Hey Diddle Diddle, the Corpse and the Fiddle
by Fran Rizer

Berkley Publishing Group, 2008. ISBN 978-0-425-22091-7.
Reviewed by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
Posted on 04/09/2008

Fiction: Mystery

Who would think that a bluegrass festival on a beautiful island with your best friend would turn out to be one of the worst events of your life?

While relaxing in the sun, Calamine L. Parrish (Callie) and her blind friend Jane were anxious for the music to start. But during the blessing something unexpected happened. One of the band members unzipped his bass case and Little Fiddlin' Fred tumbled out—dead. After this unfortunate and suspicious incident, things got worse. The bass player was found strangled. Then Blind Jane went missing and was presumed kidnapped. What in the world can happen next? Plenty, as it turns out.

One more quirky idea that fits this mystery is a chapter called "Chapter after Twelve." Callie explains that she refuses—for many reasons—to write a Chapter Thirteen. She feels that if rich folks who build fancy buildings think that elevators should go from the twelfth floor to the fourteenth, then thirteen must be unlucky.

Author Fran Rizer gives us lots of interesting characters like Rizzie Profit and the Gullah people. And places to feed our imagination—campgrounds, mortuaries, and cemeteries. But these are nothing compared to the crazy plots surrounding the solutions of all the crimes.

I recommend taking this book on vacation with you—unless you're going to an island to listen to bluegrass music.

Fran Rizer is the author of the Callie Parrish Mysteries, which began with A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket. She lives in South Carolina. Readers may learn more about her, check out recipes for some of the foods mentioned in the books, and correspond with her on her website.

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