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The Outsmarting of Criminals (Felicity Prim) by Steven Rigolosi
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ransom Note Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780977378791
Date: March 18, 2014 / Show Official Info /

Miss Felicity Prim was mugged. She healed from the broken arm, but she no longer felt safe in New York City, even after she purchased a taser and took self-defense lessons. Being a great reader of mysteries -- particularly cozies -- she's decided to move to the country and become a detective. Not a detective that gets involved in murders or mayhem, but one who helps people with their minor problems.

The Outsmarting of Criminals covers Felicity Prim as she moves into her cottage and seeks to learn the ins and outs of her new environment. Of course, she finds herself immediately embroiled in a crime when she finds a body in her basement.

The time is the present. After all, Miss Prim held down a job in a doctor's office in New York City. She's independent and quite happily single at the moment. She's also a cross between Miss Marple and Dear Abby. This is a character ripe for a series.

The supporting characters are wonderfully quirky, and yet fleshed out and believable. The plot has enough twists and turns and side threads to keep the pages turning. There's even a menacing sense of danger to Miss Prim that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. However, Miss Prim is not, and makes a point of letting us know, going to do all the foolish things that amateur detective do that get themselves in trouble. Even so, there's plenty of trouble intruding on Miss Prim's hearth and home.

For fans of mysteries there plenty of references and asides to other mystery authors and books. The Outsmarting of Criminals was a delight to read. My only disappointment was at the end, when Miss Prim made a decision that I felt was totally wrong for the woman as I came to know her through the pages of the book, but then she's not my character, only one I somehow came to care about.

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