5 Mysteries for Women Who Read Like Fiends
Plot twists, unexpected killers, charismatic female detectives that make you long to quit your job and start your own agency...these new releases have it all.
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The Outsmarting of Criminals: A Mystery Introducing Miss Felicity Prim
304 pages; Ransom Note Press
Available at:Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound
It's the rare mystery reader who doesn't secretly believe that she'd make a great detective. In Steven Rigolosi's new book, Felicity Prim is mugged in New York City, then decides it's time to move to the country and set up shop as a "criminal outsmarter." She quits her job and decides to put into practice the information she's absorbed via mystery novels by "helping the locals find missing jewelry, solving missing-persons cases and uncovering malfeasance in Town Hall." So she moves to Greenfield, Connecticut, a rural hamlet with plenty of residents who've fled the city. Greenfield is in need of her services, she reasons, since "there is always conflict when...down-at-heel, somewhat underprivileged natives encounter overprivileged yuppies." But when she finds a corpse in the basement of her new home, it's time to solve a murder. As light and sweet as the black and white cookies Miss Prim likes so much, this modern-day parody of the village-set cozy mystery will scratch the same itch as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple books or the Phryne Fisher series—but with a wink.
— Stephanie Klose