American Housewife & The Gathering Murders


I read about American Housewife Stories on a blog and put it on my TBR.  This turned out to be a hit and miss collection for me.  I enjoyed the epistolary styled The Wainscoting War.  The warring neighbors theme was handled cleverly and told in a tightly written style with dark humor.  Most of the rest of the entries did not appeal to me.

The Gathering Murders was this month’s read at the Kindle English Mystery Club on Goodreads.  I have to admit it, rather red-facedly, it was my selection.  I struggled starting this as the beginning didn’t grab me at all.  I liked the setting and the idea of  murders at a literary festival,  but the characters, a he-man motorcycling bagpiping cop and the leather wearing, motorcycling “Queen of Crime”  came across as caricatures rather than life-like characters.  The resolution was a little far-fetched for me.