Sunday, March 18, 2012

Earl Staggs Reviews: "A VILLAGE SHATTERED" by Jean Henry Mead

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By Jean Henry Mead

Reviewed by Earl Staggs

This novel has everything amateur sleuth mystery readers want.  First of all, there’s no dilly-dallying around waiting for a crime to happen.  A murder victim is discovered on the first page.  When Dana and Sarah, two fifty-nine-year-old widows, arrive at their friend’s house for a meeting of the Sew and So club in the Valley Retirement Village, the friend is dead. Real mystery readers also want protagonists they’d like to tag along with in the search for the killer.  Dana and Sarah are like old friends of yours from the first chapter and you’ll feel you’re right there with them as they discover more Village victims, follow clues, and bicker as only bonded pals can do.  You’ll enjoy following the killer’s trail hip to hip with them through each surprising twist and turn of this well-developed and smoothly written story.

Jean Henry Mead is one of those accomplished writers who can blend it all together – mystery, suspense, a compelling plot, real people, real situations, natural humor – in a story that will keep you guessing at the edge of your seat until the last page. . .and then leave you hoping there will be more books with Dana and Sarah.

Earl Staggs © 2012

Derringer Award winning author Earl Staggs has seen many of his short stories published in magazines and anthologies. His novel MEMORY OF A MURDER earned a long list of Five Star reviews.He served as Managing Editor of Futures Mystery Magazine and as President of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. His column “Write Tight” appears in the online magazine Apollo’s Lyre. He is also a contributing blog member of Murderous Musings and Make Mine Mystery and is a frequent speaker at conferences and writers groups.  Email:  Website:


Jean Henry Mead said...

Thank you, Earl and Kevin, for the lovely review. BTW, Earl's collection of short stories is a great read. I enjoyed them very much!

Morgan Mandel said...

Now, I'm feeling really old, since the senior sleuths in this book are younger than I am!

Great review. I went over to grab this one and also shared on Facebook!

Morgan Mandel

Kevin R. Tipple said...

I thank Earl for contributing another review to the blog and allowing me to run it.

I have now picked up the book as well for the laptop here as I have the kindle for PC deal. Have no idea when I will get to it with everything here, but looking forward to it.

Jenny Milchman said...

I always love reading an Earl Staggs review--and though long converted to Jean Henry Mead's work, I appreciated reading Earl's take!