September Fair is part of the Murder By Month mysteries by Jess Lourey. After reading this book, I am eager to sample the other months. This book vaguely reminded me of a Kirsten Dunst movie where small town beauty pageant contestants drop dead.
Milkfed Mary, Queen of the Dairy is to be elected. OK, so we know dairy is big in some places like Wisconsin and Minnesota. But it was funny to read about a room full of butter, and a head made of butter. The girls, all blonde haired beauties are fighting over who will be queen. Ashley Pederson wins and is found dead in the freezer while they are sculpting her head with butter. The obvious cause of death seems to be the cold.
Mira is a journalist who is following the pageant and is also sent to the state fair. She has to put up in a trailer her boss lends her. She meets two oddball women who end up sharing her trailer. Mira had a traumatic experience at the state fair as a child. She is not too happy to be covering the state fair, the only attractive thing for her being fried Nut goodies as she calls them. Roped into investigating Ashley’s murder, Mira must attend various events at the State Fair and put her life on the line.
September Fair is quirky, to say the least. Although there is a murder to be solved, there are many ridiculous things happening. Gory scenes are interspersed with humor and hyperbole. Mira is a weird character herself. There is a love angle too. After all, Mira is a young single woman at large.
If I had to use one word to describe September Fair, it would be Unbelievable! I was shocked, surprised, tickled and flabbergasted at times, but never bored. I definitely look forward to reading other books in the Murder by Month Series. Take it with a pinch of salt, and you will love September Fair!
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