husband founded. Peggy's lifelong best friend Lavinia "Lovey" lives next door. Each woman still lives in the house where she grew up. Lovey is married with one son, who is Nicky's best friend. Lifelong friendship and long-term relationships among town residents is a strong support system for coping with crises.It's late October when a new police chief comes to town. He's an arrogant control freak, not willing to follow the mayor's directives. His son is even worse, a nasty troublemaker who stages false corpses around town and lurks in the woods scaring passersby. After the town's Halloween celebration, the nuisance pranks are replaced by a murder and kidnapping. Since as Peggy says, the police chief "is more interested in pressing his uniform than police business", she has to find the killer and rescue the missing person. Into the mix throw an imposter who nearly succeeds, and 'first crush' for the boys.The series is enjoyable light entertainment; I recommend starting with the first book, Death of a Tart, to learn all the background on the main characters. The lifelong friendship between Peggy and Lovey is heart-warming; the scenic New England setting makes you want to visit Cobb's Landing. I definitely plan to read the 3rd book in the series, Death of a Turkey.
As so many cozy prime crime mysteries, the setting is a small town. The main character is a female mayor and owner of a hardware store. A son and best friend all of their lives. A cocky sheriff and a teenage son always in trouble. Male friends and a mystery older gentleman keeps it hopping. Bones from the science lab wearing a cape keeps popping up. Actual bones in a scary forest, an annual halloween pumpkin race down the river involving some tricks that are no treat as the mayor goes to work putting the clues together.
It's not much of a mystery, more a domestic kind of story with not much going on. I got bored.
It was a quick, easy read that provided the Halloween atmosphere I craved. Still, a predictable plot for a cozy mystery. It felt rushed and undeveloped.
Excellent book, especially to read around the Halloween season. I would like to find others by this author.
Peggy Jean Turner #2
cute, easy read. love the fall theme