The Thanksgiving break gave me leisure time to kick back and relax. No blog for Thursday meant I could get into one of those $1 book finds I’d piled up on my end table. My holiday read was a paperback mystery first published in 2008. Mighty Old Bones by Mary Saums is definitely a cozy mystery, the type you can return to after a brief snooze and not lose the plot’s thread.
Saums’ heroines are two women of a certain age who live in the tiny community of Tullulah, Alabama. They are as different as chalk and cheese, which is part of the fun. Phoebe Twigg is motherly, loves to bake and meanders through the community sharing cupcakes in exchange for gossip. Jane, widowed, has traveled the world and done a bit of spy work, which accounts for her arsenal of guns.
In Mighty Old Bones, the second in the series, the pair come upon some human remains at an Indian burial ground. The intrigue surrounds an archaeological mystery which brings in an interesting assortment of characters, include a pair of psychics and some ghost hunters. In the midst of it all, Thistle and Twig display humor and depth as the plots takes it many twists and turns.
Saums’ first book in the series is Thistle and Twigg. I plan to look for it and hope a third mystery is in the pipeline.
(Courtesy of us.macmillan.com)