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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Gertrude, Gumshoe: Slam Is Murder by Robin Merrill is an entertaining sleuth mystery that will keep you in stitches. Gertrude is a gumshoe; never mind that she doesn't have a car and has to use a walker to get around. Nothing will deter Gertrude from doing what she sets out to do; she is determined to fight crime. Two unrelated deaths, which occurred after both of the deceased had left a poetry slam, caught Gertrude's avid attention. Now she is determined to find the link between the two and bring a killer to justice. Dragging Calvin, her reluctant neighbor and part-time partner and driver to a poetry reading in Portland, Gertrude goes undercover as a participant in the poetry slam. After the killer keys Calvin's car, can he be induced to continue chauffeuring Gertrude in her investigation? Can Gertrude find the murderer before he or she strikes again?
Hilarity follows Gertrude as she bungles her way through her case in Gertrude, Gumshoe: Slam Is Murder by Robin Merrill. Gertrude is such a sensational character, who is so eccentric and audacious that you can't help but like her, even though she is brash. Jessica Fletcher's character from the television series, "Murder She Wrote" may have been gracious, but she was never this compelling nor intuitive! Engaging characters, a well thought out plot, a storyline that moves along with a flourish, and Gertrude's amusing and pithy poems make a captivating combination. This is one book in a marvelous one-of-a-kind sleuth murder mystery series, and I am looking forward to more of Gertrude's antics. It is a fantastic novel that works well as a standalone and will delight cozy mystery fans everywhere!