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Button Hollow Chronicles - Leaf Peeper Murders - Loni Emmert & P. I. Barrington, Authors


The Leaf Peeper Murders – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘The lovely Indian summer midmorning sun of Button Hollow, New
Hampshire, shown on her when the elderly Mrs. Anne Jolie Watson smelled
trouble, literally. She had just begun to water the last of her flower
beds when the unwelcome smell of chlorine rose to her nostrils like
chemical petals on the wind. She sniffed the air in several directions
trying to ascertain from whence the odor wafted. It seemed to permeate
the entire front garden although the culprit was nowhere to be seen.
She knew that smell. She had read about it in a national newspaper in a
story about illegal drug laboratories popping up in the smallest, most
unlikely of towns across America. The first clue to the nefarious
activities, the story said, was the aroma of chemicals, chlorine being
one of the first and most obvious. And chlorine was definitely in the
air in Button Hollow. No, she assured herself, there was no mistaking
the smell of chlorine. Why, one would have to be a fool not to
recognize that illegal substance.’

Mrs. Anne Jolie Watson is a member of the newly instated Citizens’
Brigade set up by Mayor Tom Rutledge, as an attempt to give the Senior
Citizens of Button Hollow something to do and feel needed. And there is
no one more qualified to be included as a member of the Brigade than
Anne Jolie Watson. If you don’t believe me, ask her yourself. Nothing
happens in the town of Button Hollow that Anne Jolie doesn’t know about
and no one comes into town without her knowing. If by some chance she
misses something, she will make it her business to become updated, ahead
of anyone else in the town. This is her town and it’s her job to
protect it from all wrong doings. Of course, having her nephew as the
deputy of Button Hollow helps keep her updated. After all, he’s the one
who told her about the two murders in town. One was the town drunk and
the other was the town prostitute. Well, it didn’t matter to Anne
Jolie what the “profession” of these two citizens happened to be, they
were still murdered and she would leave no stone unturned until she
found the guilty person that took their lives.

Sheriff Jeff Ramsey has lived in Button Hollow his whole life and knows
everyone, including the persistent Mrs. Watson. He really has enough on
his hands without adding her help to his problems. Especially when she
and another member of the Brigade decide to do a stake-out on the
person that Anne Jolie just knows is responsible for all crimes going on
in town. So, who will solve the murders first? The Sheriff or
Citizens Brigade member Mrs. Anne Jolie Watson?

As I read The Leaf Peeper Murders I couldn’t help but laugh at the
antics of Anne Jolie Watson. I feel sure that as you read this book,
you too will get a good laugh and it will probably be because you too
know someone that is of the same character as Anne Jolie. I know
several. Even though this is a murder mystery, it’s still full of
humor.

2010
Mainly Murder Press
ISBN# 978-0-9825899-9-1
167 Pages



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