Sunday, March 12, 2023

Sassy Senior Sleuths Return by P.C. James & Kathryn Mykel: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Vacationing can be troublesome. Will Pauline and Nona solve the mysteries before they become victims?

Seeking friendly companionship and a bit of solace from their sleuthing days gone by, Pauline and Nona adventure together on six whirlwind vacations in the United States and Canada, that are anything but relaxing. Travel forward from the Miss Riddell series to the twenty-first century with the demure Miss Pauline Riddell and her fly by the seat of her pants cohort, Nona.

Short Stories: Murder at Sea, Waylaid in Wisconsin, Vacated in Vancouver, Danger in Death Valley and Silenced in Sudbury Part 1 and 2

These stories can be read in any order. Move forward about twenty years from the Miss Riddell Series by P.C. James and back in time about twenty years from the Quilting Cozy Mystery series by Kathryn Mykel - setting these stories to be during the turn of the 21st century, between 2005-2010.

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From the creative writers: P.C. James, author of the Best-Selling 
Miss Riddell Cozy Mystery Series and Kathryn Mykel, author of Best-Selling Sewing Suspicion: A Quilting Cozy Mystery Series.

Award-winning author of best-selling quilt fiction books: Sewing Suspicion & Quilting Calamity part of her Quilting Cozy Mystery Series.

Inspired by the laugh-out-loud and fanciful aspects of cozies, Kathryn Mykel aims to write lighthearted, humorous cozies surrounding her passion for the craft of quilting.

Kathryn is an avid quilter, was born and raised in a small New England town.

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I’ve always loved mysteries, especially those involving Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. Perhaps because Miss Marple reminds me of my aunts when I was growing up. But Agatha never told us much about Miss Marple's earlier life. While writing my own elderly super-sleuth series, I’m tracing her career from the start. As you’ll see, if you follow the Miss Riddell Cozy Mysteries series.

However, this is my Bio, not Miss Riddell’s, so here goes with all you need to know about me: After retiring, I became a writer and when I’m not feverishly typing on my laptop, you’ll find me running, cycling, walking, and taking wildlife photos wherever and whenever I can. My cozy mystery series begins in northern England because that was my home growing up and that’s also the home of so many great cozy mysteries. Stay with me though because Miss Riddell loves to travel as much as I do and the stories will take us to the many different places around the world I’ve lived in or visited.

No matter where sassy senior sleuths Nona and Pauline find themselves traveling to, they always seem to find themselves stumbling upon a mystery or a body! While that might not make them someone I would want to travel with myself (ha!), it does make for a super fun collection of short stories! 

As the title suggests, this is the second Sassy Senior Sleuths collection, but I definitely think it could be read just fine as a standalone as well. These stories are short... shorter than a novella even. I worried that with a mystery, that wouldn't give readers a whole lot of time to get into it or solve the crime, but these ladies are quick and to the point. While I could certainly enjoy a full-sized novel with these fun characters, these bite-sized mysteries deliver just enough fun to keep me wanting to read more. I love that they can be read together, or here and there when I just need a quick read too. 

If you're looking for a short, fun mystery, this collection is certainly one to check out. I hope to see more from these sleuths to come! 


  1. thanks for your review. this sounds wonderful. I love senior lady sleuths.


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