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Murder Passes the Buck (A Gertie Johnson Murder Mystery Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Deb Baker
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Murder Passes the Buck is approximately 60,000 words.

When her neighbor is shot and killed, sixty-six-year-old widow Gertie Johnson seizes the opportunity to move on with her life by investigating his death. Gertie is abetted (and hindered) by her grandson Little Donny, man-hungry best friend Cora Mae, and word-of-the-day challenger, Kitty. It doesn’t help that the death has been ruled an accident by the sheriff of this backwoods community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Or that Sheriff Blaze Johnson happens to be Gertie’s son.

Whether it’s interrogating neighbors, spying, or impersonating the FBI—not to mention staying one step ahead of Blaze—Gertie will do whatever it takes to solve the case, even when the killer takes aim at her.

Praise for the series:
“Laugh-out-loud funny” Crimespree Magazine

“Fans of Janet Evanovich, imagine Grandma Mazur with a shotgun.” Green Bay Press Gazette

“One of the most memorable heroines in recent crime fiction.” Lansing State Journal

(March 2011 new cover design by Patricia Ryan)

Biographie de l'auteur

Deb Baker was born in the Michigan Upper Peninsula (yes, she is a Yooper!), which is the setting for her humorous award-winning Gertie Johnson mystery series. She also is the author of the Dolls to Die for series. Deb is currently at work on the Queen Bee mystery series under her pen name, Hannah Reed. Titles in that series are Buzz Off, Mind Your Own Beeswax, and Plan Bee

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 603 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 276 pages
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002KHMJ6Y
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 une mamie décoiffante 9 juin 2013
Par Lagache
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Une Miss Marple bien plus dans notre siècle. Une mamie aux cheveux orange qui aime mettre son nez où il ne faut pas pour notre plus grand plaisir.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 AARP ALERT! Gertie's on the Case! 5 août 2009
Par Anne Segard - Publié sur
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This is a fun book. I really enjoyed it. Right from the start you know the heroine, Gertie, 60 something, is no run of the mill granny. She has bright orange hair, a dye job gone wrong, and she just can't seem to stay out of trouble. From the minute she suspects that her neighbor, Chester Lampi's death was no accident until the conclusion, she's in it. And we, and her friend Cora Mae, also 60 something in her come hither outfits and an eye for the guys, and self appointed body guard, Kitty, are along for the ride. And this ride includes Gertie teaching herself to drive mid-investigation! She's seen others do it. How hard can it be? Whoops! She soon becomes intimately acquainted with a lot of Upper Michigan ditches. This all horrifies and worries her son Blaze, the local sheriff, who's ruled the death accidental. His mother is causing so much attention with her investigation that she's in danger and he fears for her life and even her sanity! (She named her three children after horses: Heather, Star and Blaze.)
What's especially attractive about this book is the age of the heroines - mid 60s. It's a refreshing change to have a book with mature heroines who can have adventures, get the job done and not even have to stop and take a nap!
And as for the word fun at the start of each chapter, I was very relieved to discover that I knew each one!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Extremely Irritating 27 mars 2013
Par DeeDee Brown - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
For the most part I love cozy mysteries. You can find some true gems in these tales of amateur sleuths and their adventures.
For me, however, 'Murder Passes the Buck' was not one of those gems.

The reader is hard pressed to find a likable character in this book. The author portrays the inhabitants of this small Upper Peninsula area as a bunch of idiotic buffoons. If I was a resident of this area and read this book I would be terribly offended.

The main problem lies with the protagonist herself. This woman is not engaging or endearing in the least. She is constantly doing extremely moronic things without any consideration for who it might affect. Seeing as how Gertie is an older lady, one might speculate that she has early onset Alzheimer's, but towards the end of the book one of her daughters notes that "...she's always been like this." which leads me to believe that Gertie's actions are not due to disease or even maliciousness, but rather to the fact that she is stupid to the point of not being functional.
There is no other explanation for doing things such as spray painting her son's truck, drilling screws into his nice maple floors, reducing her grandson to a catatonic state with a stun gun, and suddenly deciding to take up driving without benefit of any type of instruction or a license. The amount of times she wound up in a ditch and injuring herself or others due to her driving was astonishing.

The people who populate Gertie's world are not much better. She has an old trollop for a best friend, a gluttonous slob for a sidekick, and a poor, beleaguered son who comes across as a complete jerk. If I had to deal with Gertie as a mother, however, I would be in a rage all the time as well. I'm pretty sure that Gertie could actually benefit from having a legal guardian to prevent her from harming herself and others.

The bottom line is that there was no detective work, professional or amateur, in this story. Gertie did not solve this case. She flailed around and stuck her nose into everybody's business and managed to just stumble onto the actual killer purely by accident.

I understand that this book is probably meant to be quirky and funny. I didn't find it to be either and wouldn't choose to read any more of this series.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Evanovich Fans Will Love This Book! 13 mai 2010
Par Sue Ann Jaffarian - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Picture Grandma Mazur of the Stephanie Plum series sporting hunting orange, living in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, and trying to operate her own PI business, and you have the laugh-a-minute fun of Murder Passes the Buck. The mystery itself takes a backseat to the wacky characters, but if you love slapstick fun, you won't mind. I found myself laughing out loud every few pages.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Keeping Up With Gertie 30 septembre 2010
Par Karen J. Dahood - Publié sur
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Gertie has been on my radar since I began searching out other elder-sleuths. (FULL DISCLOSURE: I'm writing mysteries with an elder-sleuth, too.) There aren't many in our niche, but I was attracted to Deb Baker's Gertie series especially because I lived in the UP for seven years when I was a child, 1946-52. It is reassuring to know there are still lots of trees standing tall, and that snow up there is high quality. Gertie, too, is high-quality, if a little more colorful that the people I recall. However, she is believable because there were people just as eccentric when I lived there. I am not so sure they were as well-connected as Gertie, which was the tough part for me to overcome: would a real sheriff's mom dare to do the things she does? Maybe in a small town. Or maybe because the UP is still a little wild it's to be expected. I will read some more Gertie adventures just for fun (especially in the summer when it is over 100 degrees here in Arizona). I wish I could take a toboggan ride with her -- and we could share a sauna and talk about how we got our wrinkles.
Karen Dahood
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Buck Snort 20 octobre 2012
Par K Johnson - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
If it's true that good friends make each other laugh, but great friends go for the snort, then Gertie Johnson is my newest great friend. Murder Passes The Buck was hilarious. The moment I finished it, I bought the rest of the series so far (six titles in all) and stowed them away like an autumn squirrel with very tasty acorns. Deb Baker had me laughing out loud with the first paragraph. Most impressively her writing was consistent to the end of the story. Gertie tells the story in first person, and her decisions, conclusions, and rationales are stunningly understandable and startlingly unconscionable. The surrounding cast of characters are drawn swiftly and yet in beautiful detail. The story moves well, is suspenseful right up to the end, gives great satisfaction in the resolution of several subplots, and is genuinely delightful. You are going to love this book!
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