Friday, October 6, 2017

Series: The Nosy Parker Mysteries
Genre:  Journey Fiction, Historical, Mystery 
Publisher: Indie
Publication date: August 1, 2017

Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy 
Heights Girls' Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy 
Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes,
 and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to
 work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little
 corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more 
sensible careers. Until... 
Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led 
to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her
 Master's Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance
 exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel 
in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately,
 on her first night working in the Archives room, she 
discovers the dead body of a visiting professor,
 the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again. 
As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame
 Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, 
whom can she trust? How can she clear her name?
 The police and the American Consul have plenty 
of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive
 and opportunity: Heather and the quiet 
Scottish historian she longs to believe in.

      Okay, I hope you are having a great week. Mine has been crazy and
that is okay because I’m a little crazy too. For example, yesterday I was
typing this review, had it finished and went to save it and it disappeared
into cyber space or wherever things go when you can’t find them. So,
there ya go but you know what I’ll rewrite the review and life will go on.
The Case of The Clobbered Cad” reminds me of my youth when I read
The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. I love the who-dun-it books. This is a great mystery with all the character and the trying to figure out “WHO-DUN-IT” you’re looking for.
       Heather is so brave to be in a foreign country with no family trying to finish her degree. Throughout she finds friends she can rely on or can she. You will twist and turn trying to discover the culprit. Is
it someone she knows, has she been set up or maybe it’s someone she doesn’t expect at all. I will say that Mrs. Kintyre is my favorite character. She’s nosy and likes to play detective and she doesn’t let
anyone stop her. She is a hoot!!!
            My advice on this book: READ IT!!!

Karen Hadley
Rating: 4*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.

Debra E. Marvin is a member of ACFW, Sisters in Crime, a Grace Awards Judge, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She’s one of the founders of Inkwell Inspirations Blog, and is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction and contracted with Barbour Publishing. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University in upstate NY, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling   with her childhood friends.


  1. We reference “The Girl Detective” but we never actually use her name!  You know who I’m talking about though, don’t you?
  2. The book is set in 1956.  Can you guess why I chose that particular year? Go ahead. You won’t offend me!
  3. Heather’s first trip abroad is to the U.K. Sixty years later, Debra made her first trip abroad and was greeted in the Edinburgh airport by a lovely customs agent with a broad Scottish accent. (Debra grinned like an eejit!)
  4. The Case of the Clobbered Cad was originally set in Old Sturbridge Village because I wanted to visit there. The heroine was a history major doing an internship.  When I made the last minute decision to buy a ticket to Scotland, I asked my publisher if she minded if I changed the setting! She loved the idea!
  5. Like Heather, my grandfather was Scottish. (though mine was born in the U.S. to a Scottish immigrant family). He insisted I was “Scots t’ the backbone and prood of it.” What a thrill to be able to visit the village where his my great-grandparents called home.
  6. I visited the Archeology Department at the University of Edinburgh and went inside the archives room. If you read the book, you’ll understand why that was so important! (Though in 1956, the setting was completely different!)
  7. I actually stayed on both of the Edinburgh streets used as ‘home addresses’ for two of my characters.
  8. Some retired policemen and professors answered my questions, including a gentleman with an OBE.  You do know what that means, don’t you?
  9. Lisa Richardson, author of The Counterfeit Clue designed the covers!
  10. While my earlier published works have been sweet romances, mysteries are my first love and I hope to take Heather elsewhere in Scotland and Ireland.

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  1. Thanks for being part of the tour, Karen. What a fun review! Mrs. K will be in the next book, as she's become quite the celebrity now. :)

  2. P.S. Sorry to hear you had to chase down a lost review. what a *mystery*!

  3. Hi Karen! Thanks so much for being part of the Singing Librarian Tour! Sydney did such a great job with those memes! I appreciate your review and I hope to meet some new readers here.
    Mrs. Kintyre is definitely a favorite. Heather will be taking her along on her next vacation and I hope nothing bad happens! (kidding!) Someone is bound to come to a bad end along the way.

  4. Hi Karen! Thanks so much for participating in the Singing Librarian Tour. I appreciate your review and I hope your readers will take a chance on sleuthing with Heather!