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by Patricia Driscoll

When Grace Tolliver, ex-probation officer, purchases Pearl's, a run down antique lamp stop in Barnstable Village, Cape Cod, she hasn't a clue that she'll soon be investigating the murder of a prominent local citizen who has been clobbered over the head with a heavy bronze lamp. Between learning the craft of constructing and hand painting lampshades, readying the shop for the annual Village Stroll, and trying to keep any eye on the antics of her eighty-four year old father, Grace sets out to solve the murder by shedding light on the victim's complicated past. Her quest is hampered by the attractive detective who doesn't appear to be seriously pursuing fresh leads, but is keeping close tabs on Grace. With a town full of likely suspects, a second murder and a sucession of bitter storms battering Cape Cod, Grace has little time to uncover the shady and unrepentant killer.
Download Shedding Light on Murder: A Grace Tolliver Cape Cod Mystery Series (Five Star Mystery Series) epub
ISBN: 1432825534
ISBN13: 978-1432825539
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Patricia Driscoll
Language: English
Publisher: Five Star (January 18, 2012)
Pages: 276 pages
ePUB size: 1153 kb
FB2 size: 1411 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 447
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Shedding Light on Murder by Patricia Driscoll

Cape Cod, its people, its land and water, its winter snow all take center stage in this well-plotted and well-cast cozy novel.

After a career as a probation officer Grace Tolliver has bought Pearl’s Antique Lamps and Shades in the picturesque village of Barnstable. Christmas is coming fast and Grace and her employees are under the gun to prepare the shop and its merchandise for the town’s holiday celebration. Even with the pressure Grace is happy with the change she has made in her life and happy to put the world of crime and criminals behind her. Or at least she thought she had.

One of her customers is murdered and the evidence points toward Duane Kerbey, the young man Grace hired to run errands. Because Duane has a police record, handsome police detective Andre Cruz believes they’ve found their man. But Grace believes Duane is innocent and sets out to prove it.

Helping Grace in both the shop and in her detective work is Bella Benson, eighty years old, handy with a soldering iron and afraid of no one. Also helping Grace in his own elfin way is Michael Shipworth, another employee.

Adding to Grace’s problems is her aging father, Thomas. He is trying to hold onto his independence even as a series of misadventures shows Grace he has to let go. While at the other end of the age spectrum is Sophie, a cat-loving little girl who tends to wander away from home.

Murder in a small town leaves no one untouched as everyone has ties to everyone else. Grace soon finds herself a target of whispers and sidelong looks as people begin to blame her for hiring Duane and indirectly causing the murder. Before long Grace realizes that the fate of her small shop depends on her Shedding Light on Murder.
Grace is a small-time owner of a shop that fixes lamps. Formerly in the justice system, she has a big heart for ex-offenders and offers a job to Duane. All is well until Duane happens to be the first to find one of the customers dead. Suspicion arises, and nothing looks good for Duane. Grace takes it upon herself to help Duane and prove his innocence.

This novel was okay. More or less, it was a flat line. Nothing in it was very exciting. The characters were one-dimensional, and nothing about the novel hooked me.
just one girl
I absolutely loved this book and hope to read many more by this author. I thought the interaction between Grace and the three employees was good, and all the others interesting. The story flowed well and the concept was well thought out. This book will NOT disappoint!
I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated the way the characters worked together and became friends with the heroine. The story line was a hook that keeps you reading. I had to read this in one day because I could not put it down. I am definitely reading the series and look forward to many more books by this author!
This book is okay-to-fairly good. It had an interesting group of people -- especially those who work in the store, a very interesting career (painting lampshades), and a murder pretty quickly. Not grisly. Also, the setting was interesting because it avoided the obvious: Cape Cod in the summertime. Rather, the weather was quite awful, but helped the plot.

The characters were too woody. They were too nice or too awful or too bumbling. Recommend a little more rounding out.
Grace Tolliver, the former California parole officer turned owner of a Cape Code lamp shop, just wants to get her new business up and running. But when the young man she employs to make deliveries is accused of murdering a customer, Grace doesn't believe he is guilty and begins to poke into the circumstances of the victim's life. Patricia Driscoll has written a fun novel that will resonate with anyone who loves the Cape or enjoys a good mystery. I look forward to a sequel with these engaging characters again.
I enjoyed this book very much, being a former lampshade maker...brought it all back!
Characters colorful, and nicely revealed as the mystery unfolds. Delightful portrait of the Cape.
I look forward to more books from Patricia Driscoll!
Very believable characters with a twisting plot and a few suspects to keep your interest. I enjoyed reading this cozy mystery and will read more from this author.