Is Cleo Marjoribanks the British Cousin to T. Dawn Richard’s May Bell List?

Dirty Deeds book cover

Barbara Bothwell

  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Barbara Bothwell (July 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled

I love a good mystery!  I watch every Masterpiece Mystery show on PBS (Public Broadcasting System) and I watch mystery shows on regular television.  Miss Marple is one of my favorites as is Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote.

While television is entertaining, there are times I want to read a book.  I searched for the next female sleuth and came across T. Dawn Richard’s May Bell List.  The first book I read of Richard’s was Digging Up Otis.  I had found my next female sleuth in May Bell List.  I think I fell in love with May Bell because of the cat in the shower scene because it was so hilarious.

When Barbara Bothwell gave me a copy of her book Dirty Deeds in Downdene: A Cleo Marjoribanks Murder Mystery and ask if I would do a book review, I wanted to read it right away but could not because I had several books in the pipeline that needed to be read and reviewed.

Once I started reading Dirty Deeds in Downdene, I fell in love with Cleo.  Maybe I like Cleo because I like May Bell.  The more I read the more I thought, “Hey, Jessica Fletcher had a British cousin, Emma” so why couldn’t Cleo be a cousin to May Bell List.  Then my thoughts got off track of imagining Barbara Bothwell and T. Dawn Richard teaming together to write a mystery just for Cleo and May Bell to find out they really were cousins.  Doesn’t that sound like a good idea?

In Dirty Deeds in Downdene, Bothwell wrote the speech pattern the same way she used to talk.  Folks in the United Kingdom may think nothing of the speech pattern whereas folks in the United States will immediately notice it.  Without this speech pattern, the book would not be the same or as interesting.

If one stepped inside the book they could not miss Cleo driving around in her fancy car and wearing flowing caftans that covers her humps and bumps.  They would probably even see the gears rotating around in her mind.

When Cleo hears of the latest murder she tries to get first hand information from her police officer boyfriend, “Steaming” Kettle.  Kettle tells Cleo to stay out of the investigation and let the police do their job.

Cleo, the sleuth, is not about to obey his orders and starts her adventure to solve the murder.  When one murder turns into three, can Cleo Marjoribanks link the puzzle pieces together?

I rated this book at 5 stars.


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