Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett presents another page-turning chapter in her Booktown Mystery series. This time mystery bookshop owner Tricia Miles is about to find out murder is no walk in the park…
While out walking Sarge, her sister’s bichon frise, Tricia is led by the agitated dog to a man lying in a gazebo. She’s startled when she recognizes Pete Renquist, the president of the Stoneham Historical Society, who appears to be suffering from cardiac arrest. When Pete later dies in the hospital, the discovery of a suspicious bruise and a puncture mark on his arm suggests he may have been murdered.
Haunted by Pete’s enigmatic last words to her, Tricia begins to consider who had a motive to kill her friend. Did Pete take his flirting too far, only to have a jealous husband teach him a lesson? Or did he discover something in the town’s historical records that his killer wanted kept secret? Tricia is determined to get to the bottom of things before someone else becomes history…
Thoughts: Oh. My. Goodness. It's been a while since a cozy mystery had me in tears, but the climax of this one certainly did.
As usual, Tricia is in the thick of several mysteries at once. There is the murder, of course, but there is also the vandalism of the flowers beautifying the downtown area. Both keep us guessing from beginning to end, and the wrap-ups were surprising, particularly the identity of the murderer.
Can't wait to see where Tricia, Angelica and their friends/family go from here.
My rating: Five stars