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"Mims's solid debut introduces geologist Cleo Cooper, whose find of a huge, previously undiscovered granite deposit in coastal North Carolina can make her rich — if she and her drilling crew survive the exploration. A signed contract with the landowner, Gladys Walton, may not be enough for Gladys's greedy son and daughter, who will do anything to get their hands on their mother's property. If Cleo can safeguard Gladys from Gladys's grasping family and a less than honest mining company, Cleo's crew can complete the drilling for core samples and finalize the contract. Life is complicated by the presence of Cleo's ex-husband, Bud, and Nash Finley, a persistent suitor. Both Cleo and Gladys must fight for their lives against a killer who's determined to win. Despite a long, slow finish, readers will want to get to know Cleo better in future installments. Agent: Kimberly Cameron, Kimberly Cameron & Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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nrlymrtl, March 23, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
When I finished this book, I let out a deep sigh, blinked, and immediately looked around for the next Cleo Cooper mystery. Alas, there is not one. Yet. Though I have heard there is potentially another in the making. Lee Mims, take all the time you need to do your craft. I can wait for excellence. Simply, I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery and I want more. This book didn’t try to outreach itself and kept the story line simple, fun, and engaging. One of the main things I appreciated about it was the protagonist Cleo. She knows what she wants and goes for it, in business, in recreation, and in bed.

If I have to chat about the faults of this book, which were few and minor and didn’t detract from my enjoyment, then I will. There are 2 handguns used by Cleo in this book, a Beretta and a Glock. However, she used some slang (baby 9) and I occasionally thought she was talking about the Glock and then later thought she was referring to the Beretta. So, if you are a handgun aficionado this discrepancy would probably stand out for you like it did for me. Also, there is one scene where our heroine shoots in a darkened house at someone she believes is a bad guy, which folks might question for all sorts of safety reasons �" you can’t really tell if there is a third party or not in the house and shooting gives away your position quite well. And that’s all I got for flaws. Yep.

I liked the use of wildlife, nature, and a pet dog throughout the book to give the main characters depth. The minor conflict between Cleo and her ex-husband (he wants her back, the kids want her to go back to him) was intriguing; Cleo is quite good at setting her boundaries and still having a friendly, even friendly with benefits, relationship with her ex-husband. Cleo also has a snarky sense of humor �" in particular there was a certain 9 inch joke during a boat chase that had me groaning and laughing at the same time. All in all, I am looking forward to the sequel coming out and seeing what other trouble Cleo can get into and out of. And I nearly forgot about the frogmore stew! I bet some of you wish I had �" hehe!
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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, March 11, 2013 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Cleo Cooper, divorced mother of two and geologist turned amateur sleuth, rocks in Lee Mims' debut mystery. Action, drama, and science has never come together quite so entertainingly as in Hiding Gladys.

Hiding Gladys begins with a bang when Cleo's caught on the road with a rattle snake slinking through her jeep as she's heading towards her latest job. She's found granite on her friend Gladys Walton's land and is expecting a big payout if her testing results are conclusive. While setting the land up for testing, Cleo stumbles across a dead body. Investigation begins and the hunt for Gladys, an important key to this twisted mystery who seems to have disappeared, ensues.

Mims keeps her readers in suspense, but the story keeps moving. While Cleo sorts out whether Gladys' rotten children are trying to remove their mother from the picture, she's either working on the land or working to avoid her ex-husband, Bud. She'd rather rely on fellow geologist and ex-army ranger, Nash, to get her out of a jam. Along the way she keeps her eyes peeled for clues and answers to the questions forming the big picture.

Geology isn't the first subject you'd expect in mystery, but Mims makes it work. The explanations of Cleo's work is far from humdrum, but intriguing substance to fill the story's atmosphere. The one thing that was hard to imagine was this 45 year old woman running around and fulfilling some very physical scenes. It helped that her field has made her used to such activeness, but I couldn't help slipping up and imagining her as a spry 29 year old, at least.

The first Cleo Cooper Mystery is a charming mystery, one that you would do well to get a hold of as soon as possible! A little humor draws you into Cleo's life and that of her family, even giving Hiding Gladys a cozy aura.
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ISBN:
9780738734231
Author:
Mims, Lee
Publisher:
Midnight Ink
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mims's solid debut introduces geologist Cleo Cooper, whose find of a huge, previously undiscovered granite deposit in coastal North Carolina can make her rich — if she and her drilling crew survive the exploration. A signed contract with the landowner, Gladys Walton, may not be enough for Gladys's greedy son and daughter, who will do anything to get their hands on their mother's property. If Cleo can safeguard Gladys from Gladys's grasping family and a less than honest mining company, Cleo's crew can complete the drilling for core samples and finalize the contract. Life is complicated by the presence of Cleo's ex-husband, Bud, and Nash Finley, a persistent suitor. Both Cleo and Gladys must fight for their lives against a killer who's determined to win. Despite a long, slow finish, readers will want to get to know Cleo better in future installments. Agent: Kimberly Cameron, Kimberly Cameron & Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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