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Malice in Miniature (A Dorothy Martin Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Jeanne M. Dams
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Book Description

When Dorothy Martin gets a call from her friend Ada Finch, whose gardener son has been arrested for the attempted theft of an antique dolls’ tea set from the Miniatures Museum at the imposing Brocklesby Hall, she doesn’t hesitate to offer her services to clear his name. But when theft leads to murder, Dorothy discovers there are big secrets hidden in the rooms filled with miniatures.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061013455
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B781GR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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American expatriate Dorothy Martin is married to the Chief Constable for the County of Belleshire, Alan Nesbitt. However, marital bliss is temporarily interrupted when a neighbor Ada Finch pleads with Dorothy to help her son, Bob, accused of stealing an expensive antique tea set from the Museum of Miniatures.
Dorothy agrees to investigate what happened. She learns that Bob was the gardener at Brocklesby Hall where the museum is located. She next meets the eccentric but famous miniature collector Sir Mordred Brocklesby and ultimately proves that Bob is not the thief. However, the case twists dramatically when murder occurs and once again the police focus on Bob. It remains for the elderly Dorothy to find the real killer.
The return of the unique Martin cozy is an item that will bring rejoicing to fans of the sub-genre as the latest entry, MALICE IN MINIATURE, is a wonderful novel. Jeanne M. Dams paints a taut and fast-paced story line, and the support cast adds much flavoring. However, what makes this book so damn good is the relationships between that purebred American Dorothy and her English spouse and their neighbors.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Malice in Miniature 2 Sept. 2013
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Bob Finch - son of Ada Finch - and gardener to Dorothy Martin and her new husband Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt is accused by one of his employers of theft. Dorothy is convinced Bob is not guilty and at Ada's request she agrees to investigate.

Alan is away on police business and visiting a local stately home which houses a huge collection of miniatures and whose owner is accusing Bob of theft seems like a good way to pass the time. Brocklesby Hall is a Gothic nightmare but the dolls houses and their miniature contents soon fascinate Dorothy though she is less keen on their owner - Sir Mordred.

This is an interesting mystery with a fascinating background of the miniature world of dolls houses. The characters are well drawn and the plot suitably complex. The murder of Sir Mordred's housekeeper - who seems to have been hated by everyone on the staff at the hall - provide something else for Dorothy to exercise her powers of detection over.

The book is well written and have touches of humour. Dorothy is all too well aware of her own faults and frequently unsure of whether she should be involved in detection. I think the author captures the characters and behaviour of Dorothy's two cats extremely well and their interference complicates anything she tries to do in her own home. I like the way the author is developing the relationship between Dorothy and her new husband. This series is an entertaining read for anyone who doesn't like on the page violence or bad language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great surprise ending 14 July 1999
By A Customer
A friend of mine told me about the Dorothy Martin books and I loved the first two, and then didn't care at all about Holy Terror. Therefore I was reluctant to read Malilce in Miniature.
However, I am glad my friend talked me into reading the book. It was wonderful. I love Ms. Dams descriptions of the house and the people.
And the ending ... I had sort of figured it out, or thought I had. It was wonderful. I finished it late at night and laughed out loud. My cats thought I was crazy. If you have not read this book you will thoroughly enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a delightful tale written in a breezy style 31 Dec. 1998
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I just finished "Malice in Miniature" and was again thrilled by the down to earth quality of the book. Unlike many so called mysteries, this one contains no obviously upsetting scenes. Dorothy Martin is my kind of amateur sleuth. Not glamorous or "sexy", she uses her natural curiousities to solve another case. Though often her now husband, Alan, tries to dissuade her from getting involved, her natural tendency to befriend people keeps her right in the midst of the action. I also liked the idea of a novel with a miniature doll house theme, positively fascinating. I highly recommend this book to others.
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The thing I liked most about the book was the way interesting real-life places were combined with realistic characters in situations you could imagine happening. The story flows, nothing seems too contrived. I had to pace myself, chapter at a time, to keep from reading it too fast. Dorothy Martin's adventures are now a recognized "series" but they do not read like formula books - each stands on its own. Try this book.
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