I enjoy doing book reviews. How else will I ever be able to read new and adventurous books that I may never have heard of before? Usually I review children’s and young adult books, but this time I’ve had the utter delight of reviewing an adult mystery by Nancy Means Wright who I first reviewed for her The Book CoverMiddle Grade Mystery The Great Circus Train RobberyI still use the book as a model for how to write my own middle grade novels. 

Sleuths never give up no matter how hard the difficult the mystery is to solve or how tangled the evidence gets. This is a great model or lesson for writers and artists because the going gets really hard at times. Life bites away at creative time, the main character just won’t behave, you put a final stroke on a painting and it’s wrecked. But we slog on as the creativity is in our life’s blood and we must solve the next step no matter what.

In Broken Strings Wright’s protagonist Fay Hubbard faces all the challenges of life and creativity and more, and still persists until she solves the crime. See my review: brokenstrings

Nancy Means Wright writes another page turner, a winner indeed. Just as the reader thinks she knows “whodunnit” another clue, distraction, or more grimly, another body pops up leaving sleuth Fay Hubbard all the more puzzled and determined to find her friend Marion’s killer.


Fay Hubbard is also a character in Wright’s Ruth Willmarth mystery series. In this book, Ruth is away on an extended honeymoon, so Fay not only takes on Ruth’s goats, but also her three foster children. As if that isn’t handful enough, Fay is also a puppeteer for Valentini Marionettes owned by her friend Marion Valentini who collapses at the end of a show, poisoned. Fay takes over the running of the show and, although a suspect herself, sets out to find Marion’s killer. She begins to find that all the circumstances and relationships around her are increasingly complex, a maze she has to ramble through as fast as she can in order to solve the murders.


Owing to Wright’s compelling prose and excellent plotting, the reader instantly becomes a part of Fay’s sleuthing and serious duties, sprinkled with great dollops of humor. This book, set in Vermont is as good as, if not better, than an English cozy.

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