Gertrude, Gumshoe Cozy Mystery Box Set by Robin Merrill

December 11th, 2017 Kimberly Review 21 Comments

11th Dec

Gertrude Gumshoe

The Gertrude, Gumshoe Cozy Mystery Box Set by Robin Merrill contains the first three installments in the hilarious Gertrude, Gumshoe Cozy Mystery series: Introducing Gertrude, GumshoeGertrude, Gumshoe: Murder at Goodwill and Gertrude, Gumshoe and the VardSale Villain. Come meet this zany old lady for laughs, mysteries, and cats.

Gertrude, Gumshoe Cozy Mystery Box Set by Robin Merrill
Introducing Gertrude, Gumshoe
by Robin Merrill
Series: Gertrude Gumshoe #1
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Gertrude has been called a lot of things: a hoarder, an odd duck, and a crazy cat lady—but she's never been called a gumshoe. Until now. When her neighbor goes missing, she can't help but get involved, no matter how many people ask her not to.


In Introducing Gertrude, Gumshoe we meet Gertrude (Gert to her friends) a disabled cat lady whose a bit of a curmudgeon. After taking a count of her cats she discovers one has escaped her trailer and sets out with her walker to find Tornado (the missing cat). A woman and her two young children have recently moved into one of the trailers and it is here she discovers Tornado. Only the kids aren’t at school and their mother is missing. What began as a quest to find their mom soon leads to a murder mystery. The cops dismiss, Gertrude’s investigative skills and encourage her to go home, but she has evidence and sets out to save others and catch a killer! Oh lord, Gert is an absolute hoot. Rude, surly, and apt to say whatever pops out of her mouth, I couldn’t help but laugh at her over the top antics. I wouldn’t call her lovable but she is entertaining. She gains help from the disability van service, a friend and even enlists her reluctant neighbor Old Man Crow. Humor, a little suspense and Gertrude’s over the top mannerisms, conversations, and actions made this a quick fun read.

Gertrude, Gumshoe Cozy Mystery Box Set by Robin Merrill
Gertrude, Gumshoe: Murder at Goodwill
by Robin Merrill
Series: Gertrude Gumshoe #2
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Gertrude is back! When she finds a murder victim at her local Goodwill, she tries to tell the Sheriff's Department everything she knows. Of course, they don't listen. So of course, she must solve the mystery herself. And the only way she can figure to do this is to go undercover—as the Mattawooptock Goodwill's newest team member. Anyone who knows Gertrude knows this probably isn't the best idea. She'll probably get fired. Or arrested. Or worse.

Gertrude is back in Gertrude, Gumshoe: Murder at Goodwill.  Needing to get her Christmas shopping done, she calls the van and gets a ride to the local Goodwill. It’s Saturday and quite crowded. After rummaging through the children’s section she heads off to the perfume section where she makes a ghastly discovery. She discovers the body of a dead woman and the ugliest green lamp she has ever seen. She lets out a scream and is soon discovered by employees. She turns to tell them she simply found the body and that quick the lamp disappears. Hale the local handsome detective is shocked to find Gert at another murder scene and angers Gert when he isn’t upset about the missing lamp. Once again Gert beings investigating, even going to so far as to secure a job at Goodwill.  A burglary, boobytraps, and trouble insue as Gert and her reluctant neighbor investigate. For me, this was a stronger story and I enjoyed seeing familiar characters.  This was a quick, funny, and clever case that I quite enjoyed.

Gertrude, Gumshoe Cozy Mystery Box Set by Robin Merrill
Gertrude, Gumshoe and the VardSale Villain
by Robin Merrill
Series: Gertrude Gumshoe #3
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Samantha Cooper is missing and her boyfriend is desperate to find her. Desperate enough to hire Gertrude, Gumshoe. Thrilled to have her first real client, Gertrude gets right to work. But is she really ready for a real case? Can she catch a kidnapper without getting herself kidnapped?

Again we see a tie-in from a former character in Gertrude, Gumshoe and the VardSale Villain. In the first story, we met Andy a janitor who works at Private Eyes (a dance club) His girlfriend is missing and Gertrude has her first paying customer. Thanks to a calendar she learns Samantha Cooper was met by a seller from a wildly popular site called Vardsale. She enlists the help of Calvin (Old Man Crow) since she needs A. his computer and B. a ride. Gertrude’s investigations have her meeting sellers, gathers clues and getting herself in trouble. Hilarious, and daring Merrill delivered another interesting case.

 

You can buy these books individually or grab The Gertrude, Gumshoe Cozy Mystery Box Set containing all three cozy mysteries. These are fast reads and total about the length of a full novel. Gertrude is hilarious from her jitterbug to interactions with Hale, a local police officer. If you are looking for a hilarious, light cozy mystery these are great fun. Each book was stronger than its predecessor and I enjoyed Gertrude’s antics.

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About Robin Merrill

Robin Merrill

Robin Merrill has authored several books, including the #1 Amazon bestselling Shelter and the popular Jesus Diet devotionals. Her work has appeared in hundreds of publications, and three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She is a 2013 recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Club Foundation of Boston and has represented Maine at three national poetry slams.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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21 Responses to “Gertrude, Gumshoe Cozy Mystery Box Set by Robin Merrill”

    • Kimberly

      You are very welcome. I meant to email you the link today, but my daughter has mono and I have had my grandbabies (2 and 1) since Friday.

  1. Tyler H. Jolley

    I thought for a second this was a Nona’s Corner post, the covers really threw me for a loop. Lol.

    • Kimberly

      I would have been ok with that since I always do Nonna’s Corner on Wednesday. Then we could just jump ahead and tomorrow would be Thursday!

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