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A CROOKED LITTLE HOUSE
By Susan Rogers Cooper
Reviewed by S. E. Warwick
This is the fifth in the E. J. Pugh series whose titles seem to be derived from nursery rhymes. Pugh, a Texas housewife and romance writer should have more than enough excitement in her own life with an assortment of children gleaned from previous adventures, a cranky mother-in-law, assorted pets and a sweet a reformed hippie husband, but can't resist when a juicy question mark pops up in her life.
In A Crooked Little House, Pugh's former sister-in-law becomes homeless and is accused of murder while Pugh's house is undergoing a major renovation. As the mystery unravels, Pugh visits the homeless, the wealthy, and a weird biker who turns out to be an old friend of her husband's who was called "Scooter" in a previous incarnation.
The ending came out of nowhere and I was disappointed that none of the incompetent building contractors were murdered. (If you've ever built a house, you'd understand the need for this sort of catharsis.)
If you like the faux frazzled housewife set in kooky Texas idea, this is a great example. There are far worse ways to spend an afternoon at the beach.
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