Thursday, June 24, 2010
Sink Trap by Christy Evans
Title: Sink Trap
Author: Christy Evans
ISBN: 9780425230794, Berkley Prime Crime, 2009
Genre: Cozy, Amateur Sleuth, #1 Georgiana Neverall mystery
Source: purchased at The Poisoned Pen
First Line: "Georgiana? Georgiana Neverall, is that you under there?"
Former computer security expert Georgiana Neverall is now a plumber's apprentice and is enjoying every minute of it until she finds Martha Tepper's favorite brooch clogging a drain in an old warehouse. No one else seems to think it's a big deal, so Georgiana decides to do a bit of sleuthing on her own. It's not long at all before she needs more than a bit of plumber's tape and a wrench to keep out of danger.
This is a light, fun mystery with plenty in it to bring me back for more. Georgiana isn't afraid of hard work and brings a welcome sense of humor to her new profession: "Plumbers, in my limited experience, spent an inordinate amount of time underneath sinks.... Lately, I identified everyone by their shoes." She's coming down from the high anxiety of her former business and learning to like the woman she's becoming. She's enjoying life being owned by her two Airedales, Daisy and Buddha, and after all those childhood summers camped out in the mystery section of the local library, Georgiana has learned to be observant and notice significant details.
The only two real drawbacks to me were Georgiana's nagging, fault finding mother, and the plain and simple fact that everyone else took so long to figure out that Martha Tepper hadn't retired to Arizona.
It's common for most cozy mysteries to have some sort of theme and recipes or helpful tips. To be honest, for the most part, I tend to skim over them all because they hold very little interest for me. I have to make an exception for Sink Trap. I found Evans' plumbing tips to be interesting and worthwhile.
A main character I'd like to invite over for coffee (and not to take a look at that dripping faucet), two great dogs, a fun cast of secondary characters, an interesting whodunit to solve and free plumbing tips? Where's the next book in this series?