In this fun and sassy new mystery, USA Today bestselling author Susan McBride introduces us to Helen Evans, a modern-day Miss Marple who must expose a murderer in a town full of suspects!
When Milton Grone turns up dead in tiny River Bend, Illinois, nearly all the would-be suspects have the perfect alibi: attending Thursday night's town meeting. And as Milton was hardly beloved, plenty of folks had a reason to do him in ...
Grone's next-door neighbor was furious about a fence that encroached on her property, among other wicked deeds. A pair of zealous tree huggers wanted Grone's hide for selling a parcel of pristine land to a water park. Grone's current and ex-wife both wanted a cut of the profits, which Grone seemed unwilling to share. Even the town preacher knew Grone's soul was beyond saving.
Though most of River Bend would rather reward the killer than hang him, Sheriff Biddle's not about to let this one go … and neither is Helen Evans. With a penchant for puzzles and an ear for innuendo, Helen quickly fingers the culprit before Biddle puts the wrong suspect in jail.
While this book is not awful it is certainly lacking. At best it's a thin and tired rip off of Murder She Wrote with less finesse, humor, or life. Part of the fun of reading a book is becoming engaged with the characters, these characters had no depth. If this is representative of the series as a whole then it is not worth a revisit and not even worth the time on a rainy day.25
I really enjoyed this light hearted mystery. Puts you in the mind of Murder she wrote! It's an easy and fun read.55
A nice, light change from the super violent murder mysteries that seem to be the only other option.35