I enjoyed this cozy mystery. I liked the lakeside setting in Wisconsin. It gave me an appreciation for the area and why people would like to live in the remote area. I felt the characters were developed rather well. That Rain would want to leave her city corporate surroundings after the death of her husband and bask in the solitude of the lakeside cabin was realistic. I liked Rain's friend, Julia. She is an energetic character and a good balance to Rain's reluctance to get active in society again.
The murder plot was a bit complex and I am not sure it all worked together well. There had to be quite a bit of explanation in the denouement, often an indication the plot was not clear. Much of the novel dealt with relationships as Rain tries to understand how the murdered fellow relates to her family and neighbors. There is also just the hint of perhaps a future budding romance for Rain.
This is a good novel for readers who like a cozy mystery set in an interesting location with likable female characters and the potential for future mysteries.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Holly Danvers also writes under the name of Holly Quinn and is a prolific author. She lives in the Midwest with her husband. You can find out more at https://www.authorhollyquinn.com/.
Crooked Lane Books, 336 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)