ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fatal Flip, an Interior Design Murder Mystery, by Peg Marberg

Updated on September 16, 2015
Huntgoddess profile image

I have six children and and five grandbabies. Maybe a great grandbaby on the way soon, but not sure yet.

Please Take the Quiz Or Vote in the Polls, Below

You can even do both, if you want.

You don't have to read the Hub to vote in the poll. The poll is two simple questions. They're two different questions, though.

You don't have to read the Hub to take the quiz, either --- although it will probably help your score. But, it's all in good fun. Nobody's counting, so why not?

Thanks.

Fatal Flip, by Peg Marberg

Fatal Flip, an Interior Design Murder Mystery
Fatal Flip, an Interior Design Murder Mystery

An Interior Design Mystery - Not Quite Cozy, But Still Good

The amateur sleuth in this series is the co-owner --- along with her daughter --- of an interior design firm. The mom's name is Jean, and the daughter is also Jean ("J.R.").

So, the name of the firm is " Designer Jeans." I like that, and it made me want to read the book even more. I'd already liked the blurb on the cover. That's why I checked this out of the library.

Jean --- the mom --- is about my age. (Sixty-two.) I like that, as well, and it makes for a lot of great references that I can relate to --- references about things that happened when Jean and I were growing up.

Jean is married to Charlie. Charlie has a twin sister, Mary, who is also Jean's best friend. Mary is married to Denny England, who owns England's Fine Furniture.

The clues that broke the case came from some of Jean's favorite shows: Jeopardy and Antiques Roadshow.

Jean's son-in-law (JR's hubby) is a cop, and of course there are all the usual admonitions to leave it to the police. Stop investigating on your own.


JR, Jean and Mary do not heed those admonitions. So, they have to work undercover --- and keep their investigation a secret. A few close calls on that score, especially when JR has to feed the baby in the high chair and share pertinent clues with her mom on the phone while police hubby is getting dressed and eating breakfast.

When the killer finally catches up with Jean, a rifle-toting, octogenarian, scooter-riding neighbor lady saves her life. Tee, hee, I love that! This book has a lot of the elements of a cozy mystery, but it doesn't qualify as completely cozy, due to the aforementioned rifle toted by the aforementioned octogenarian neighbor lady.

Only Three in This Series

Peg's other two murder mystery design books were Decorated to Death and Faux Finished . Each book has decorating tips in a short chapter or chapters at the end. This one has "Decorating Tips that Sell" at the end. But, there's also a chapter on living in and with an old Victorian mansion ("manse"), where Peg tells us a little about her own childhood experiences.

I wish there were more than just three books in this series. Maybe she'll write some in the future. I haven't read the other two yet.

I appreciate that Peg includes a preface listing all the characters. Two lists, actually --- one for the town regulars, and another for visiting characters.

Fortunately, the bad guys are all visitors.

I Liked This Book

Some folks might not like the fact that Peg smokes. I used to smoke, and I grew up in a house full of smokers, and I have rather fond ---- and, yes, politically incorrect ---- memories of when smoking was relaxing and friendly.

But, if a fictional character's smoking habit drives you away, then, perhaps you will not like this book.

Peg's writing seems a little rough in a few spots. There are some long, awkward descriptions of characters we already know. She could have just used their names.

A lot to love, at least for me. I have no trouble overlooking the above difficulties because of all the other cool, fun stuff in this book. I hope to read the other two books in this series.

Time for one quick question?

How often do you read fictional murder mysteries?

See results

Do You Have More Time? Another Quick Question.

How often do you read fictional COZY murder mysteries?

See results

Now, Let's See if You Paid Attention. Pop Quiz. No Fair Peeking. (Just Kidding. It's only For Fun.)

view quiz statistics

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)