Saturday, July 6, 2013

Death of a Coupon Clipper-Lee Hollis

Death of a Coupon Clipper

Lee Hollis

Kensington, Jul 2 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780758267399

In Bar Harbor Maine, Island Times food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell needs money to pay her bills after a collapsed roof, a crushed car and a busted furnace. She thinks she has the answer when Hayley learns that the Wild and Crazy Couponing TV reality show will host an event at the Bar Harbor Shop ‘N Save.

Hayley and shrewish nurse Candace Culpepper are selected as the contestants. Show host Drew Nickerson displays his prejudice when he interviews Hayley harshly and Candace gently. Hayley finds the murdered body of Candace. Police Officer Donnie looks at Hayley’s BFF lobsterwoman Mona Barnes as the killer; as witnesses at a bar told him she said would like to kill the victim. Not trusting the inexperienced cop to dig deeper, Hayley investigates her rival’s homicide.

The latest Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mystery (see Death of a Countryfried Redneck and Death of a Kitchen Diva) is an engaging amateur sleuth. The breezy (in spite of the cold weather) storyline is fun to follow though the whodunit commences a quarter of the way into the novel as the protagonist’s financial crisis and the TV show take center stage early on. Fans will enjoy this lighthearted frolic.

Harriet Klausner

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