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Daisy Savage finally has everything she wants. A new husband. A bunch of kids. A charming old house. What she doesn't want is a dead body. When a frozen pipe in the basement of her century-old home leads her and her husband downstairs into a newly discovered crawl space, they find a coal chute they didn't know they had. And a corpse inside of it. Things become complicat Daisy Savage finally has everything she wants. A new husband. A bunch of kids. A charming old house. What she doesn't want is a dead body. When a frozen pipe in the basement of her century-old home leads her and her husband downstairs into a newly discovered crawl space, they find a coal chute they didn't know they had. And a corpse inside of it. Things become complicated when Daisy realizes she knew the victim. And things get even worse when it becomes increasingly clear that the body was placed there to make Daisy look like the killer. Against her husband's advice and her own common sense, Daisy makes it her mission to prove to the denizens of Moose River that she is innocent. But doing so may be more dangerous than she planned.


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Daisy Savage finally has everything she wants. A new husband. A bunch of kids. A charming old house. What she doesn't want is a dead body. When a frozen pipe in the basement of her century-old home leads her and her husband downstairs into a newly discovered crawl space, they find a coal chute they didn't know they had. And a corpse inside of it. Things become complicat Daisy Savage finally has everything she wants. A new husband. A bunch of kids. A charming old house. What she doesn't want is a dead body. When a frozen pipe in the basement of her century-old home leads her and her husband downstairs into a newly discovered crawl space, they find a coal chute they didn't know they had. And a corpse inside of it. Things become complicated when Daisy realizes she knew the victim. And things get even worse when it becomes increasingly clear that the body was placed there to make Daisy look like the killer. Against her husband's advice and her own common sense, Daisy makes it her mission to prove to the denizens of Moose River that she is innocent. But doing so may be more dangerous than she planned.

30 review for The Murder Pit

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    The Murder Pit I am not sure if I read the same book that everyone else did. Here is what I feel are the Pro's and Con's: ▲ It was a light, pop-corn type read. ▲ No sex, just innuendo. ▲ No violence, just a dead guy. ▲ I finished it. ▼The Author/Editor made a lot of mistakes, enough to pull you out of the story occasionally and go 'Huh?'. This might make you lose your place as you check back in the book for some confirmations. ▼ Was there a book before this one? I know there wasn't, but there are part The Murder Pit I am not sure if I read the same book that everyone else did. Here is what I feel are the Pro's and Con's: ▲ It was a light, pop-corn type read. ▲ No sex, just innuendo. ▲ No violence, just a dead guy. ▲ I finished it. ▼The Author/Editor made a lot of mistakes, enough to pull you out of the story occasionally and go 'Huh?'. This might make you lose your place as you check back in the book for some confirmations. ▼ Was there a book before this one? I know there wasn't, but there are parts to this story that make me think there should be...things that are assumed but never explained. For instance -why did Daisy's husband get so upset that she had a date before they got reacquainted? This detail was over-looked and underplayed. The back-story was undeveloped. ▼ The town’s residents and especially her so-called friends are just horrid. The kids are pretty annoying too. ▼ Home-schooling seems to be a major theme and I don't like to be preached to. I did not like how this author treats home-schooling. Do the kids actually ever get any lessons? Do they really learn things while playing in the snow or video games or even board games? Yes, they read -wonderful - but not enough educating. ▼I found this not to be a humorous book. ▼The main characters are (especially Daisy Savage) ditzy, easy to anger and somehow unlikable. Jake was just an annoying passive/aggressive complainer. ▼ The reader goes through the book never knowing how the dead guy died. And yes I doubled back to double-check. All in all, I ended up doing a lot of skimming a second time to see if I had missed something important to the story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    One thing I’m compelled to gripe about: Why do people reviewing books always give a recap of the plot? I can get that from the synopsis on the book’s jacket. I don’t come to Goodreads for 50 plot recaps. This book was...unsatisfying. “You take that back.” “Takes one to know one.” Do grownups really argue this way? In this case, a man writing a female protagonist in the first person has resulted in a Mary Sue of horrific proportions, a wet dream of a wife and mother whose only flaw is adorably ignor One thing I’m compelled to gripe about: Why do people reviewing books always give a recap of the plot? I can get that from the synopsis on the book’s jacket. I don’t come to Goodreads for 50 plot recaps. This book was...unsatisfying. “You take that back.” “Takes one to know one.” Do grownups really argue this way? In this case, a man writing a female protagonist in the first person has resulted in a Mary Sue of horrific proportions, a wet dream of a wife and mother whose only flaw is adorably ignoring her husband’s request that she not play amateur detective. And then there’s the murder mystery itself. Why do we not hear anything about how Olaf was killed, and when, and where? That’s a lot of missing information when it comes to a murder mystery. It’s all about Daisy and who wanted to make her look bad and get her cookie-cutter-perfect kids ostracized from the blah blah blah homeschooling blah blah blah homeschooling (and did we mention homeschooling?) because a dead body was found in her coal chute. Right up through the denouement we are never told it was anything but an accident followed by body dumping - which is bad enough, but which isn’t murder. Rather than whodunit, it’s more like whodunwhat. Lots of typos and incorrect words, such as nuances instead of nuisances. I have some patience with that when self-publishing is involved but I’ll offer authors a deal: I get to read your book for free in exchange for my mad skillz at proofreading. Overall, I felt I was reading a potentially good book that was published while only at the third draft stage. I'm glad it was free.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Donna Foston

    Very slow. It seemed like a long commercial for home schooling, although the mom never did anything that resembled a lesson. However, we did read every mundane detail (several times) of her taking food out of the fridge and preparing a meal. I figured out whodunnit long before she did. Just not a satisfying read for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Life is going well for Daisy Savage. Recently remarried, she, her husband, and their blended family are settling into the old fixer upper they just bought. While her husband, Jake, bemoans the work, Daisy fell in love with the place despite the work. The house seems to have quite a few secrets, and Daisy finds one in their basement’s crawl space – an old coal chute. Unfortunately, that discovery also comes with a dead body, and the victim is someone that Daisy recognizes. With the small-town rum Life is going well for Daisy Savage. Recently remarried, she, her husband, and their blended family are settling into the old fixer upper they just bought. While her husband, Jake, bemoans the work, Daisy fell in love with the place despite the work. The house seems to have quite a few secrets, and Daisy finds one in their basement’s crawl space – an old coal chute. Unfortunately, that discovery also comes with a dead body, and the victim is someone that Daisy recognizes. With the small-town rumor mill kicking in, Daisy finds herself as a suspect. Can she figure out who really killed the victim and why he was dumped in their basement? The plot started out well, and I enjoyed the added puzzle about why the victim was left in Daisy’s basement. There were some good twists before we reached the end. Sadly, I did have some issues with the book. The characters are a bit thin. I get that some of them were supposed to be comedic, but they still could have been stronger. Daisy’s kids seemed to act younger than they were supposed to be. She homeschools most of the kids, but she seems to justify letting them play and not actually doing any work with them. (Yes, I get that in a cozy, the main character spends all their time on the case instead of their job, but that’s not the case here.) There were some timelines issues as well, nothing that affected the plot, but the author clearly lost track of time. On the other hand, I loved Daisy and Jake’s relationship, and I laughed quite a bit at the character’s interactions. I’ve read other books from Jeff Shelby in the past and enjoyed them, so I will read one of his books again. Hopefully, this was just an off book. Overall, I enjoyed it, but there are some issues that need to be resolved. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    This is a new author for and I will be looking for books by him. I found the book entertaining and some creative writing. I especially like the way the body was discovered. There several twist and turns as the story develops. The mystery is secondary to normal reactions of those involved. I had almost finished before I realized who was guilty. Daisy has her house of dreams only to find a dead body in it. To make matters worse Daisy knows him as she went on a date with him just after her divorce. This is a new author for and I will be looking for books by him. I found the book entertaining and some creative writing. I especially like the way the body was discovered. There several twist and turns as the story develops. The mystery is secondary to normal reactions of those involved. I had almost finished before I realized who was guilty. Daisy has her house of dreams only to find a dead body in it. To make matters worse Daisy knows him as she went on a date with him just after her divorce. She now remarried and happy with her blend family. Full Disclosure: Received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Veron

    I am not sure what a "cozy" mystery is supposed to entail but this story was quite slow going and the murder mystery was nearly secondary to the homeschooling. It went into such detail about the homeschooling, that it nearly felt like a sales pitch for it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Kerr

    The first half was really good. I enjoyed the characters and the premise. But things changed at about half way, as though the author was tired or in a hurry. Typos and general poor editing abounded in the second half. For all the investigating of the murder, no one discussed the question of "how" was the victim murdered. That seems to me to be a major part of an investigation. The characters also ignored the question of "when." And why would a long ago, one-date wonder be the main suspect? Motiv The first half was really good. I enjoyed the characters and the premise. But things changed at about half way, as though the author was tired or in a hurry. Typos and general poor editing abounded in the second half. For all the investigating of the murder, no one discussed the question of "how" was the victim murdered. That seems to me to be a major part of an investigation. The characters also ignored the question of "when." And why would a long ago, one-date wonder be the main suspect? Motive? I thought these questions would be answered in the last quarter, but no, they weren't. Instead, there was a focus on what Daisy(the main character) was making for dinner. All the time. By the end of the book, I was more hungry than interested in the conclusion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Tomlinson

    Daisy, her new husband, Jake, and their mixed 4 children family have moved into a century old home in Moose River, Minn. Life takes a strange turn when Daisy and Jake find a body in their previously unknown coal chute. The body happens to be a gentleman that Daisy had one date with 2 years ago. Fun series. Will read more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carlin

    This book had so much potential but it was never fully realized. The blended family living in an old house needing restoration in a small town in Minnesota.......good start. I thought the homeschooling angle might be interesting but there was very little schooling going on (Daisy, the mom, spent more time helping her daughter, who had decided to attend public school, do her homework than teaching the younger three). Then there was the "murder"...if you could call it that. There was no informatio This book had so much potential but it was never fully realized. The blended family living in an old house needing restoration in a small town in Minnesota.......good start. I thought the homeschooling angle might be interesting but there was very little schooling going on (Daisy, the mom, spent more time helping her daughter, who had decided to attend public school, do her homework than teaching the younger three). Then there was the "murder"...if you could call it that. There was no information elicited as to the cause or the time of death. Worst of all for me were the errors, grammar, spelling, typos, and even calling the son Nick when he'd been Will throughout the story! Will I read more in the Moose River mystery series? Only if it is free! Please, please do more editing before publishing!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    A nice light murder mystery

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Cute and fast read. Nothing too deep but the story was ok. I liked the characters and could relate to the need to find out who put the body in the house.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Sharpnack

    This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. Daisy and Jake are newlyweds w a blended family and a money pit of an old house. While thawing frozen pipes, they find a dead body hidden in a previously-undiscovered coal chute. Daisy cannot let the police solve the murder by themselves -b/c she actually knew the corpse. She had gone out to dinner w/ him once. Therefore, Daisy becomes a suspect so MUST solve the mystery herself! The things I liked: references to marital sex w/o actual bodice- This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. Daisy and Jake are newlyweds w a blended family and a money pit of an old house. While thawing frozen pipes, they find a dead body hidden in a previously-undiscovered coal chute. Daisy cannot let the police solve the murder by themselves -b/c she actually knew the corpse. She had gone out to dinner w/ him once. Therefore, Daisy becomes a suspect so MUST solve the mystery herself! The things I liked: references to marital sex w/o actual bodice-ripping detail; an amusing writing style by the author; the fact that the body (de rigeur in a cozy mystery) was discovered in the first 10% of the story. I also did not guess the identity of the killer until the author started clueing us in. That is a major plus in a cozy mystery for me. Things I really did NOT like: as w/ many other reviewers, I did NOT like the constant praise of home-schooling -- w/o actually seeing the young kids doing any actual homework or Daisy teaching any lessons. Daisy considered the kids building a bobsled track in the back yard "educational." I do not. Perhaps if they had studied road-building, and THEN built the track. But nope, never any lessons mentioned. I also do not understand WHY the kids were home-schooled in the first place It wasn't for religious reasons, and the oldest child attends the public high school. ?? I like Jake and Daisy's relationship, but Jake seemed to over-react when he found out that Daisy had gone on ONE date w the dead guy BEFORE she even KNEW Jake. And the plot moves along like molasses, w/ Daisy over-reacting in every situation in which she tries to get more information on the dead man and who might have murdered him. I was absolutely horrified by her PAYING her computer-guru son to hack the dead man's ex-wife's dating profile! Encouraging a criminal act in a relatively-socially-isolated teen-age boy??? What does she want him to turn into??? Yikes!! All in all, it wasn't a terrible beginning to a cozy mystery series. I rounded up to three stars, and no higher, b/c I just can't get around the home-schooling plot line just feeling like an excuse to give the main character plenty of free time to accomplish her sleuthing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Altivo Overo

    Cozy or silly? I guess the small town setting accounts for a lot, but this seemed a bit overly simple. The humorous bits were good, but some of the connections in the plot are just too weak for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bookmom

    A light, humorous mystery that begins with a frozen pipe in the crawl space in a house in MN that needs a whole lot of work. Neither Daisy nor Jake had even ventured into the crawl space in the six months they lived there, so were really surprised, when entering it to thaw the frozen pipe with a hair dryer, to find a door to a coal chute they didn’t know they had. Even more shocking is the dead body in it; someone Daisy had gone on one date with the deceased before Jake came into her life. This i A light, humorous mystery that begins with a frozen pipe in the crawl space in a house in MN that needs a whole lot of work. Neither Daisy nor Jake had even ventured into the crawl space in the six months they lived there, so were really surprised, when entering it to thaw the frozen pipe with a hair dryer, to find a door to a coal chute they didn’t know they had. Even more shocking is the dead body in it; someone Daisy had gone on one date with the deceased before Jake came into her life. This is a small town, so word spreads quickly and it’s immediately assumed that Daisy is the murderer, which affects her entire family. Most of the characters are likable and we follow Daisy thru her normal daily routine while she also attempts to find out who would have had it in for the deceased and does some investigating on her own; all against her husband’s wishes. That’s one problem I had. I don’t believe we ever see Daisy respect any of her husband’s wishes unless it involves sex. Some of it is understandable and acceptable, but in others, I was really disappointed in both Jake and Daisy. The mystery itself is handled fairly well, but something obvious was missing. While questioning others and even listening to Daisy’s thoughts, not once is a question raised about when the deceased was last seen by those closest to him.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ranooshe

    When I started reading this book I thought it was a refreshing change from the stereotype amateur sleuth: A half-crazy, very stupid (not always in a funny way), sex-hungry, single woman. This sleuth is in a happy family: supporting husband, well-behaved children and friendly community/ However, as I read on, this was the only refreshing thing about this book. The author explains the same idea over and over again. From different angles and by different people till one wants to shout: "Enough alrea When I started reading this book I thought it was a refreshing change from the stereotype amateur sleuth: A half-crazy, very stupid (not always in a funny way), sex-hungry, single woman. This sleuth is in a happy family: supporting husband, well-behaved children and friendly community/ However, as I read on, this was the only refreshing thing about this book. The author explains the same idea over and over again. From different angles and by different people till one wants to shout: "Enough already!". As if this wasn't enough, one gets to know every single detail of every single activity of Daisy's family. The book could easily cut in half without losing concentration. In fact, cutting the book in half would actually make it more bearable, because truth be said, the plot isn't that compelling either. The good thing though, if you get bored quarter of the way, just read the dialogue. Most of it at least. You would move quicker and still don't miss any thing important. Reading so many free kindle books, one question bothers me: Why is it that free Kindle books are of such low quality?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debbie West

    I thought this would be a good cozy mystery. I was confused at first because the author has a man's name but is written in 1st person by a woman. A little dry humor is okay. There isn't anything really funny, no suspense, just a boring little mystery that a supposed mom if 3 homeschoolers & one public schooler is investigating. I homeschooled our one son for 4 years until high school graduation. So I know what us involved. This author has no clue! Not a word of math, science, geography, history, I thought this would be a good cozy mystery. I was confused at first because the author has a man's name but is written in 1st person by a woman. A little dry humor is okay. There isn't anything really funny, no suspense, just a boring little mystery that a supposed mom if 3 homeschoolers & one public schooler is investigating. I homeschooled our one son for 4 years until high school graduation. So I know what us involved. This author has no clue! Not a word of math, science, geography, history, writing, spelling! A once a week visit to library & a one day a week class somewhere with other homeschoolers is the extent of learning in this fictional household! It's a joke! Daisy has all day to think & run around town, leaving her kids at home by themselves, making a 10 minute meal because she's too busy..what a joke! The author of this book has not a clue! I guess homeschooling was the only job he could give Daisy in order for her to have time to "investigate"!

  17. 5 out of 5

    SimSim

    I have 3 issues with this book: 1) The main character (Daisy) was immature, dull, and no matter what, I could not bring myself to connect with her. And for someone who hated judgmental people, she was the most judgmental character in the entire book. 2) The book spent too much time discussing homeschooling and the main character's views on how children should be educated rather than the actual mystery. It took away from the book and made it seem a little too long winded. 3) The book spent too muc I have 3 issues with this book: 1) The main character (Daisy) was immature, dull, and no matter what, I could not bring myself to connect with her. And for someone who hated judgmental people, she was the most judgmental character in the entire book. 2) The book spent too much time discussing homeschooling and the main character's views on how children should be educated rather than the actual mystery. It took away from the book and made it seem a little too long winded. 3) The book spent too much on the main character's day to day life and her complaining about how unfair the situation is and made the story harder to read. Honestly, I was hoping that the main character would do a little more snooping and investigating. Get into some real danger during the book. There was no real mystery. I figured out who had done it half way through the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cash

    I liked the book and this is why. It was an easy read. Sometimes at the end of the day I just want to open a book and relax. I don't want to have to do a lot of thinking about who is who, and just what did they do in the last chapter that is important to remember for this chapter. It was lighthearted, funny, and just what I needed to relax. I noticed that some people said there was no sex, just hints of it. I don't need sex in every book I read. The way the book was written I think it was appropr I liked the book and this is why. It was an easy read. Sometimes at the end of the day I just want to open a book and relax. I don't want to have to do a lot of thinking about who is who, and just what did they do in the last chapter that is important to remember for this chapter. It was lighthearted, funny, and just what I needed to relax. I noticed that some people said there was no sex, just hints of it. I don't need sex in every book I read. The way the book was written I think it was appropriate for any age group to read. Could it have improvements, sure it could. But the author wrote it that way, and we like it or hate it. I thought it was just fine.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Becky Almon

    Ok cozy This is an ok cozy mystery. I couldn't really get interested in the characters. I would have liked more development. The blended family living in the supposedly haunted house had the potential for more. Why mention the ghost and then not use it? This is the first of a series, so hopefully the next will build a more interesting set of characters.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Namitha Varma

    The characterisation, plot movement, conversation, were all just right for this subgenre of Mystery/Thriller, even if this book is now on the side of leisure than pace. However, no one ever mentioned the police giving a reason for death after the autopsy - just curious. And there was no closure to the character of the annoying detective. She should have at least come by to apologise.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maralynda Kernutt

    Good story line Story was great, but there were a few editorial errors that made me have to backtrack. But just a little. I would recommend it for a fun read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Two stars only for the mystery. I subtracted the others due to the author's overly heavy-handed homeschooling angle and derision of public school. It was simply too much and detracted from the plot of the story. The irony is that, rather than paint homeschooling in a positive light, the author perpetuated the stereotype of homeschooling as not a real education. Despite the main character waxing at length about the learning by experience that her 4 children were doing, there were zero scenes wher Two stars only for the mystery. I subtracted the others due to the author's overly heavy-handed homeschooling angle and derision of public school. It was simply too much and detracted from the plot of the story. The irony is that, rather than paint homeschooling in a positive light, the author perpetuated the stereotype of homeschooling as not a real education. Despite the main character waxing at length about the learning by experience that her 4 children were doing, there were zero scenes where she was actually educating them. Oh, there were detailed descriptions of her cleaning the house while they played outside or her relief that it was a "trade day" and she could send them off with another homeschool parent for the day. There was a snide comment about "rote classes like math and history" (yeah...who needs THOSE classes? Heavy eye roll here). There's a moment where she observed them from the window as they played in the snow with a sled and calls it "learning through experience" and muses on the scientific concepts (??) they are learning "without even knowing it". Yeah, but HOW do they know they've just "scienced" if you never teach them what the concept is?? Now, it may seem that I'm carping a lot about this one issue, which shouldn't be the focus of a cozy mystery about a body found in a coal chute, but the author makes homeschooling such a huge part of this character that it simply must be addressed for its ridiculousness. Aside from that, there was some good humor in the character and the actual mystery was kind of fun. I'm still glad I got this one for free on my Nook though. I will not be continuing the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    The Murder Pit is the first book in A Moose Mystery Murder series. I was in the mood for something that felt a bit like Halloween for me and this fit the theme I was looking for plus it was free on my Nook. Daisy is excited to find a great historical fixer upper house, at least until her and her family move in and start to learn the true extent of the problems in the house. While defrosting some pipes Daisy notices a small door and opens it finding a coal chute that she did not know about when bu The Murder Pit is the first book in A Moose Mystery Murder series. I was in the mood for something that felt a bit like Halloween for me and this fit the theme I was looking for plus it was free on my Nook. Daisy is excited to find a great historical fixer upper house, at least until her and her family move in and start to learn the true extent of the problems in the house. While defrosting some pipes Daisy notices a small door and opens it finding a coal chute that she did not know about when buying the house along with a dead body inside. Things get even more complicated when it turns out Daisy went on a date with the deceased a couple years ago. With suspicion pointed at her Daisy is determined to solve the crime. My major problem with the story is that Daisy elected to home school her children (which is fine) but I never saw any actual learning going on. Everything seemed to mock the home schooling program and I cringed when Daisy made outlandish connections with homeschooling on how every day activities, like playing in the snow, were preparing her kids for life. I would not say no to reading another book in the series since I enjoyed the overall story of The Murder Pit but it is not something I am in a hurry to do.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Author Jeff Selby does a good job of portraying a blended family’s domestic life in this cozy mystery. The real drama is saved for the discovery of a body in their home’s coal chute rather than family conflict. Set in the small town of Moose River, Minnesota, the freezing winter is vividly described, as is the small town ambiance where citizens not only gossip about everyone’s business but pass judgment all too quickly. Jake and Daisy Gardener are strong characters who both have a sense of humor, Author Jeff Selby does a good job of portraying a blended family’s domestic life in this cozy mystery. The real drama is saved for the discovery of a body in their home’s coal chute rather than family conflict. Set in the small town of Moose River, Minnesota, the freezing winter is vividly described, as is the small town ambiance where citizens not only gossip about everyone’s business but pass judgment all too quickly. Jake and Daisy Gardener are strong characters who both have a sense of humor, and the kids are realistically portrayed. I figured out the killer’s identity before the big reveal, though. Daisy also figures it out at the last minute, but rather than distance herself from the killer, she confronts the individual while alone in her house. The lack of suspects and Daisy’s habit of taking unnecessary risk weakened the plot for me. If she learns her lessons in future installments, this will be a really good addition to the cozy genre.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Meh. I read this in part so I could say I've read something other than fan fiction this year. Some of the fan fiction is a lot better. Anyway, it's a small town mystery, set in Minnesota in winter. The author did a pretty good job of describing the cold. Daisy and her new husband find a dead body in their fixer-upper Victorian house, and so the rest of the story is Daisy trying to solve the murder. The characters aren't quite the typical mystery characters: Daisy homeschools her kids; her husban Meh. I read this in part so I could say I've read something other than fan fiction this year. Some of the fan fiction is a lot better. Anyway, it's a small town mystery, set in Minnesota in winter. The author did a pretty good job of describing the cold. Daisy and her new husband find a dead body in their fixer-upper Victorian house, and so the rest of the story is Daisy trying to solve the murder. The characters aren't quite the typical mystery characters: Daisy homeschools her kids; her husband, Jake, works at a recycling plant; and there's a mortician, too. It's a cute story, and it was free - in hopes of making one want to buy the next book in the series. I've read better books, and I've read some that are worse.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Naznin Azeez

    Quite an interesting story about how a family finds a dead body stuffed in a coal chute that they didn't know of. Things go from bad to worse when Daisy, the homeowner recognises the dead person and also the small town people assume the worst : that she had put the dead body there. It seems like the dead person had no enemies whatsoever. So, how did he end up dead?. It's a good mystery that I finished in almost one sitting... But one thing that put me off is the constant talk about homeschooling. Quite an interesting story about how a family finds a dead body stuffed in a coal chute that they didn't know of. Things go from bad to worse when Daisy, the homeowner recognises the dead person and also the small town people assume the worst : that she had put the dead body there. It seems like the dead person had no enemies whatsoever. So, how did he end up dead?. It's a good mystery that I finished in almost one sitting... But one thing that put me off is the constant talk about homeschooling. There are 4 kids (why four??) & the details of what each kid is doing at what time, eating what etc is probably added to make the story more believable but I find that part just boring. Other than that a good read..

  27. 4 out of 5

    Astrid

    I liked the book, it was decently paced and the plot was a fun perspective I haven't read a lot of. There were moments I didn't appreciate like the jokes about mental illness and physical challenges and of course, if you can, vaccinate your children. Overall the story was enjoyable and easy to follow if not too easy, I did guess the outcome and the climax of the story could have been a little longer - we had been waiting for a while. The conclusion was smooth and I was satisfied with the develop I liked the book, it was decently paced and the plot was a fun perspective I haven't read a lot of. There were moments I didn't appreciate like the jokes about mental illness and physical challenges and of course, if you can, vaccinate your children. Overall the story was enjoyable and easy to follow if not too easy, I did guess the outcome and the climax of the story could have been a little longer - we had been waiting for a while. The conclusion was smooth and I was satisfied with the development of the characters (love you Will) and the way the story rounded out at the end. From where the story left off there is no need to pick up the second book, it even ends with "The End."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alix

    Cute Cozy Mystery This was a pretty good quick read. Establishing characters for a series usual leaves a first book caught up in those details. This did a nice job of balancing story and character introduction. There were a couple of things I had issues with. Having a kid use his computer to "hack" a site and then using another computer to log into said site, seemed off. Getting to the crux of the matter could have been done in about 100 less pages. Would make a great beach or vacation read. Not Cute Cozy Mystery This was a pretty good quick read. Establishing characters for a series usual leaves a first book caught up in those details. This did a nice job of balancing story and character introduction. There were a couple of things I had issues with. Having a kid use his computer to "hack" a site and then using another computer to log into said site, seemed off. Getting to the crux of the matter could have been done in about 100 less pages. Would make a great beach or vacation read. Not to heavy, no gore, and nothing too suspenseful. Light and fun.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robert Borremans

    An interesting plot that takes place in a small Minnesota town with a surprise ending. But, between the beginning and the end, it is slow moving filled with family-oriented dialogue that does little to advance the storyline. At times, I grew weary and totally disinterested in the characters and side stories. Then, all of a sudden, the ending pops up and the murder is solved in less than one chapter. Mr. Shelby is a good writer, but the book did not hold my interest. I recommend Murder Pit, but do An interesting plot that takes place in a small Minnesota town with a surprise ending. But, between the beginning and the end, it is slow moving filled with family-oriented dialogue that does little to advance the storyline. At times, I grew weary and totally disinterested in the characters and side stories. Then, all of a sudden, the ending pops up and the murder is solved in less than one chapter. Mr. Shelby is a good writer, but the book did not hold my interest. I recommend Murder Pit, but do not expect it to be an action-packed thriller.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    I disagree with the other reviews that say this is an ad for homeschooling. It may be an ad for Disney's Frozen though - the kids watch it and the mom says "Let it go!" about 837 times. There are some hilariously funny passages in this book - namely near the beginning when she is talking about calling the police. It's rare that I will burst out laughing when I am reading and this book made me several times. It's nothing deep or meaningful - just brain bubble gum, but not bad.

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