Friday, June 23, 2017

Dead Air and Double Dares by Janis Thornton - #review #giveaway

Crystal Cropper, editor of the Elmwood Gazette, has added incentive in finding out who killed Horace Q. Ogilvie, owner of the local radio station and the most reviled man in town. Horace turns up dead minutes before he is supposed to broadcast his next malicious editorial, designed to destroy yet another Elmwood luminary. Fortunately for the police department, Horace’s list of future targets provides an abundant pool of suspects. Unfortunately for Crystal, her name is at the top!

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Most people know I love my cozy mysteries.  For some reason, the older the heroine gets, the more I like them!  (Couldn't possibly have anything to do with my own advancing years. :p)  Crystal Cropper also reminds me of my husband's Mamaw (who was like a grandmother to me as well).  Neither of the ladies took crap from anybody.

I am still trying to figure out Horace Q. Ogilvie.  What a toxic man!  I'm surprised he didn't die of the poison that he spouted at everyone and everything.  And what in the name of all that is cozy could make his greatest pleasure come from tearing down and ruining the lives of others?  Did it make him feel more important?  I don't know, but the man had issues.  But then, he really didn't have any time to redeem himself, as he was found dead the morning after the book started.

Horace must have taped his commentaries because he was found murdered (the plastic bag tied around his head kind of sealed that deal) minutes after his broadcast mentioning the events of the previous day.  (Did he not like the focus of the Memorial Day festivities being taken away from him and put on the powered parachute that crash-landed in the town square?)

I appreciated the play on the Sara Lee slogan when Crystal thought, "Nobody doesn't dislike Horace Ogilvie".  People who like to play with words and do a good job with it impress me; Janis Thornton is definitely on that list.

As unpleasant as  he was, Horace Ogilvie had few, if any, fans in town, so police might have been spoiled for choice when it came to suspects.  Except, ole' Horace had left a 'hit list' of sorts - people he was planning on exposing and demolishing on air.  And, of course, Crystal's name was on the list; at the top, no less.

Watching Crystal both clear her name and uncover the real killer is an exciting and entertaining adventure.  A super pick-me-up!


Janis Thornton is a freelance writer, personal historian, and award-winning journalist. She is the author of two local history books, Images of America: Tipton County and Images of America: Frankfort. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Indiana Writers Center, Association of Personal Historians, and the Midwest Writers Workshop Planning Committee. She lives in a small Indiana town not unlike Elmwood. Dust Bunnies and Dead Bodies is her debut cozy mystery.




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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)

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