A Nose for Hanky Panky
By Sharon Love Cook
Nose for Hanky Panky” is author Sharon Love Cook’s debut
novel and is set in a Granite Cove, a suburb north of Boston. The
story centers on the murder of a well-respected psychologist, Dr.
Vivian Klinger, therapist for many, but friend to few. The police
investigation leaves a lot to be desired; especially in the mind
of local newspaper reporter Rose McNichols.
in the wind for Granite Cove as historical buildings are replaced
by homes for well heeled newcomers. There is even a high probability
that open spaces near the ocean will be swallowed up by ritzy condos.
As a hometown girl, as well as a reporter, Rose is in the perfect
situation to interact with a wide variety of people about town.
Rose knows people from all walks of life and is confident and capable
of asking just the right probing questions to get answers that law
enforcement cannot. As she works to put the clues together to solve
the mysterious murder, Rose finds herself in danger. Never one to
shy away from a story Rose digs deeper and deeper. Will she ultimately
pay the price for sticking her nose into the investigation? Or will
her sharp mind and yes, nosiness, reveal the sources of hanky panky
going on in Granite Cove?
Sharon Cook has a delightful way of introducing her characters so
that they charm their way right into the reader’s heart. Good
guys and bad guys (or good gals and bad girls) are written with
such descriptive detail that they spring to life in one’s
imagination. This is a cozy small town mystery that makes a reader
feel at home within its pages. There are even an assortment of dogs
with unique personalities and issues. From a pure bred pampered
pooch with an aversion to Cowboy Hats, to an auto yard pit bull
with an uncertain fate the dogs leave their mark on the story. Not
to be forgotten is Rose’s own Lab, Chester, her lovable, aging
housemate. The local color is well represented and one can picture
the seagulls, smell the seafood restaurant and hear the ocean waves
crashing to pulled me into the tapestry of Granite Cove.
There’s more than a sprinkle of humor throughout, often in
unexpected scenes. More than once I found myself laughing loudly
enough to attract attention as I read. A special bonus is included
here and there at the end of chapters: Rose also writes a housekeeping
hints column for the Granite Cove Gazette, and the letters from
readers are answered by Rose’s alter-ego, “Auntie Pearl”,
who writes with a wry sense of humor while never directly answering
the reader’s tough questions; questions which seldom seem
to address housekeeping issues, forcing “Pearl” to deflect
the non-conforming questions with common sense household tips.
With engaging characters, ranging from a former high school athlete
facing raging addiction problems as an adult, to Rose’s ornery
senior citizen father, her newspaper cohorts, best friend Betty
Ann, and many more locals, “A Nose for Hanky Panky”
is sure to spark the interest of just about any avid mystery reader.
This is most definitely a five star novel in my book!
Sharon Love Cook is a multitalented woman. She not only wrote this
fabulous novel, she also designed, illustrated and painted the cover!
Kudos to Ms. Cook for a story well told!
Mainly Murder Press
0982589980 / 978-0982589984