Mix-up in Miniature: A Miniature Mystery
by Margaret Grace
Cover Artist: Photo by Richard Rufer
Review by Sherry Lilley
Perseverance Press Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781564745101
Date: 02 April 2012 List Price $15.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Geraldine Porter is a little unhappy to have been tasked with asking bestselling romance writer Varena Young if she will donate one of her dollhouses to the local library fundraiser. But Gerry is thrilled to meet Ms. Young and to see the famous "Lord and Lady Morley Manor" guesthouse. But Ms. Young is called away while showing Gerry Lord and Lady Morley Manor, and after waiting for a bit, Gerry decides to leave and come back another time. After all, Ms. Young did promise Gerry a mid-size Tudor dollhouse for the auction. Picking up that dollhouse would be the perfect excuse to come back and perhaps get a tour of more of Ms. Young's dollhouses. But Gerry doesn't get a chance to do that because Ms. Young is murdered shortly after Gerry leaves. According to the police, Gerry was the last one to see Ms. Young alive. Gerry does not like being on the suspect list.
When Ms. Young's daughter, Alicia, asks Gerry to find her mother's killer, Gerry agrees. After all, Gerry knows she didn't kill Varena, but the police don't seem to be so sure. Of course, her nephew, Skip, the detective, knows Gerry did not do it, but the other officer investigating the murder is not convinced. Gerry could use some help doing computer research, but when she tries to enlist her granddaughter's help, Maddie is not particularly interested. In fact, something is definitely wrong with Maddie. That, too, is a puzzle that needs to be solved.
Maddie, does, however, find a secret room in the dollhouse that mysteriously shows up on Gerry's front porch the day Varena is murdered. But no else saw the secret room, and no one can make the secret room reappear. Maddie said it had an envelope in it, and Gerry is contemplating a bit of destruction to recover that envelope if she can't get the secret room to reveal itself.
There are three mysteries to solve in the this book: (1) Who killed Varena Young?, (2) What's wrong with Maddie? and (3) Where did the modern dollhouse come from and how does the secret room in the dollhouse work? All of the mysteries are solved, and most satisfactorily, too. This is an enjoyable book, with lots of miniature craft tidbits thrown in along the way.
From: Melissa Boling:
I wish there weren't so many details given out in this review. I'm thankful I've already read the book! This is one of my favorites in the series!