Nixy (Leslee Stanton Nix) runs
the Handcraft Emporium along with the Silver Six, a group
of retirees who live in Lilyvale, Arkansas. It is October
and time for the Fall Folk Art Festival which brings in crafters
from far and wide, and many tourists hoping to get some bargains
and holiday shopping done.
Cornell Lewis is working at the hot dog stand, “Gone
to the Dogs” run by Dexter Hamlin. Neither man is on
anyone's nice list. Both are troublemakers with nasty dispositions
and a tendency towards violence. Yet Cornell claims that he
is a changed man. That's he is sober and trying to make amends
for his past. A past which included a lot of grief for many
people who used to live in the apartment complex where he
worked. When Cornell is found dead, two members of the Silver
Six are accused. Matters are made worse when Dexter Hamlin
is also murdered. Yet because of their pasts, there are plenty
of other suspects in the killings, but Nixy has to try to
find the truth before the new detective in town slams the
jailhouse door on Maise and Aster, the two Silver Six ladies
suspected of the crimes.
There are many interesting characters to be found in Lilyvale.
Nixy's pets, T C the cat, and Amber, the dog, are both self-rescued
(meaning they found Nixy when they were homeless) are smart
and funny, and Nixy's cop boyfriend, Eric is a romantic hunk.
The Silver Six are personable and a formidable group to deal
With plenty of small-town charm, lots of love, crafts, food
and a well-plotted mystery, I found myself turning page after
page, going through chapter after chapter and enjoying every
I recommend this to anyone who especially loves a southern
mystery featuring senior citizens, a generational connection,
and beloved companion animals.
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