Butterflies Don't Sting
by Linda Reynolds & Joy Goodale


Vantage Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-533-15698-6.
Reviewed by Trilla Pando
Posted on 01/24/2008

Fiction: Mystery

Who says that sixtyish women can't have fun? Or adventure? Certainly cousins Rowena and Dolly manage to when they are not busy keeping the Hadley Bed and Breakfast, Rowena's former family home in the small central Texas town of Hadley.

In this fun first mystery written by real-life sisters Linda Reynolds and Joy Goodale, Rowena has decided that a week at the nearby Butterfly Spa is the very ticket to prepare her for the State Seniors Ladies Golf Tournament. When she heads for a massage, she finds a murdered masseuse instead.

It's no surprise that when Sheriff Nail hauls her in as the main suspect she makes her one call to Dolly. ("Come now!")

The romp is on. Women of all ages, from young ingénue to aging diva, all in purple leotards, might very well be the culprit(s). The cousins are determined to help (or hinder) the sheriff. It's not long until there's a certain something else going on between the sheriff and Dolly.

The mystery is solved and all is so well with the world that the good sheriff moves into the Hadley Bread and Breakfast. My suspicion is that the sheriff and the cousins will be sharing more adventures and affections.

I hope so. Rowena and Dolly do know how to have fun.


Joy Goodale, a Houston native, still lives there. She is retired from banking and construction. Linda Reynolds waited a while to get around to going to college so it was all the sweeter that when at sixty-one she graduated from Austin's St. Edward's University. It also was mighty sweet for her mother, Hazel Grigsby Harris,who was in the audience. She was ninety one. The book is dedicated to her.

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