Who Killed 'Tom Jones'?
by Gale Martin
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 15, 2014
Genre: Adult Murder/Mystery/Humor
Page Count: 253
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
In Gale Martin’s newest
novel, Ellie Overton is a 28-year-old rest home receptionist with a
pussycat nose who also happens to be gaga for the pop singer Tom Jones.
Regrettably single, she is desperate to have a red-hot love
relationship, like those she’s read about in romance novels. Following
an astrological hunch, she attends a Tom Jones Festival and meets an
available, young impersonator with more looks than talent. Though he’s
knocked out of the contest, he’s still in the running to become Ellie’s
blue-eyed soul mate—until he’s accused of killing off the competition.
It’s not unusual that the handsome police detective working the case is
spending more time pursuing Ellie than collaring suspects. So, she
enlists the wily and witty rest home residents to help find the real
murderer. Must Ellie forfeit her best chance for lasting love to crack
Who Killed Tom Jones? by Gale Martin
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Is it wrong to say I laughed at least 50 times throughout this murder mystery? Ellie’s biological clock is ticking, she’s looking for love, but no one ever matches up to her long time crush, Tom Jones, yep, THAT Tom Jones. Deciding to break out of her normally sedate life, working at the Finger Rest Home, Ellie attends a Tom Jones impersonation contest held in the fairgrounds of her home town, Pankey, PA, and yes, there is a sister city named Hankey. (See why I laughed so much?) Upon returning for round two of the competition, Ellie decides the resident of the assisted living facility would enjoy the concert, but can she contain them? One of the “Toms” is murdered and the one man who caught her eye and maybe her heart was his biggest competitor and is found standing suspiciously over the body. Could he be the killer? Has her fickle love life done it to her again or will her belief in her personal Tom Jones be strong enough to turn her into an amateur sleuth with a team of senior detectives to back her up. Her job is in jeopardy, but Ellie is determined to crack the case of Who Killed Tom Jones? wide open. After all, who can sing her favorite song, “What’s New Pussy Cat” so well?
Gale Martin must be fun at a party, or while standing in line at the grocery store! She perfectly captures each moment and runs with it across the pages at warp speed! And her characters? Talk about brilliant casting! Quirky seniors, a quirky boss and no wonder Ellie is like a whirling dervish! Ellie’s mental dialogue, the dialogue she shares with others is priceless, a few hours in her head and I had tears in my eyes from laughing! Ms. Martin has taken a little mystery, an unknown murderer, a ton of mayhem and rolled it up in a sugary-good coating of humor and word play! Her writing is like listening to Tom Jones on a 33 RPM record at 45 RPM! Yep, makes for a whole new level of entertainment, just like Who Killed Tom Jones?
I received this copy as part of the Who Killed Tome Jones Tour & Giveaway stopping at Tome Tender April 13, 2014.