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    Christy Evans(Author)

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When Georgiana Neverall's corporate lifestyle goes down the drain, she moves back home to Pine Ridge, Oregon, and apprentices herself to Barry the Plumber. Her uptight, super-successful realtor mother is disgusted, but Georgiana loves her new occupation. She's a bit surprised when she finds the favorite brooch of Martha Tepper, the town's former librarian, clogging a sink. Martha supposedly retired to Arizona, and Georgiana has a sinking feeling.

Georgiana Neverall, a software engineer turned plumber, finds big trouble clogging a warehouse drain in Evans's cute cozy mystery debut. Georgie knows something bad has happened to Martha Tepper when she fishes the supposedly retired librarian's beloved brooch out of a pipe, but her boyfriend, City Councilmember Wade Montgomery, and the police dismiss her concerns. It's left to Georgie, her friend Sue and her boss's wife, Paula, to track down Martha's body with a little help from Georgie's Airedales, Daisy and Buddha. Suspects include Georgie's mother's boyfriend and Martha's accountant—who happens to be Wade. Evans garnishes the relatively straightforward mystery with plumbing tips and moments of wry humor from Georgie's interaction with her take-charge mother, her too-chatty friends and her adorable dogs. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition. Christy Evans is the author of the Georgiana Neverall mysteries, including Drip Dead, Lead-Pipe Cinch, and Sink Trap. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 367 pages
  • Christy Evans(Author)
  • Wheeler Publishing; Large Print edition (April 16, 2010)
  • English
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  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Marlene Homer on February 12, 2011

    Titles in this promising cozy series are: (1)Sink Trap (A GEORGIANA NEVERALL MYSTERY), (2)Lead-Pipe Cinch (A GEORGIANA NEVERALL MYSTERY), and (3)Drip Dead (A GEORGIANA NEVERALL MYSTERY). The Publisher's Blurb set the scene: "When Georgiana Neverall's fast-paced lifestyle goes down the drain, She moves back home, to Pine Ridge, Oregon, andapprentices herself to Barry the Plumber. Her uptight super-successful realtor mother isdisgusted, but Gerogiana loves her new occupation. She's surprised, however, when shefinds Martha Tepper's favorite brooch clogging a sink. The town's former librariansupposedly retired to Arizona, but everyone who knew her says she would never have leftwithout that brooch." What I liked from the start was the idea of a woman plumber. She workedhard and in the process provided several plumbing hints. For example: "To keep yourgarbage disposal odor-free, run a citrus rind - orange, lemon, grapefruit - through itabout once a week." {Page 59} I also liked the small-town setting in a state not often featured in amystery. And, although there was a lack of strong character development, I liked mostI met, both human and animal. {Every good cozy should include an animal}. A listfollows: (1)WADE: Georgie's boyfriend, city council member, accountant. (2)SUE:Georgie's best girlfriend, owner and operator of Doggy Day Spa. (3)BARRY: Georgie'sboss, owner and operator of Hickey & Hickey Plumbing. (4)PAULA: Georgie's friend, newlibrarian, wife of Barry. (5)SEAN: Georgie's divorced co-worker. (6)JANIS: Georgie'snewest friend, former cook and housekeeper for Martha. (7)SANDRA: Georgie's widowedmother, employee of Whitlock Estates Realty. (8)GREGORY: Sandra's boss and boyfriend.(9)DAISY and (10)BUDDHA: Georgie's airedales. What I did not like from start to finish, and what made it three-starsfor me, was Georgiana's peevish, spoiled-brat demeanor. In this coffee shop scene forexample: "The people at the counter had gone back to their lunches, and the waitresswas busy at the other end of the room. No one was paying any more attention to us.'No one's looking, Wade, ' I said. They all know it's just Doc Neverall's nuttydaughter. You know, the one that went away to that fancy school and then decided to comeback here and be a plumber.' Bitterness rose in my throat and I washed it down with agulp of scalding coffee. 'I've heard them. This is a small town, as you remind me.Often. Everybody has an opinion, and a lot of them are quite happy to share it with youwhether you want to know or not.' Wade sighed and stared into his coffee cup."{Page 283}. I found Georgiana's attitude toward her mother especially disturbing andshameful. Witness the book's opening scene: " 'Georgiana, Georgiana Neverall, is thatyou under there?' My mother, Sandra Neverall, the doyenne of Whitlock Estates Realtyand one of the more demanding customers of Hickey & Hickey Plumbing, stood in the doorway. Her stylish stiletto heels, the only part of her visible from my position underthe utility sink, looked impossibly out of place on the dirty concrete of the warehousefloor. My mother could turn a simple hello into a referencum on my entire life. 'Yes,Mother, who else would it be but your only daughter.' I regretted it the instant thewords left my mouth. She knew how to push my buttons, and I knew she knew, but it didn't stop me from rising to her bait." {Page 11}. She called her "Sandra aka Mother," {Page 47} and at the book's end, herHelpful Top Ten Tools For Most Home Repairs concluded: "One final note: If I ever finda tool (a legal one!) that will help me deal with my mother, I'm adding it to thelist." {Page 368}. I'm adding the second book to my list, and, hopefully, the third.Thank you.

  • By Ellen Mahar on January 25, 2010

    Maybe I missed something but sometimes Gerorgiana has a VW Bettle and other times a Corvette. If not were are the editors or advance reaers?

  • By KaninchenFL on June 5, 2011

    The mystery in this book is pretty predictable. Even as far in to the book as about 1/2 (pg 133 to be exact), they STILL are in the discussion/wonderment phase of "Where is Martha?". You find yourself reading each person's rendition to the next person of how Martha left w/o her beloved brooch and how curious that is. It goes through several town residents and you still are not ANY closer to action being taken. IE: it drags in the first half. Unlike some others, I enjoy Georgie's "relationship" with her mother. No it's not perfect but whose is? The mom obviously cares for Georgie and vice versa. You have to have some spice in there and , since there is NO romance in this book (stress: NONE), well the spice comes in G's dealings with her mom. I also liked the quirky character of Janis. This is a somewhat bland book overall, but strangely enjoyable nonetheless. I agree with O.P. that you get NO description of Georgie and you really are left to your own imagination of what she looks like. Makes it hard to put her in mind's eye. There is also a lot of tea being heated, steeped and served, and you are treated to many passages of the dogs being let in/let out/given treats. I mean, it's a cozy so not high literature. I will try book 2 in this series but as another poster mentioned, if it's not a bit better, I won't buy book 3.

  • By Deborah V on February 11, 2010

    Georgie Neverall moves back home to Pine Ridge, Oregon and leaves her corporate image behind. She apprentices herself to Barry the Plumber, scandalizing her mother!Georgie never realized that she'd love plumbing and all the intricacies involved with fixing sinks! She finds the town librarian's brooch in a sink trap--the librarian who supposedly moved to Arizona without her favorite brooch! Georgie goes to the police and tries to convince them of foul play, but they don't listen. She is sure she is on the right track as she has several near accidents.My biggest issue with the story was the implausibility of the mystery itself. The police surely in "real life" would have become involved far more quickly than they did--especially in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and their business. Martha, the town librarian, was known by all and she left behind her belongings, didn't forward her mail etc. Kind of a glaring clue that she is dead?! The characters are fun and quirky, but some of the relationships need strengthening which will probably occur as Christy Evans develops the series. Definitely worth a read.

  • By JAH on February 4, 2010

    I just finished reading SINK TRAP - and thoroughly enjoyed it. Georgiana Neverall is a fun new amateur sleuth winning lots of well-deserved praise. The cute cover caught my eye, but it was the story that drew me in - and every time I had to stop reading, I couldn't wait to get back to see what was going to happen next. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the plumbing tips, too. Georgiana and this new group of characters are interesting, genuine, and people I want to learn more about - Sue, Wade, Barry, and even Sandra, her mom. I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series - there's a lot of more to Georgie than first meets the eye. Christy Evans has crafted an excellent mystery with a very plausible plot, and more than a few red herrings. Ms. Evans is definitely on my auto-buy list!

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