The Begonia Killer
by Jeff Bond
June 1-30, 2021 Tour
Anarchy of the Mice, book one of the Third Chance Enterprises series. Now ride along for her first standalone caper, The Begonia Killer.
When Martha Dodson hires McGill Investigators to look into an odd neighbor, Molly feels optimistic about the case — right up until Martha reveals her theory that Kent Kirkland, the neighbor, is holding two boys hostage in his papered-over upstairs bedroom.
Martha’s husband thinks she needs a hobby. Detective Art Judd, who Molly visits on her client’s behalf, sees no evidence worthy of devoting police resources.
But Molly feels a kinship with the Yancy Park housewife and bone-deep concern for the missing boys.
She forges ahead with the investigation, navigating her own headstrong kids, an unlikely romance with Detective Judd, and a suspect in Kent Kirkland every bit as terrifying as the supervillains she’s battled before alongside Quaid Rafferty and Durwood Oak Jones.
The Begonia Killer is not your grandparents’ cozy mystery.
Starting a Bond book is an experience full of anticipation. I know there will be an odd plot, crazy adventures and quirky characters. How will he do it this time?
This novel involves one of those nosy neighbors every villain fears. You know, that old lady down the street who who suspects nearly every house she can see contains secrets. Is she crazy or is she the answer to a terrible crime?
I like Molly's dogged determination to see this case to its end, whatever that might be, even as she tries to raise her kids and still earn a living. I like the danger and suspense. I like the quirky characters. Bond has once again provided a novel that is surprising and entertaining, though short.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Mystery -- Cozy/Romance
Published by: Jeff Bond Books
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Number of Pages: 195
ISBN: 1734622520 (ISBN-13 : 978-1734622522)
Series: Third Chance Enterprises, #3
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads
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The Pinebox Vendetta received the gold medal in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and the first two entries in the Third Chance Enterprises series — Anarchy of the Mice, Dear Durwood — were named to Kirkus Reviews' Best 100 Indie Books of 2020.
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