Synopsis:long-buried village secrets with Bianca. Armed with this knowledge, Bianca unravels the mysteries surrounding the death while dealing with the suspicions of her eccentric neighbors.
However, Bianca’s meddling complicates the sheriff’s investigation as well as his marriage. Can Sheriff Mike Riley escape his painful past in a town where murder and infighting over a new casino vie for his attention?
Danger stalks Bianca as she gets closer to the truth. Can the sheriff solve the mystery before the killer strikes again? Can the town heal its wounds once the truth has been uncovered?
I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery. I liked the setting of a small town where it seems everyone knows everyone else yet there are deadly secrets behind some of the personal facades. I liked the main character, Bianca, and her struggles with feeling like an outsider even though she's lived there for a few years. I liked the support characters too. After all, what's not to like about a hundred year old fellow with a skunk for a pet?
I really like deBellegarde's smooth writing style. The plot centers more on characters than the murder. The narrative jumps around to different people and I felt like I was looking over their shoulders. Often I don't like this technique but it really worked in this novel. The changes in locations and characters was not confusing at all. The plot flowed well as it moved to a short period of suspense near the end.
This is a good novel for readers who like a cozy murder mystery with a reluctant amateur sleuth who discovers that people may not be who they appear to be. I enjoyed it and will be looking for the next in the series.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Traditional Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Number of Pages: 282
Series: Batavia-on-Hudson Mystery, #1
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