Two Birds with One Stone by Sigrid Vansandt
Not a bad book.. You know that episode of the Golden Girls where they go to a murder mystery weekend? The book was kind of like that, but without Blanche and Rose, it just wasn’t as funny. On one hand, it was a fun, quick read. On the other hand, the first half of the book was hard for me to get into and I nearly DNF’ed it. It was one of those where the story really didn’t pick up until about halfway through the book. I’m glad I gave it a chance though, because the ending made up for it.
I really liked the plot; a man is found dead in a museum and American ex-pats and new BFFs Martha and Helen, both late middle aged, feel like they’re lacking a little excitement in their lives, start snooping to find a killer. I had no idea who the culprit was until the end of the book. The main characters were likable, if not a little ditzy and foolhardy.
There were a few plot threads that pulled me out of the story, though. The two guys who stole the manuscript out of the chief’s office was a bit much, as was Martha’s flirtation with the chief. In one scene, they run into him at a pub and Martha takes a swig of his beer. Seriously, who does that?
The scene I had a bigger issue with is where the chief locks them up in the jail after finding them at the crime scene. Who lets the police throw them in jail without calling a lawyer? Not me, that’s who. I’d be screaming for a lawyer before they closed the door of my cell.
Overall, Two Birds with One Stone was an entertaining read, and good enough that I’ll read the next book in the series.