Biggie and the Poisoned Politician: A Mystery

Nancy Bell, Author St. Martin's Press $21.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-312-14285-8
Murder, kidnapping, fraud and other skullduggery come to a small East Texas town and usher a young boy toward maturity in this entertaining debut mystery. The narrator, J.R., is living with his eccentric grandmother, Biggie Weatherford, grand dame of Job's Crossing, when routine life is disturbed by strange events. The car belonging to Biggie's boarder, Mr. Crabtree, explodes in the driveway; the town makes plans for a sanitation landfill next to Biggie's family farm; and the mayor dies under mysterious circumstances after a meeting to plan the town's Pioneer Days. Biggie decides to investigate and is aided by J.R.; her maid, Willie Mae, who knows voodoo; and Willie Mae's wise, ne'er-do-well husband, Rosebud Robichaux. A motorcyclist wheels into town and another man dies before Biggie can put a finger on the scheming murderer amidst the carnival atmosphere of the town festival. Bell's characters, led by Biggie, a rural Auntie Mame, are painted in broad brush strokes, but their warmth and humor, equally outsized, enliven this country mystery. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/03/2000
Release date: 04/01/2000
Mass Market Paperbound - 192 pages - 978-0-312-96219-7
Hardcover - 257 pages - 978-0-7862-2550-7
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