Title: Death of A Toy Solider by: Barbara Early

by - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Title: Death of A Toy Solider
Author: Barbara Early
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Series: Vintage Toy Shop Mystery #1
Pages: 304
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley


Liz McCall grew up in a playful winter wonderland but it was never her dream to manage her father’s vintage toyshop. However, after he sank his entire police pension into the business, someone needed to help him turn his dreams into reality—and keep him from sneaking off to patrol the not-so-mean streets of East Aurora, NY.

The mood goes from nice to naughty when a nervous man, who was trying to have his antique toys appraised, is found in the shop with a lawn dart through his chest. Suddenly, Liz’s business plan is plunged into deep freeze, while she and her father find themselves toying with a cold-blooded killer who’s playing for keeps.

Now, it looks like Christmas might be cancelled for the neighborhood kids if Liz can't wrap up the case in Barbara Early's delightful debut Death of a Toy Soldier.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Liz McCall and her dad Hank who use to be the cheif of police and likes to on very bad days go patrolling looking for bad guys.  In this book a man stops by to drop of a box of old toys to get pricing on their value.  He hands Liz a card and leaves.  Later that night Liz finds the body of the man with the toys and her dad in her shop one is dead one is knocked out.  Who was the toy man and what did he want in the shop that late?  Why didn't the alarm go off?, and what is her father up to now?

This was a fabulous new series which led you to a small toy store and Liz and Hank and all they go through interviewing people to get to the bottom of the murder.  Who had the most to gain and was it related to another recent death?  It was such fun with the puns and the father daughter relationship.  I wish I could go to this toy shop and be friends with Liz and follow them around as the search out clues along the way.  Great for the toy lover in all of us!

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