Angie and Felicia lost their restaurant in San Francisco (rent issues) so they move back to Angie's home state of Idaho and start a new restaurant where they are only using farm fresh ingredients. When their goat cheese supplier turns up dead, Angie feels she needs to solve this murder especially when she starts getting threats.
The characters were fun, the setting humorous and the mystery well-crafted.
Charley Carpenter is unsettled because her boyfriend is out of town and her business is undergoing renovations but the worst is her insomnia which isn't helped by the new neighbors who are constantly yelling at the top of the voices. One of the neighbors reaches out to Charley apparently for help but their conversation is cut short and never continued because of murder. Was she also seeking help in the advice columns?
Charley feels a need to find justice for the young woman and doesn't believe that the good old boys in the sheriff's office are capable of doing that. Can she, or will she become the next victim because of their incompetence?
I like this series, the characters and the writing.
I had a very difficult time getting into this book. It was very slow at the beginning and didn't hold my interest well. However, I persevered because I have the next in the series and wanted to be sure that I had all the background for that one.
I think that part of my problem came with the character names, sometimes the writer used the last name only sometimes the first name and so it was confusing until I got into the story. The plot was good as was the mystery, the writing needed to be a bit crisper I'm hoping for improvements in Book 2.
Jane Steward of Storyton Hall is finally seeing one of the items that has been on her "wish list" get underway. The Walt Whitman Spa has finally broken ground, however, there is a complication - bones have been found in the ground and so construction is halted while an investigation is put in place. Archaeologists come to the "dig" and must determine if this is an old death or something that the police should look into.
In the meantime the retreat is hosting the Robert Harley Rare Book Society led by a man with severe superstitions but Jane has managed to keep him on an even keel, however, the construction issues throw a damper all around, things only get worse. Somehow the society leader is murdered in the locked library while Jane is sitting right next to him.
Fascinating writing, great mystery and wonderful how it all comes together in the end! Can't wait for the next one!
While preparing for a yard sale fundraiser for the library, Library director Amy Webber comes across a local artist murdered with her own palette knife. Since the murder seems to be related to the artist's paintings and a link has been found to Amy's deceased uncle, she feels compelled to find out the truth with the help of her hunky boyfriend.
I love the story and the locale but especially the characters.
This book was really a short story as a prequel to the fantasy regarding Chris and his daughter Becky who tell a story of a fantasy land. It's their father/daughter bonding which is greatly reflected in their story telling.
Very interesting and caught me wanting more.