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Read all about it. There has been a gnomicide.
Tobi Fletcher wants to be taken seriously as a journalist. She is trying to get the political story of the year but things seem to keep happening to kill the story. She is sent to a street where there has been a murder. Okay, probably not a conventional murder but a gnome murder. Tobi meets the people in the street as she tries to work out who is kidnapping and killing the community gnomes.
Tobi has much to live up to in her family. Her family is very well known and that impacts on her view of things as she wants to be successful under her own steam. She has allergies and a boyfriend she finally breaks up with. While investigating the gnomicide, one of the teenage boys hits on her, which she finds somewhat troublesome. During the course of writing her series of articles about the gnomicide, she solves many of the issues and problems of the people in that street, and also makes a name for herself. The flow-on effect is that she gets her political story. It means a tough decision for Tobi.
Simon Hanson lives in the street. He called the newspaper on his daughter’s behalf as he wants to show her that this gnomicide is something that should be taken seriously. He is attracted to Tobi and is more than happy to assist as long as he can spend time with Tobi. Simon is a very patient man and takes a slowly, slowly approach with Tobi (which can be frustratingly slow for the reader).
In the story we meet many of Tobi’s family, including her mother who dates her editor (and the editor falls apart when he is dumped). Then there is her sister who is divorced and looking for something more in life. We hear about her grandfather, although we don’t meet him. The family is certainly an eccentric mix and add to the story’s humorous side.
This is funny story. There are many gnome jokes and the reader may come up with one or two of their own to add to the story.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.