Snappy dialogue, hilarious names, fun mystery fiction!
By Jackie Houchin on September 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The second book in the Silver Sisters Crime Caper series moves the action from Beverly Hills to Juneau, Alaska, where Goldie, the more practical of the twins, runs an antique shop for tourists. The trouble begins when a delayed shipment of Russian tea urns finally arrives. Goldie quickly realizes the rare Samovars she unpacks are not the cheapies she ordered. But hey, that's business.

She keeps one for herself, another goes to her mother-in-law, two to her best friend, one for an elderly priest's retirement gift, one to her sister Godiva's boyfriend, Chef Caesar Romano, and the last one to a snobbish woman from a cruise ship. Goldie is pleased by the quick sales and only mildly curious when a customer calls to report something intriguing about the urns.

But the samovars soon grab all of Goldie's and Godiva's attention as one customer is murdered and others are attacked and their samovars are taken. The town drunk - a disabled, unemployed elderly fisherman - is arrested for the murder. The sisters know the old coot is innocent and that the murder is somehow connected with the stolen samovars, but the police are not buying it.

It's left to the sisters to catch the criminals before the last two customers are harmed. But when another innocent person dies they are terrified for Caesar's sake and race to Los Angeles to use their combined wits and cunning to corner and captured the culprits.

The secret of the samovars is finally revealed...as is a shocking detail about Chef Romano that he would rather have kept classified.

Devilishly clever plots, outlandish names for adorable, well-developed characters, and hilarious alliterative narration are all part of what makes the Silver Sisters mysteries a hoot to read. And in this particular audio edition, the reader's sense of drama and comic voice characterization add to the enjoyment.

By Lindah on December 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
When the Silver Sisters are involved in a mystery it is always such a pleasure to solve the mystery with them. A splendid job. I think one of the hardest things to do when you are writing is to come up with believable names for the characters. By giving them silly names as in this series you solve the problem splendidly. You do not find out who the person in Alaska is that is running the smuggling ring until the last few pages. The two Russians trying to get their hands on all the tea pots are so easy to find out. The man from the Russian church supposedly helping the aged priest is a surprise but the head of the ring can't be worked out easily. St James's stories are such fun. The Silver sisters are people we would like to count among our long time friends.
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Goldie Silver - Owns an antique shop in Juneau, .

By Martha A. Cheves on August 15, 2015
Format: Paperback

  • Goldie Silver - Owns an antique shop in Juneau, Alaska
  • Godiva Olivia DuBois - Author of the famous relationship column Ask G.O.D.
  • Caesar - Famous TV chef - or is he?
  • Flossie Silver - Female magician.
  • Sterling Silver - Male magician.
  • Two Ladies from the Russian Orthodox Church - church ladies.
  • Father Innocent - Retiring Priest.
  • Rimsky - Father Innocent's helper.
  • Father Augustine - Priest that will take over for Father Innocent.
  • Two very ugly ladies - Very possibly not 'ladies.'
  • Boris & Igor Dumkovsky - two very mean Russians.

Now, just what can all of these people have in common? Well, Goldie and Godiva are twin sisters. Caesar is Godiva's boyfriend, Flossie is the mother of the twins and Sterling is their father's brother, known to them by the affectionate name of 'Unk.'

But where is the connection between the 'family' members and the other characters? It all has to do with The Seven Deadly Samovars, or Tea Pots if you live in America. It seems the Tea Pots were shipped from Russia to Goldie's shop but were lost in transit. The Church Ladies had ordered one through Goldie as a retirement gift for Father Innocent. When they are finally discovered they seem to live up to their name 'Deadly.' People start dying, Tea Pots start missing and the mystery starts spinning as the twins do a little detective work to track down the missing pots and find the killer or should I say killers.

This book, as all Morgan St. James and Phyllice Bradner books, gives you suspense, humor and a special surprising twist at the end. I can't get enough of their writings and hope they come out with yet another Silver Sisters Mystery very soon.

By Yvonne Crowe on December 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Another funny book in the Silver Sisters Crime Caper series, this time set in Juneau, Alaska. It features Goldie, her identical twin, Godiva, who is a syndicated Beverly Hills advice columnist, Godiva's celebrity chef boyfriend who featured prominently in the first book A Corpse in the Soup, and the twins’ zany 81 year old mother, along with various relatives. There is never a dull moment.
Sales of rare genuine Russian samovars, which were delivered instead of cheap knockoffs, sets off a series of murders and attacks on the purchasers. The girls are sure these are linked to the samovars, which they discover are cursed.
The town drunk is arrested and the twins know he is innocent, but cannot convince the police. It is left to them to uncover the identity of the real culprits and their quest takes them to Los Angeles.
There are plenty of twists and turns and a secret is revealed which Chef Romano would rather remained secret.
It’s a great read.


ARC Review
By UMAMH12 on May 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is an enjoyable light read. I like how the mystery was investigated by amateurs (Godiva, Goldie and there spunky mother Flossie and uncle Sterling). They made plenty of time to enjoyed the tourist scene, making mystery solving fun and safe.
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Sister sleuths are at it again!

By Duttor on March 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The characters in this book are a riot. They are well developed and a fun read. It is great to see seniors that are full of life and ready for adventure.

Laughs and Murder
By Barbara A Martin on July 20, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I love the Silver sisters and their Jewish mother, Flossie and Uncle Sterling. A wackier group of characters you will not find elsewhere. This time the sisters are off to Las Vegas to commenorate Godiva's late husband's wheel of fortune spin that made him into a multimillionaire and left Godiva a very rich widow. Of course, with retired magicians Flossie and Sterling along, and Godiva's son, Torch, now living in Vegas, the antics are plentiful and the twists and turns of the story are many. Torch has a new love in his life, who suddenly disappears. The Silver sisters are asked to help, but it's Flossie and Sterling who figure out whodunit. Don't miss this series, it's a hoot!

Review copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for honest review.
Vanishing Act in Vegas
By ALY on October 10, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought this book looked like I fun read when I wanted to win this book in the giveaway. This book did not let me down. I enjoyed the characters and had a great time reading this book. I would read more books in this series. * I received this book from a LibraryThing giveaway in exchange for an honest review*

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