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‘Of Course It’s Murder’ by Kate Sweeney

‘Of Course It’s Murder’ by Kate Sweeney

Author: Victoria Brownworth

June 3, 2010

Who doesn’t like a cozy? Kate Sweeney has taken the genre to her literary bosom. The latest in her Kate Ryan series Of Course It’s Murder is the coziest of cozies. Kate has gone off to New England (is there a better place to set a cozy?) after a discomfiting “why-don’t-we-move-in-together?” wrangle with her lover, Dr. Maggie Winfield.

Kate Ryan is always trying to get away for a few days—only to find a dead body or two as she’s trying to relax. (Last time it was in “The Trouble with Murder.”) Her latest trip is no exception. She’s in New England on a photo assignment, but as is so often the case, trouble finds her, this time in the guise of a cozy (naturally) inn run by Simon Merriweather. Add in three elderly women who are straight out of Shakespeare, Agatha Christie or 1930s central casting. That murder ensues is both shocking and utterly predictable and yet it’s murder most delightful and somewhat campy as Kate becomes first a suspect, then a detective and a constant thorn in the side of the local sheriff, Adam Sinclair.

A romantic mystery—because Dr. Maggie is never far away—romp true to the parlor genre, Of Course It’s Murder is a satisfying little page turner.
By Kate Sweeney
ISBN: 9781935216117
Paperback, $16.95, 220 p.

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About: Victoria Brownworth

Victoria A. Brownworth is an award-winning journalist, editor and writer and the author and editor of nearly 30 books. She has won the NLGJA and the Society of Professional Journalists awards, the Lambda Literary Award and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She won the 2013 SPJ Award for Enterprise Reporting in May 2014. She is a regular contributor to The Advocate and SheWired, a blogger for Huffington Post and A Room of Her Own, a columnist and contributing editor for Curve magazine and Lambda Literary Review and a columnist for San Francisco Bay Area Reporter. Her reporting and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, Village Voice, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, Ms Magazine and Slate. Her book, 'From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth' won the 2012 Moonbeam Award for cultural & historical fiction. Her new novel, 'Ordinary Mayhem,' won the IPPY Award for fiction on May 1, 2015. Her book 'Erasure: Silencing Lesbians' and her next novel, 'Sleep So Deep,' will both be published in 2016. @VABVOX

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