A Nip of Murder is set in the country. Somewhere in the mountains of Virginia. And the nip referred to here is a nip joint, a place where moonshine is made. Moonshine, a kind of illegal liquor!
The cover shows a shack in dense woods and that sparked my interest enough to choose this book. The book started off slow. I even stopped reading it a few times. But then I resumed reading and got hooked somewhere half way through.
Many times the mindset or mood of a reader affects how they perceive a story. That is why I try to resume reading a book a few times before abandoning it.
Daisy’s husband had a problem and is absconding. She lives in a small town and has just opened a bakery called Sweetie Pies. She and her mother live in a local inn with the town’s iron lady. Ricky Balsam has a thing for Daisy but she snubs him all the time. Rick’s brother is a bit slow.
The peace of the town is shattered when there is a robbery in the bakery. Daisy’s assistant comes across the thief, he gets stabbed accidentally and dies. Dies right there in the bakery in front of her. Tons of cream cheese is missing believed stolen.
There is a group of geocachers at the local camp ground. The younger Balsam brother has run into one of them and there is going to be a shotgun wedding. Rick is not too pleased thinking the girl is after his money. Yes, Rick is quite rich, by the way.
The bat population is going batty! Another robbery attempt at the bakery and another dead body galvanise Daisy into action. She wants to solve the crimes herself.
A Nip of Murder takes us into a very different world in rural Virginia. There is a motley crew of characters. I kind of caught on to the whole mystery at some point and the solution was not a surprise. But then, I read a lot of books! The suspense is well maintained, and the plot thickens as you read on, even though it starts off slow.
Overall, Carol Miller’s A Nip of Murder is a good read.