Elizabeth Spann Craig. Pretty Is As Pretty Dies. Woodbury, MN: Midnight Ink, 2009.

The fictional town of Bradley, North Carolina is in a tizzy.  Parke Stockard, the hated real estate agent and developer who is as beautiful as she is mean, has just been murdered at the altar of the Methodist Church.  Although the townspeople are jarred by the murder, they are not sad to see Parke go.  Myrtle Clover, the octogenarian mother of the police chief, has decided to use this unfortunate event to her benefit as a way to prove to her son, Red, that any discussion of her moving into the Greener Pastures Retirement Home is unnecessary.  Myrtle is a spry retired English teacher who begins to investigate the case and discovers that many of the townspeople and her fellow United Methodist Women members could be suspects.  As Myrtle identifies more clues, another death takes place.  However, this time the victim is someone who is well-liked but probably knew too much.  Myrtle must find the answer to the mystery before another death – including her own – takes place.

Pretty Is As Pretty Dies is Craig’s second “Myrtle Clover Mystery” novel.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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