Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Book Review About Grandmotherly Detectives and Cabana Boys

Okay. Not all of the grandmotherly detectives like cabana boys, and Tansy and Ida Mae are both a little surprised that straitlaced Arlette does--after all, at home, she's the one who keeps people whipped into shape.

However, this is not home. It's Mexico, where the three friends have come to bring Ida Mae's nephew, Ren, home from his mission. They go a few days early to have a dream vacation before meeting Ren, who is doing his best to end his mission quietly (except for his movie quotes) and with honor. Little does he know what lies in store. When Aunt Ida Mae is around, things are never ordinary.

Sun, sand, surf, jewel thieves, who needs anything more, right? You're probably thinking, "Wait, jewel thieves?" Yep. Trouble finds the silver-haired sleuths running straight into the clutches of not one, but two international jewel/artifact thieves. Or is it really one legitimate thief and one not-so-legitimate thief? Who knows? What we do know is that one way or another, Ida Mae and her friends will find a way to solve the mystery, or else they might not come back from their tropical vacation.

Targets and Ties by Tristi Pinkston is a clean, mild-mannered mystery with a little extra fun, a whole lotta spunk, and a touch of religion. One of my favorite things about this book is how Tristi has developed all her characters. Each one has a very defined personality. I'd love to be on an adventure with these gals.  The humor is clever, which I love. An easy, quick read, Targets in Ties is great for an entertaining getaway that doesn't get your heart pounding so hard you can't settle down at night, but keeps you turning pages wondering what Ida Mae and her cohorts friends are going to do next.

I am so looking forward to the next one in this series!

Tristi is celebrating the release of Targets and Ties by giving away a prize! (I'm a poet and I know it! Well . . . kind of. Maybe.)

The goods:

Leave a comment on this blog post, and go visit Tristi's blog at and become a follower.  You will then be entered to win this fun scrapbooking pack, including paper, tags, two decals, and metal tag frames. You have until midnight Mountain time on March 3rd to enter to win.

The lovely author herself!

Buy Targets in Ties online at Amazon

Visit Tristi's website for info about all of her books. I highly recommend it. I mean them. The website and the books. 

*I was not bribed in any way for my review, though if someone offered me Cadbury caramel eggs or Reese's pb eggs, I might cave. Or eat them in a cave. With some of Tristi's books for company. Give me a fuzzy blanket and a warm fire to keep away wild animals, and I'm in 100%.*


Ann T. said...

What a cute review. I, too, love Tristi's books. The Secret Sisters series is really fun, since I am a silverhaired grandmother myself.

Roberta H. said...

Thanks for the great review!! Looks like a GREAT book!!