THE GLITTER END
SERIES: Stationery Shop Mystery #3
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Cozy Mystery
THE GLITTER END is the third in Vivian Conroy’s Stationary Shop Mystery series, and I really thought this instalment was on sparkling form.
Tundish is just as charming as ever, with an idyllic small-town atmosphere. The ‘feel’ of the town, surrounded by forests and nature but with a quirky gold-rush history, makes it the perfect cozy settling. It feels welcoming and comfortable as a reader.
THE GLITTER END focuses a little less of Delta’s Paper Posse investigative group as a whole, focusing instead on a couple of key members and then exploring the romance between Delta and ex-cop turned ranger Jonas. It also spends more time at Wanted, Delta’s stationary shop, than I felt this last one did, with the murder mystery more directly tied to the store.
I really enjoy Delta as a character. She plucky and upbeat, and her crafting interests give the series a nice twist on other mysteries. THE GLITTER END added in miniatures as an important part of the story, and I’d really love to see something like the model of Tundish that Conroy describes.
I loved this addition the Stationery Shop Mystery series, and I look forward to reading the next one as the series continues. There are some loose ends left from the B-plot that I think will be interesting to explore. I hope this cozy series is a long-running one, as Delta and Wanted are always a delight.
Stationery shop owner Delta Douglas is finally settling into small-town life in Tundish, Montana. But with the tourist season drying up, she must find a way to draw in her stationery shop clientele. Well-known artist Tilly Tay is just the ticket–and her new miniature gold mining display is sure to be a hit attraction in town.
But on the day of the grand reveal, Delta discovers a tiny prospector dead in the exhibit. That’s when a body is found at the nearby motel, perfectly mirroring the miniature murder. Soon enough, Delta’s artist guest is suspected of the crime and her shop is suddenly cast under a cloud of bad press. With her faithful Paper Posse at her side, Delta must pull no paper punches to crack the case and save Wanted’s reputation before more trouble comes into the fold.
A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.