Murder Passes the Buck Review
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Since her husband passed away, Gertie Johnson has had too much time on her hands, so she starts meddling in Sheriff Blaze Johnson’s cases. He also happens to be her son. When Chester Lampi takes a bullet to the head while waiting for a deer in his hunting blind, Gertie can’t resist investigating, even though Sheriff Blaze has already ruled the death an accident—or quite possibly suicide.

Gertie uncovers mineral rights on a piece of land that Chester refused to sell. Someone had been in town making an offer—but would they have killed to get their hands on the property when Chester said no? Gertie starts asking questions, attracting the wrong sort of attention, and her life becomes endangered as well.

Before Gertie knows it, her man-hungry friend, Cora Mae, and fellow word-of-the-day lover, Kitty, all want a piece of the action. They prove to be more of a hindrance than a help, but Gertie is in no position to be choosy about her partners—especially when her son is threatening to have her committed if she doesn’t back off. One thing is certain: the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is about to get a whole lot more interesting with Gertie Johnson on the job.

Murder Passes the Buck is another side-splitting and entertaining murder mystery. When your reading time comes around, you won’t be able to get your hands on it fast enough. Gertie is one spunky old gal who isn’t about to drag out the rocking chair now that she’s reached retirement age—and widowhood to boot. Her observations of people and life will keep you laughing out loud. She’s a precocious old woman with a devil-may-care attitude, but she’s determined as ever to solve this murder.

Fast-paced, baffling, and witty, with a host of odd-ball characters, Murder Passes the Buck is a whole lot of fun to read. Suspects abound in this small town murder mystery, keeping you guessing and reassessing each clue and what it points to. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, up pops a different angle that needs exploring.

Gertie Johnson is definitely a memorable character, and you’re going to want to spend time with her through each mystery in the series. I’m so looking forward to reading the next one in line. Do yourself a favor and join me.

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