Book Review: Death Pays A Visit by Elizabeth Spann Craig

Death Pays A Visit is the seventh book in the Myrtle Clover Mysteries by Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Quick Review (read on for full review)

An entertaining, fun cosy mystery and just as good as the other books I’ve read so far in the series.  I love Myrtle, and I love these books! 5 / 5

Summary (from Goodreads)

When psychic (and hubcap retailer) Wanda Alewine pays a late-night visit to Myrtle Clover, she urges the octogenarian sleuth to head straight to Greener Pastures Retirement Home. But Wanda doesn’t want Myrtle to consider the Home’s dubious amenities–she wants Myrtle to prevent a murder seen in a vision.

Reluctant Myrtle investigates with sidekick Miles, who seems a lot more interested in Greener Pastures than she is. As the duo digs, they uncover more than just Sudoku and Scrabble—they discover a sinister undercurrent… with murder as its outcome.

Favourite Quote

“A private eye? Like Sam Spade? Certainly not!” That would involve wearing a fedora, drinking lots of scotch, and having a dame as a client. Puddin was no dame and Myrtle had a preference for sherry. She’d reserve judgement on the fedora.  Who knows? Maybe she’d look good in one.’

(From Death Pays A Visit by Elizabeth Spann Craig, chapter 11)


I can always rely on this series to entertain me without requiring a mental workout at the same time.  Perfect for summer chillout reading.  Actually, ignore that.  It’s perfect for reading any time of the year.

Death Pays A Visit is a great addition to this series.  Light but engaging, I loved how the one place Myrtle had to go to for this case – Greener Pastures Retirement Home – is the one place she is desperate to avoid at all costs, just in case she ends up stuck there for good.

Myrtle and her younger side-kick, Miles, (he’s in his sixties) make such a great team.  They work well together, even though they don’t always agree with each other, especially when it comes to their views on Greener Pastures Retirement Home.  The retirement home was a compelling setting for a cosy mystery, and the residents and their secrets provided enough plot twists and turns to keep the story moving forward without revealing whodunnit too early in the book.

I love Myrtle as the star of these stories.  She’s fantastic and smart, and proves that you can be an octogenarian, hate knitting and still solve the occasional murder mystery. She won’t be bullied, nor manipulated, and she will not allow younger people to patronise the elderly.

After Myrtle, my favourite character has to be Wanda.  She is so vague with her predictions, yet somehow always seems to be accurate in what she tells Myrtle. And it’s always fun to read about Myrtle’s cat, Pasha, and how she gets on – or doesn’t – with the other characters in the book.

The mystery was good, the story entertaining, and it held my interest all the way to the end.  I guessed right as to who the culprit was, but it was fun reading how everyone else reached the same conclusion as there were plenty of suspects who could have done it.

Recommended for fans of cosy mysteries.  Also for fans of quick, yet entertaining, reads.


Sammi Loves Books Reading Challenge 2019 – I’ve chosen this book for challenge #18 in the list: a book that promotes happiness and well-being, or has an uplifting message.  Although this might seem like a stretch, this book, from my perspective at any rate, fulfils this criteria – it makes me happy, is good for my well-being and leaves me feeling uplifted 😉

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Death Pays A Visit by Elizabeth Spann Craig

  1. Pingback: Bookish Reflections – July 2020 | Sammi Loves Books

  2. Hello Sammi. Thanks for that review. I have just commented elsewhere that I had scrapped my TBR list and felt a sense on freedom – but that title alone draws me in. I’ll have to read this one!

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    • I can understand how scrapping your TBR could lead to a sense of freedom…That might be something to consider myself in the future. Thank you for the idea, Elizabeth! 🙂

      If you do have a read of Death Pays A Visit, or any of the other Myrtle Clover stories, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂


  3. Sounds like a great setting for a cozy mystery — I’d love to read more stories that feature older characters. And Myrtle sounds wonderful! The dynamic between the sleuthing character and the best friend/sidekick is so important, and I think it works better when they *don’t* agree on a lot of things -more interesting that way.

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    • I love Myrtle – she’s one of my favourite sleuths.

      I agree, when sleuth and sidekick don’t agree, it does make it more interesting, and also somehow ensures they get to the bottom of the case – probably though a lot of heated debates and arguments. 🙂

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      • Yes, I do like those debates! Although it seems too often that the sleuth is always right and the poor sidekick is set up to be the idiot. I’d like to see the sidekick be right and the sleuth have to admit he’s wrong once in a while (when the sleuth is a “she” I think this is less of a problem).

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