May Day Minneapolitan Mira James has been taking it easy since college graduation too easy Due to a dead end job and a cheating boyfriend the Twin Cities have lost their charm and Mira decides to begin a ne

  • Title: May Day
  • Author: Jess Lourey
  • ISBN: 9780738708386
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • Minneapolitan Mira James has been taking it easy since college graduation too easy Due to a dead end job and a cheating boyfriend, the Twin Cities have lost their charm, and Mira decides to begin a new life in rural Battle Lake Right away she is offered jobs as an assistant librarian and part time reporter, and falls into an unexpected romance with a guy who seems to beMinneapolitan Mira James has been taking it easy since college graduation too easy Due to a dead end job and a cheating boyfriend, the Twin Cities have lost their charm, and Mira decides to begin a new life in rural Battle Lake Right away she is offered jobs as an assistant librarian and part time reporter, and falls into an unexpected romance with a guy who seems to be the perfect man until he turns up dead between the reference stacks her tenth day on the job Anxious to learn about the man who had briefly stolen her heart, Mira delves into the hidden mysteries of Battle Lake, including a old land deed with ancient Ojibwe secrets, an obscure octogenarian crowd with freaky social lives, and a handful of thirtysomething high school buddies who hold bitter, decades old grudges Mira soon discovers that unknown dangers are concealed under the polite exterior of this quirky small town, and revenge is a tator tot hotdish best served cold.A hip, humorous, and gripping account of small town murder, this novel is the first in a series of cozies featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots.Praise Jess Lourey writes about a small town assistant librarian, but this is no genteel traditional mystery Mira James likes guys in a big way, likes booze, and isn t afraid of motorcycles She flees a deadend job and a deadend boyfriend in Minneapolis and lands up in Battle Lake, a little town with plenty of dirty secrets The first person narrative in May Day is fresh, the characters quirky Minnesota has many fine crime writers, and Jess Lourey has just entered their ranks Ellen Hart, Lamda Award winning author of Jane Lawless Sophie Greenway Series

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    1. Decent amount of potential given the flap, but falls flat. Quit halfway in.Small town librarian? Yay? Nope - she's an English major but she's sure that's basically the same thing and she'll just lie about Dewey and look, she's just as good as a librarian a couple of weeks in. Ugh. Disappointed by pretty much all the library stuff, including the one wrong call number tossed in. The main problem, though, is that the main character is unlikeable. Excluding the dude she dates, most the character are [...]

    2. I did not really like this book. It was crude and poorly written. I think she tried to hard to make her descriptions different and apparently she isn't getting enough sex, so that's all she had her main character think about. I rated it 2.25 of 5 stars, which may have been a little high.

    3. Does anyone in Minnesota actually use "ya'll" as a singular pronoun? Man, that's bothering the crap out of me. It's plural, dammit! I should go to sleep

    4. I went into this hoping to be mildly entertained, and really wanting a good who-done-it. This delivered. The main protagonist is a 28 year old temporary librarian and part-time reporter stuck in small town Minnesotan life. A recent lover is murdered and she takes it upon herself to find out who killed him, discovering all kinds of town secrets she would have preferred not knowing. The writing is competent, indeed at times racy and irreverent. The humor is occasionally sophomoric and Mira does do [...]

    5. Mira the main character was consistently foolish which made it hard to admire her. Some of her cracks were witty and funny but they were quite mean at the same time and they were never softened by any kind remarks, for instance all the snide blue hair, raisin ranch and the like comments could have been balanced by a nice old person some where along the line.

    6. I loved this fresh take on the traditional/cozy mystery. The characters are a lot of fun and I didn't want to put the book down -- it's got a strong heroine, lots of humor, quirky locals and a twisty plot. I'm already hooked on this series and will be reading more.

    7. Actually I only read up to page 138. I gave up on this book at this part: " 'If this was Bev, I bet she was always at the bottom of the cheerleading pyramids. They always stuck the chick with glasses at the bottom. '" What an unlikeable main character this Mira is! As each new character is introduced all Mira does is degrade them. What a downer of a story. The mystery is weak and I can't think of one good reason to turn another page in this book. Right before this scene there is the discovery of [...]

    8. I will not be reading anymore of this series. It felt uneven. There was a slow start and then an uptake but then it slowed down again. I have to honestly say I didn't finish reading it. The characters didn't hold my interest enough to form an opinion of them. I had no desire to pick it up again once I put it down but made an effort and then decided to stop torturing myself.

    9. Enjoyable Minnesota author mystery cozy. I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the character despite her faults. There were a couple of places where the author could have better researched (i.e. legal stuff -wills ARE public documents!), but they were minor. I'll enjoy the next book in the series!

    10. I don't know where this author is from, but here in the South, "y'all" refers to more than one person. Jennie speaking "y'all" to individuals was ANNOYING. If you're going to imitate do it correctly!

    11. This was God-awful. I don't know how this author has any friends in real life. Main character was a horrible person.

    12. Mira James has had issues with small towns in the past but when she’s fired from her job, flashed by a guy hawking guitar pedals AND finds her boyfriend in bed with the neighbor (all in the same day), the small town of Battle Lake suddenly looks more promising than Minneapolis. With her English major background, Mira’s able to secure an Assistant Librarian position and a part-time reporter job. When archaeologist Jeff Wilson strolls through the library doors, it seems that fate is finally sm [...]

    13. C2006. FWFTB: librarian, dead, land-deed, freaky, grudges. Another Kindle freebie which was a worth while read.I thought that this sounded like a nice little mystery set in an area that I am interested. (I love all the areas categorised as Mid-West). It was a good read and the only reason that I can say that it was okay as opposed to “I liked it” is that I think there is a fine line between creating characters that are slightly odd ball to being insulting and I am afraid that I found the com [...]

    14. I picked up May Day as a Kindle freebie, a 'cozy' mystery to read as a bit of light relief between longer, more demanding books. And for the first few chapters, I was really enjoying the developing set-up until it all got rather too silly for my tastes. The deliberately 'quirky' minor characters were just a bit too weird, and by the end there was almost no-one left in town without something to mark them out, making the whole thing feel like a grotesque Victorian freak show. Which is a shame, bec [...]

    15. The first in Jess Lourey's Murder-By- Month cozy mystery series, May Day was a good introduction to assistant librarian/on-call reporter, Mira James, and her less-than-triumphant return to small town life, house-sitting for her friend Sunny in Battle Lake, Minnesota. Mira's contemplating her next move in what has been a none-too-successful life, thus far. After earning a BA degree in English and working towards her masters, Mira was underemployed (and then unceremoniously unemployed, all thanks [...]

    16. Welcome to a new kind of cozy mystery, when there's a murder every month. When you think of May Day, you'll think about the call for help like in a distress signal or the first day of May, when there's a parade and a dance. Well, for Jess Lourey's May Day, her heroine Mira James sent out her own SOS. When she returned back to her home small town of Battle Lake, Minnesota, who said you can't go home again. She got a new job as the librarian in the library and discovered a dead body in plain sight [...]

    17. I picked this book up for free in the kindle store. I'm just now getting around to it. It was strongly suggested that this book was a "cozy " mystery. I think some hardcore cozy readers might disagree . Most cozies lack strong language and crude sexual comments. The F bomb was dropped a time or two and some of the jokes were a little rough.Mira is staying at a friend's farm in small town Minnesota. She gets a job at the small library. She meets a nice guy and starts to care about him, then he is [...]

    18. This is the first book in a series called the Murder by Month Mysteries. I thought it was okay but I just never connected with the main character. She is a late twenty-something and is just so self-absorbed that I never cared about her. She drops out of graduate school and moves to a small town in Minnesota and starts working a the town library. There are the usual quirky characters that I like in a cozy mystery. The exception was the town mayor who inexplicably has a southern accent. This bothe [...]

    19. A young Minnesotan woman returns to small town Minnesota after a stint in the big city, lands a job in the local library and promptly finds a dead body in the library stacks. This story is pretty standard cozy mystery fare with a dose of observations about small town life. Except that this small town has some pretty wacky goings on and seems just a little far fetched. There were moments where the heroines pithy observations made me chuckle but they were few and far between. There were also a few [...]

    20. This was a Kindle freebie that looked interesting. While the mystery aspect was good - I did not immediately know "whodunit" - I am not sure if it was strong enough to hold the book together. I did not guess who the killer was, but I also did not see that character as a signficant part of the story, but rather as a side character. His importance was not evident until the mystery was solved. Many of the characters were flat- it was difficult to get involved in the story of people you did not real [...]

    21. Twelve Reasons You Should Read the First Installment of the Murder by Month Mysteries1. The main character is a librarian.2. What, that didn't get you? She's a English major who can reference a ton of literary characters.3. The dead guy is her boyfriendwell, kinda.4. The core of this whodunit mystery will definitely appeal to the mystery lovers. 5. The twist at the end of this story (and the villain) will scare your socks off. Even if you aren't a pansy like me, it'll definitely startle you (In [...]

    22. The sleuth, Mira, started out irritating me, but she grew on me over time. It helped that I really liked the murder victim so that by the time the flashback of his time with Mira was over, I was emotionally invested in figuring out who killed him, just as she was. I will say I did suspect the killer from the start (I do not generally try to guess when reading mysteries and usually haven't got any idea who the baddie is until it's revealed) and thought Mira was a little too trusting since she did [...]

    23. Several things about this book really irritated me. First, the author has no ear for a southern accent. I know that Kennie's accent was supposed to be fake, but the syntax was wrong and ya'll is NOT singular. If a true southerner is speaking to one person, then the word you is used. Second, the main character described common, ordinary things in the most disgusting ways. Everything, from a cow's tongue to an old woman's neck became awful, creepy things. Third, when the main character spoke or th [...]

    24. Another cozyish series that I love. I have actually saved quotes from this book because I could be the main character in some respects! She hates birds, yet she feeds them because she is convinced that one day they will turn on humans and she wants to be known as a friend. I do the same thing!! I hate the little harbingers of death yet faithfully and compulsively feed them all year long so they won't peck my eyeballs out. I won't tag them all, but I have read everything in this series so far and [...]

    25. This book is a contemporary murder mystery with the odd and quirky characters often found in the cozy genre. The setting is a small town in Minnesota, the sleuth, a young woman dealing with her personal demons, and seeking in the most honest way, love. Since life is messy, Mira finds love is messy also. I found myself liking the sleuth and her friends, crying over her lost loves, and enjoying her method of finding justice. I think Mira has found her new home and I know she has found a new reader [...]

    26. I took it only because the heroine is a town librarian and that I work in a library too. I didn't like the heroine very much. But I liked the suspense and I wanted to know who was the killer.By the way, too much details. I didn't feel I had to know everything she has in her house, in the drawers, in her car.I think this is the only one of the series translated in French. I'll read the others in the series once they'll be translated cuz it's not the type of books I buy.Still a nice weekend read.

    27. Mystery that kind of evades any of the current sub-genres. A female slueth, not a policeman or PI, not slaptstick and she is an every day woman with a slightly hard edge. The mystery was fine. There were some what the heck moments like transexuals that have nothing to do with the story, and some pretty twisted characters. None which were necessary.Anyway, decent for free or a couple bucks. Well edited with no terrible types or other errors common in non biggie publishers. Like other Poison Pen b [...]

    28. May Day by Jess Lourey was the most recent selection for the Chick Lit book club. It was a fun and entertaining mystery which begins the Murder by Month series. The characters were well developed and the twists were certainly not what I expected. I found the book to be a great discovery, complete with quirky characters and wittily sarcastic heroine.Read my complete review here.

    29. This was a light, fast read.I was amused by the fact she is the assistant librarian and can just close the library at will.It has an intricate plot, with nice twists and turns. I love surprises!However, Mira makes some moves that are very questionable and dangerous, and I never really got the impression that she is mature enough to have an adult relationship. Maybe I need to read further into the series.I borrowed a copy of this book from the library.

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