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Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery)

– tekijä: Kate Collins

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"After her divorce, Athena has returned to coastal Michigan to work in her family's garden center and raise her son, while also caring for a mischievous wild raccoon and fending off her family's annoying talent for nagging. Working alone at the garden center one night, Athena is startled by a handsome stranger who claims to be the rightful owner of a valuable statue her grandfather purchased at a recent estate sale. But she has even bigger problems on her plate. The powerful Talbot family from whom her pappos bought the statue is threatening to raze the shops on Greene Street's "Little Greece" to make way for a condo. The recent death of the family's patriarch already seemed suspicious, but now it's clear that a murderer is in their midst. Athena will have to live up to her warrior goddess namesake to protect her family from a killer and save their community from ruin . . ." --… (lisätietoja)

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This first mystery in the Goddess of Greene Street is a little light on the mystery but heavy on the character development and dialogue. Athena is trying to protect a statue that her grandfather purchased from an estate sale. However, the ownership appears to be under dispute when a hunky guy, Case Donnelly, appears telling Athena that the statue was stolen from his family in Greece. Not sure how to handle the dispute, Athena is thrown a curve ball by several murders that are linked to the statue and the estate that it was purchased from. Athena goes with her gut and helps to hide the stranger from the police while investigating the deaths.

This was really fun with the interaction between Athena and Case as well as the Greek family dynamics. I laughed a lot!. ( )
  cyderry | Jun 11, 2020 |
If you enjoyed My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you’ll enjoy the crazy and loving Greek family in this book. For me this is what really made Statue of Limitations a good read. I wanted more of the interaction between the family members and will be looking forward to that in future books in the Goddess of Greene Street Mystery series. And more of Oscar the raccoon too, of course!

As for the mystery itself, I think most people will know right away the bad guys. But since the characters that Kate Collins writes are so developed it’s easy to overlook how easy the mystery was to solve. There were some red herrings to try to make it more difficult to figure out, so maybe you’ll be one who takes a bit longer to see whodunit.

There were a few times when Athena was really ditzy when it came to securing evidence and I wanted to smack her! I know the main characters sometimes have to make mistakes to keep up the drama and tension, but at one point towards the end, I was like, Really?!?

There is a kind of love triangle in Statue of Limitations, and we all know how I feel about those, but by the end of the book it was resolved, and I’m glad she gave one of the men the boot. And I realize why she was dating him, but I don’t know if I could have kept dating him if I was in her place… but that could just be the age difference, besides the cultural differences.

A fun start to a new cozy mystery series, and I’m looking forward to book two in 2021. ( )
  KimHeniadis | Feb 15, 2020 |
Statue of Limitations by Kate Collins is the debut of A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery series. Athena Spencer, recently divorced, returns home to Sequoia, Michigan with her son, Nicholas. Her large Greek family is happy to have her back, though, Athena had to endure a few “I told you so’s” from them (they told her not to marry the bum). While Athena loves her family, they can be a bit overwhelming at times especially her mother who wants to see her settled with a nice Greek boy (like Kevin Coreopsis). She alleviates her frustrations with “It’s All Greek to Me” a blog she writes under the name Goddess Anon. Athena is the business manager for Spencer’s Garden Yard (her father’s business). One evening while working on her blog in the office, Athena hears a noise outside. She believes it is Oscar, the raccoon, and is shocked to find a man fiddling with her grandfather’s newly acquired Greek statue “Goddess of Athena”. Case Donnelly tells Athena that the statue, which was made by Greek sculptor, Antonius was stolen from his family in Greece. He is trying to prove ownership. Athena is quick to send Case on his way. The next morning, Case is wanted in the murder of Harry Pepper, Grayson Talbot Sr.’s longtime assistant. Athena finds herself hiding Case and searching for a killer while trying to protect her grandparent’s beloved restaurant from greedy developed, Grayson Talbot Jr. I like how we are introduced to Athena in Statue of Limitations. I thought it was clever and a unique way to introduce the protagonist. This book is easy to read, and I like the theme of a large Greek family and community. We are introduced to Greek culture, food, and language. I thought Athena’s blog was humorous. Her family loves to read it and they fail to realize that Athena is describing them. Athena’s sisters are quirky (especially Delphi). Her father is a sweetie. I liked the interactions between Athena and Case Donnelly. Sparks were flying between these two. The mystery was fun to follow, but it is a snap to solve. There are floral tips at the end. Cozy mystery readers will enjoy getting to know Athena’s family and the Greek community in Sequoia. Statue of Limitations is a lighthearted cozy mystery with a meddling mother, a rascally raccoon, the charismatic Case, one big-headed blowhard, and a Greek goddess gumshoe. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Feb 5, 2020 |
Statue Of Limitations is the first book in the A Goddess Of Greene Street Mystery series.

Recently divorced Athena has returned to her hometown of Sequoia Mi with her son Nicholas and is working at her father’s garden center. Athena comes from a large Greek family and what she’s not looking forward to is her mother trying to convince her to find “a good Greek boy”. She’s been dating a young man that her mother has set her up with, but she doesn’t feel that it will go anywhere.

To keep her mind off her personal life she’s been writing a blog about a Greek family, which sounds awful like her own. Luckily her mother hasn’t caught on. One evening as she is working on her blog at the garden center she hears some noises outside, but she thinks it is just a young raccoon that been coming around in the evenings. Finally, she goes outside and finds someone inspecting a statue that her grandfather has recently purchased at an estate sale. The man identifies himself as Case Donnelly. Donnelly claims that the statue was stolen from his family in Greece. He soon leaves but the next morning Athena sees his image on a news report leaving the home of Grayson Talbot, Jr., where the late Grayson Talbot, Sr.’s assistant had been murdered making Donnelly the prime suspect. Athena believes Donnelly innocence and hides him while they try to find the killer.

Also, Athena is very concerned about the pending demolition of the block of Little Greek businesses. Talbot, Jr. is planning on building a condo once the buildings are torn down. But, reportedly, Talbot Sr. had agreed to cancel the development of the condo, but no can find the document. Hopefully, the document will be found before the demolition is started.

I always enjoy reading Collins’ books and this new series is no exception. The story is well-written and reads at an even pace. It also has a cast of well-developed and believable characters.

Floral tips for longer-lasting arrangements are also included in the book.

I will be watching for the next book in this interesting new series. ( )
  FredYoder | Feb 1, 2020 |
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"After her divorce, Athena has returned to coastal Michigan to work in her family's garden center and raise her son, while also caring for a mischievous wild raccoon and fending off her family's annoying talent for nagging. Working alone at the garden center one night, Athena is startled by a handsome stranger who claims to be the rightful owner of a valuable statue her grandfather purchased at a recent estate sale. But she has even bigger problems on her plate. The powerful Talbot family from whom her pappos bought the statue is threatening to raze the shops on Greene Street's "Little Greece" to make way for a condo. The recent death of the family's patriarch already seemed suspicious, but now it's clear that a murderer is in their midst. Athena will have to live up to her warrior goddess namesake to protect her family from a killer and save their community from ruin . . ." --

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