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A Plague Among Us by Deb Pines

A Plague Among Us is the eighth book in Deb Pines’ traditional whodunit Chautauqua Mysteries featuring the wise and witty reporter/grandma sleuth Mimi Goldman. “An Agatha Christie for the text-message age,” IndieReader calls the series. It’s August 2020 when Al Martin, the editor of a satiric newspaper, dies and is declared Chautauqua’s first coronavirus fatality. The local consensus is: good riddance. Shannon Martin, a sister, arrives with questions like why was Al cremated in such a hurry and who was pranking him (with near-Biblical plagues) near the end. The police stay out of it. Reporter and relentless snoop Mimi Goldman agrees to help. But when she and Shannon start unearthing ugly secrets lurking among the charming cottages, leafy streets and masked-for-COVID residents of the historic summer arts community, Shannon flees. So it takes Mimi, with help from her usual sidekick, 95-year-old Sylvia Pritchard, to find which of Al’s many haters — including an estranged wife, three bitter siblings, a secretive caregiver, old enemies and numerous targets of his poison-pen sarcasm—might be a ruthless killer. Fans of Agatha Christie and Louise Penny and “Only Murders in the Building” will enjoy this twist-filled mystery Kirkus Reviews calls, “An intriguing and engaging crime tale with some levity to lighten the pandemic element.”
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