Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin

Posted October 12, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, Debra E. Marvin, giveaway, historical, mystery/suspense, romance / 27 Comments

about the book

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.

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SERIES: Nosy Parkers Mysteries #2
GENRE: Cozy Mystery/Historical Mystery
PUBLISHER: Journey Fiction
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2017
PAGES: 189

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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!

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about the author

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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27 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin

  1. Anne L. Rightler

    Nancy Drew was a favorite of mine. This book sounds like it is right up my alley! Thank you for sharing. Here’s hoping…

  2. Winnie Thomas

    Lovely review, Carrie, and lovely book, Debra! Two of my favorite ladies together in the same place!

    I enjoyed traveling back to Scotland again in your book, Debra. Edinburgh is fascinating! I’m looking forward to more of your books!

    • Debra E. Marvin

      The series will have new ‘sleuths’ my multiple authors, so it should be a lot of fun! I’m plotting my second Heather book now. Thanks for commenting!

    • Debra E. Marvin

      Thank you Diane! I certainly enjoyed writing it and I look forward to getting back into Heather’s world. Best wishes on the giveaway!

  3. Lori Smanski

    oh wow, the kids and I read all of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys books. Our daughter still reads mystery books. This sounds like a fun book

    • Debra E. Marvin

      Lori, this is definitely a clean read as well. I wrote it as a classic mystery or amateur sleuth. A little different than many of the current (and wonderful) cozies and more like a throwback to the mysteries of that era. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Yes, this is such a fun story to read! I enjoyed reading your review Carrie! I can almost picture you ridding your 10-speed bike, solving mysteries. Maybe because when I was younger, my sister and I were outside, riding our bikes around our neighborhood, doing the same thing. 🙂

    • Debra E. Marvin

      My mom had a secret decoder ring from the 30s – I was fascinated by that. I think it came from some radio show they listened to. Wish I knew where it went!

  5. Perrianne Askew

    Imloved Nancy Drew back in the day. This books sounds like it’s just my style. Thank you for the interview & giveaway opportunity.

  6. Shannon

    I love mysteries and anything having to do with Ireland and Great Britain as a whole. Adding this to my TBR list for sure!

  7. Pam K.

    I was a big Nancy Drew fan and passed my books (and love of reading) on to my daughter. It’s always fun to find another cozy mystery series. Thanks for featuring this book and the giveaway.

  8. Michelle Connell

    This series sounds delightful! I love cozy mysteries like this. Will definitely have to check it out!

    Thanks Carrie for sharing with us!

  9. Thanks Carrie, enjoyed reading the review of your book. It is now on my want to read list. Cozies are my favorite genre and I look forward to reading “The Case of the Clobbered Cad.” This is also my first time reading anything from Carrie’s Blog and I look forward to to reading more of them.

  10. I enjoyed reading your review of Debra Marvin’s book.It is really on my want to read list. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity Debra.Please ignore my prior comments because I was switching Carrie and Debra around. Forgive me because I know this is Carrie’s blog but Debra’s book. It is my first time reading anything from Carrie’s blog and look forward to reading more of them. I don’t frequently read blog’s because I generally like to start reading a series without the back story. I’m finding though that dreading them sometimes increases my enjoyment of the series. Enough said. this is the priority comments.

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