Review of Murder On The Toy Town Express


Murder On The Toy Town Express

Vintage Toyshop Mystery, Book #2

Barbara Early

5 Stars


Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.

What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.

The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries. (Goodreads)



The characters really came alive for me in the pages of this book.  Liz is a smart determined woman who is not afraid of hard work.  She is also not afraid to stick her nose into police business, especially if it will help her any of her family or friends.  She is close to her family, especially her dad.  All of her nosiness she credits to him because, as the former police chief, he shared cases with her when she was younger.  And although she is sort of dating Ken, the new police chief, she feels the need to help him solve the mystery of the death at the Train and Toy Show.  She loves working puzzles and this is a real puzzler.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place around me and eavesdropping on conversations.  I could see the trains set up at the show and hear the whistles blowing as the trains went around the track.

The mystery is well plotted and carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was not an easy mystery to solve.  I did not figure out the culprit until it was revealed at the end and I was very surprised when I found out.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  With great characters, a mystery that will keep you guessing and a theme that will have you reminiscing about your childhood, you do not want to miss this book.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this great book.

4 thoughts on “Review of Murder On The Toy Town Express

  1. What a lovely intro to this series. After reading your review I added it to my ‘kindle wish list’. It has all the elements I like in a cozy; and something about toys reminds me of Christmas 🙂

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