Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until…
Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again.
As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.
SERIES: Nosy Parkers Mysteries #2
GENRE: Cozy Mystery/Historical Mystery
PUBLISHER: Journey Fiction
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2017
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“It didn’t make any sense. Nothing made any sense.“
I was such a Nancy Drew geek as a young girl. I read all the books, even the ones where she teamed up with the Hardy Boys! See this discussion to watch me wax on about my faves 😉 I could even frequently be found riding my ten speed through the neighborhood, stopping to write down license plate numbers and solving non-existent crimes on the block. This could also explain why I got lost all the time…but that’s for another post.
This Nosy Parkers mystery series puts me right back in Nancy Drew mode! I love it!
Not only do I get my Nancy Drew fix, but we also get to go to SCOTLAND!!! Men in kilts. Feisty landladies. Red phone booths. Wellies. Afternoon tea. History around every corner. Scotland Yard. I’m giddy! Gobsmacked, even. And the mystery is so well-written, full of twists and turns and delicious little tidbits filtered in at the perfect moment. Heather and her marvelous landlady, Mrs. K, are a dynamic duo to be sure, and Heather’s two suitors (the clobbered cad, notwithstanding) are dashing and swoonworthy. The job Heather takes introduces us to two more characters, both fabulously quirky, and I wouldn’t mind spending more time with them in future reads.
Bottom Line: The Case of the Clobbered Cad is just the right amount of campy with a dash of romance, a bit of Scottish brogue, and a delightful landlady who really needs her own series 🙂 There’s also a case – specifically about a clobbered cad, as the title would suggest – packed with intrigue and plenty of suspects. If you wished there was a Nancy Drew investigative society to join when you were younger (or was that just me…), you will fall in love with the Nosy Parkers and especially Heather Munro! Can’t wait for more from this author and this series!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / Delightful in every way!
Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, and contracted with Journey Fiction, and a judge for the Grace Awards for many years. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.
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