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Ridgewood, NJ : Ransom Note Press, 2014
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301 pages ; 23 cm
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"A cozy introducing Miss Felicity Prim, who believes her ample experience in reading mystery novels has prepared her for a new career in private detection"-- Provided by publisher.
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2013031030
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9780977378791 (hardback)
0977378799 (hardback)
9780977378791
0977378799
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856879200
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"A cozy introducing Miss Felicity Prim, who believes her ample experience in reading mystery novels has prepared her for a new career in private detection"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

After being mugged in New York City, Miss Felicity Prim relocates to Greenfield, Connecticut, where, believing her ample experience in reading mystery novels has prepared her for a new career, she becomes an amateur sleuth. - (Baker & Taylor)

Meet Miss Felicity Prim: lifelong resident of Manhattan, book lover, outsmarter of criminals, unrepentant critic of the Internet, and proud owner of a Laser Taser 3000 (though she has vowed never to use it, unless absolutely necessary). After being mugged, Miss Prim decides to leave the big city and purchase a home in the country, where she will be safe from the dangerous criminals who call New York home. A devoted reader of crime fiction, Miss Prim believes that her reading of detective novels has given her all the skills she needs to become an amateur sleuth in her new home base of Greenfield, Connecticut. Miss Prim gets the chance to prove her mettle when she finds a corpse in her basement. As Miss Prim searches for the victim's identity and killer, she finds her father's old journals, which create a crisis in her close-knit family. Meanwhile, Miss Prim's young friend, Dolly, has become involved in a dangerous situation and needs Miss Prim's help. As Miss Prim investigates (with her trusty Boxer, Bruno, at her side), she begins to suspect that someone in Greenfield is watching her every move, waiting for the right moment to strike. Will Miss Prim, with her insights into human behavior and her steadfast refusal to rely on forensic techniques (which she considers the crutches of lazy investigators), be able to save herself and bring everything to a satisfactory resolution? Filled with lovable characters and wry humor, The Outsmarting of Criminals is not only a delightful mystery novel but also a celebration of books and an homage to the mystery genre.

- (Midpoint Books)

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Meet Miss Felicity Prim: lifelong resident of Manhattan, book lover, outsmarter of criminals, unrepentant critic of the Internet, and proud owner of a Laser Taser 3000 (though she has vowed never to use it, unless absolutely necessary). After being mugged, Miss Prim decides to leave the big city and purchase a home in the country, where she will be safe from the dangerous criminals who call New York home. A devoted reader of crime fiction, Miss Prim believes that her reading of detective novels has given her all the skills she needs to become an amateur sleuth in her new home base of Greenfield, Connecticut. Miss Prim gets the chance to prove her mettle when she finds a corpse in her basement. As Miss Prim searches for the victim's identity and killer, she finds her father's old journals, which create a crisis in her close-knit family. Meanwhile, Miss Prim's young friend, Dolly, has become involved in a dangerous situation and needs Miss Prim's help. As Miss Prim investigates (with her trusty Boxer, Bruno, at her side), she begins to suspect that someone in Greenfield is watching her every move, waiting for the right moment to strike. Will Miss Prim, with her insights into human behavior and her steadfast refusal to rely on forensic techniques (which she considers the crutches of lazy investigators), be able to save herself and bring everything to a satisfactory resolution? Filled with lovable characters and wry humor, The Outsmarting of Criminals is not only a delightful mystery novel but also a celebration of books and an homage to the mystery genre.

- (Midpoint Books)

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After being mugged in New York City, Miss Felicity Prim plans to embark on a new career: "criminal outsmarting." She is going to do it the cozy way by moving to a small hamlet in Connecticut, where she'll buy a cottage with a garden. All this in Chapter 1! The staff of the doctor's office where she works is distraught when Felicity announces her resignation, especially the doctor, who wants to marry her. She'll have none of this until she tries her new venture, though. Investigating as a concept gets decidedly real when a corpse turns up in her basement (a secret basement, by the way). Det. Ezra Dawes and his team make a valiant effort to keep up with Felicity. Concurrently, Felicity and her sister learn they have a secret half-sister, and thus she has a second case to solve. Mercy! VERDICT This title had me at the cover—all done in Edward Gorey style. The tongue-in-cheek humor Rigolosi showed in his earlier work (Androgynous Murder House Party) is key to this pitch-perfect mash-up of the greatest traditional/cozy mystery tropes. Similar in tone to Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series although with a contemporary setting; a pleasure from cover to cover.

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