Murder in Miniature by Margaret Grace is the first book in the “Miniature” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), February 2008

Now that Geraldine “Gerry” Porter, 58, is retired, she’s got time to devote to her favorite craft.  You’d think the world of shoe-box-sized Victorian shadowboxes and little ceramic bathtubs would be trouble free.  But Gerry’s problems are anything but tiny.  As chairwoman of the local Dollhouse and Miniatures Fair and babysitter for her precocious granddaughter, Madison, 10, Gerry’s got enough to think about with the curious behavior of her friend Linda Reed.  Misfortune seems to follow Linda like a string of melted glue from a low-end glue gun.  So when Linda and her prized miniature Governor Winthrop desk go missing the morning of the fair, a worried and annoyed Gerry gets stuck manning two tables alone. Before the week is out, a young woman and prominent townsperson are murdered, and Linda’s Governor Winthrop turns up in a most bizarre place.  Then someone starts threatening Gerry.  And Linda knows more than she lets on.  Now Gerry must get to the bottom of things, or it’s going to be big trouble.

This was informative and good cozy mystery.  My rating: 3 stars

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