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Murder on the Toy Town Express: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery by Barbara Early

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series  
Setting - New York  
Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)  
Hardcover: 304 pages ISBN-13: 978-1683313090 


Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.
What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.
The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries.


About The Author

Barbara Early earned an engineering degree, but after four years of doing nothing but math, developed a sudden allergy to the subject and decided to choose another occupation. Before she settled on murdering fictional people, she was a secretary, a school teacher, a pastor’s wife, and an amateur puppeteer. After several years living elsewhere, she and her husband moved back to her native Western New York State, where she enjoys cooking, crafts, classic movies and campy seventies television, board games, and posting pictures of her four cats on Facebook. She writes the Vintage Toyshop series and the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries (as Beverly Allen).

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This book was even better than the first one. Liz and her Dad are at a local toy expo type show when her old childhood bully suddenly falls from the ceiling collapsing a train set-up. It is looking like he will recover when he suddenly has a heart attack and dies. As if that is not bad enough several other strange things are happening at the same time which also need to be looked into. Her dad is hired as a temporary head of security for the even site which opens the way into the investigation which is all these two can really think about. The characters are all well developed with little quirks that make you just love them rooting for them as the story keeps going (especially when it comes to the personal issues such as romance). Getting attached is quite easy which makes me anxious for the next installment in the series. The toy shop adds just the right note of whimsy to the story and a nice background for most of the events to occur (the game nights are quite interesting). The crazy investigation was a hoot with both her and her dad really getting into it which adds several layers to the overall story. This is an excellent cozy mystery that I highly recommend to fans of that genre. I really enjoyed it so it gets 4/5 stars.


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