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Curtains for Miss Plym By Kathleen Delaney: Review/Giveaway


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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Curtains for Miss Plym, along with a link to purchase it from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to support KRL, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

St. Mark’s was hosting their annual spring rummage sale, which for the first time was being combined with a cat and dog adoption event. Not only that, but a portion of the proceeds would benefit the local no-kill pet shelter. Not on the list of expected donations was the body of Miss Emilie Plym, the eldest remaining Plym of one of Santa Luisa’s most prominent families. Poor Miss Emilie was beloved and renowned for her dotty wanderings, all the while carrying a toy stuffed dog in her black handbag. So it’s shocking when it’s discovered that Miss Emilie was strangled to death, and that her bank accounts had been gradually drained during the last months of her life.

bookMary McGill prides herself on her exemplar organizational skills, so she takes upon herself the duty of discovering whether someone was exploiting the defenseless poor Miss Plym. There seems to have been many candidates circling the confused woman, although her live-in staff, the Duxworths, did what they could to monitor her walkabouts. As beneficiaries of her estate, Miss Plym’s niece and nephew have a decided interest in her valuables, and Richard Plym’s obnoxiousness certainly doesn’t garner him any allies. Gossipy Gloria Sutherland, Miss Plym’s home health care, isn’t shy about sharing her opinions or in staking a claim on the estate, further spreading the circle of suspects in this small California town. Accompanied by her every-present companion cocker spaniel Millie, Mary dedicates herself to investigating, assisting with the next pet adoption event, and trying to ignore the donated Komodo dragon.

This second in the Mary McGill Mystery series embodies the spirit of an English village cozy mystery while placing it firmly on American soil. Mary is a woman of a certain age, with an enviable level of intelligence and confidence. Her nephew-in-law may be the town’s chief of police, but Mary never abuses this connection and prides herself in following the law, ignoring gossip, and maintaining a strict regimen of planned order. She has a soft heart and compassionate soul, though, and along with very strong writing this second in the series is sure to satisfy fans of pet-loving, small town mysteries.

To enter to win a copy of Curtains for Miss Plym, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “miss,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 30, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section.

You can use this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & the indie bookstore.


Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Celia Fowler April 23, 2016 at 8:41am

I would love to win a copy of this book. Enjoyed the review!


2 MaryAnn Forbes April 23, 2016 at 9:42am

Curtains for Miss Plym sounds like an intriguing read. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.


3 Marlene Ezell April 23, 2016 at 9:54am

This book sounds like my kind of book. Anytime that dogs are involved, if only in a small way, I am drawn to a book. I am definitely putting it on my TBR list.


4 Lynette Hampton April 23, 2016 at 10:00am

I’ve read some of Kathleen Delany’s books and enjoyed them very much. This sounds like one I’d enjoy and would love to win it.


5 Senta Jenkins April 23, 2016 at 10:25am

Sounds like a great read. Would love to win a copy!


6 Dianne Casey April 23, 2016 at 10:44am

I love the cover of this book! Would love to read. Like that an animal adoption event is part of the rummage sale, interesting storyline.
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7 Merry Chapman
Twitter: @Merry C
April 23, 2016 at 10:46am

Great Review! Would love to win a copy. Had to put the book on my wish list!


8 Kathleen Costa April 23, 2016 at 1:48pm

The second book? How could I miss book 1. I am very intrigued by this book; I love settings that are reminiscent of English villages with ‘women of a certain age.’
Thanks, Cynthia and KRL!


9 Barbara April 23, 2016 at 3:16pm

This looks like a good story. I would like to read it.


10 Jill Broussard April 23, 2016 at 6:53pm

I’m sure this is a book I’d enjoy reading. Sounds great! Thankyou for the opportunity!


11 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
April 24, 2016 at 1:54am

Great sounding plot…thanks for the review. Please enter me and thank you. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


12 Valerie Hoynacki April 24, 2016 at 8:49am

Another mysterious death – let me at it!!!!


13 Della Williamson
Twitter: @DellaWilliamso6
April 24, 2016 at 9:19am

A newbie!! Thank you for the heads up. And thank you for a chance at an interesting read. Am so hoping. But if not. It’s on my TBR. Thanks.


14 Wendy Clark April 24, 2016 at 11:06am

Please enter me. This is new to me series I would love to try.


15 Annette Naish April 24, 2016 at 11:29am

I was blessed to be able to read this book, and enjoyed it very much. Whoever wins will be a very happy cozy reader.


16 Peggy April 24, 2016 at 1:14pm

Curtains for Miss Plym sounds like a great read. Thank you for introducing me to Kathleen Delaney’s books.


17 Becky Richardson April 24, 2016 at 2:04pm

I have added this to my TBR list. Can’t wait to read it.


18 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
April 24, 2016 at 2:40pm

Love mysteries! Thanks for a chance to win this book! lindaherold999@gmail.com


19 Doward Wilson April 25, 2016 at 3:13am

I have added this book and series to my TBR list. Thanks for the interesting review and giveaway.


20 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
May 9, 2016 at 1:43pm

We have a winner!


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