Monday, September 19, 2016

My Nails and My Book Review - Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton


Title: Pushing Up Daisies
Series: Agatha Raisin #27
Author: M.C. Beaton

Goodreads Summary: When Agatha Raisin left behind her PR business in London, she fulfilled her dream of settling in the cozy British Cotswolds where she began a successful private detective agency. Unfortunately, the village she lives in is about to get a little less cozy. Lord Bellington, a wealthy land developer, wants to turn the community garden into a housing estate. When Agatha and her friend Sir Charles Fraith attempt to convince Lord Bellington to abandon his plans he scoffs: “Do you think I give a damn about those pesky villagers?” So when Agatha finds his obituary in the newspaper two weeks later, it’s no surprise that some in town are feeling celebratory.

The villagers are relieved to learn that Bellington’s son and heir, Damian, has no interest in continuing his father’s development plans. But the police are definitely interested in him―as suspect number one. His father’s death, it seems, was no accident. But when Damian hires Agatha to find the real killer, she finds no shortage of suspects. The good news is that a handsome retired detective named Gerald has recently moved to town. Too bad he was seen kissing another newcomer. But when she is also found murdered, Gerald is eager to help Agatha with the case. Agatha, Gerald, and her team of detectives must untangle a web of contempt in order to uncover a killer’s identity.

My Review: **I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**

Agatha Raisin has to be one of the most unique characters that I've read. She should be obnoxious and exasperating, but instead she is almost endearing. The mystery was interesting, with plenty of twists. The only thing that I didn't like was that it seemed to focus too much on the tangled romantic lives of the characters.

My Manicure: Hmmm, no pie maker that brings people back to life? Just kidding, but if you get that reference, you are awesome! So, I was kind of stuck for what to do for this book. Then I remembered I have a crime scene plate. And that led to crime scene tape and chalk body outlines. I started with three coats of an unlabeled Color Club yellow, and two coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black. The stamping is done with Messy Mansion plate MM28, Sinful Colors Black on Black, and Zoya Purity.

After taking pictures of it all shiny and new looking, I thought "hmmmm, chalk outline... chalky look... matte top coat." Sadly, it ended up a little streaky, but the effect is perfect for this look.


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