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
Rating: B+
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?


  1. I was just looking at one of this series which is available very cheap at a local online've tempted me :)

  2. Cathy - You've tempted me, too. I like this main character already and haven't even met her! Thanks for this review.

  3. Bernadette-- Good! :)

    Margot-- You're welcome!

  4. The cover alone has me hooked, it's so frickin cute. Thanks for the review.

  5. Ryan-- I have to admit that that's one of the best looking covers I've seen in a long time.

  6. First of all, I'll say that Berkley Prime Crime has the best covers ever. And they are very consistent about it.

    Secondly, I had no idea that cozies had branched out so far. A plumbing cozy. LOL I love it. Thanks for sharing about this one, Cathy!

  7. Kay-- I'm making myself become more aware of covers, and I noticed this about Berkley Prime Crime after I subscribed to their newsletter.

    I know... a plumbing cozy? Who knew? LOL

  8. Sounds like you've found another good cozy series I need to try out. Interested in this seems to be a new theme.

  9. Thanks for the kind words! I am so glad you like Georgie - she's been such a fun character to get to know. The second book, LEAD PIPE CINCH, came out this spring, and there's a third - DRIP DEAD - coming next February!

    Thanks again!

    Christy Evans

  10. Christy-- Thanks so much for paying a visit. I have both the second and third books in the series on my wish list at Paperback Swap AND I'm keeping my eyes peeled for them at my favorite Indie bookstore, The Poisoned Pen. One way or the other, I WILL be reading more about Georgie!


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