India Hayes, a college librarian and reluctant bridesmaid, is thrown into the role of amateur sleuth as she hunts down the person who murdered her childhood friend and framed her brother for the crime.
“The first bud in a new series that fans of Donna Andrews's lighthearted
Meg Langslow mysteries will be eager to see bloom.”-Kirkus Reviews
“Flower’s breezy debut introduces a quirky heroine...Warring cats and
distinctive characters, like India’s ‘everything Irish’ landlady and her
bizarre ’60s activist parents, will appeal to cozy fans.” -Publishers
"Author Amanda Flower juggles it all with style and charm, making this a most welcome debut." - Gillian Roberts, Anthony Award winning author of the Amanda Pepper Mysteries
College librarian India Hayes thought the worst thing about the Stripling Founders’ Festival was her pink gingham pioneer dress until she discovered the body of a free-spirited basket weaver on the festival grounds. The basket weaver leaves behind an angry blacksmith husband, a confused adopted son, greedy siblings, a dysfunctional artists’ co-op, and a labradoodle with a two-million-dollar trust in his name. Despite the wrath of her college’s provost and protests by handsome police detective Rick Mains, India finds herself playing sleuth as well as foster-owner to the two-million-dollar dog. With her own eccentric family commenting from the sidelines and her Irish-centric landlady as volunteer sidekick, India must discover the truth before she has a permanent canine houseguest or ends up the next victim in the basket weaver’s murder.
"...this humorous cozy moves at a steady clip, throwing in a monkey wrench of two to put readers off-track. Agatha Award nominee Flower has the chops to make this series last." -Library Journal
"Fans of Donna Andrews' humorous Meg Langslow mysteries will enjoy India and her quirky extended family." -Booklist
"In Flower's delightful, clean-as-a-whistle second India Hayes mystery, India, the librarian at Ohio's Martin College, intends to retrieve the items she left in her face-painting booth at the founders' festival, but discovers more than she bargained for... The satisfying conclusion will leave cozy fans eager for India's next adventure." - Publishers Weekly
"As its ... predecessor, Maid of Murder, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel, it's clear that Flower has something good going." -The Akron Beacon Journal
"More fun than a raucous game of Clue, Amanda Flower's clever new puzzler, Murder in a Basket, is a well-written, well-plotted joy. India Hayes is my kind of librarian. One of the best new cozy series going." -Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times best-selling author
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