About the Book:
I liked this enjoyable mystery featuring an older woman with the wisdom of living life paired with a wealthy and intelligent young man who lacks in social skills. Jane, the older woman, is a well developed character. We see how the hurt from an abusive husband and the responsibility of raising a daughter on her own has given her a seasoned outlook on life. The character of the younger Cam is much less well developed. He is a reclusive individual, heavy on unrevealed inner thinking with little meaningful interaction with others. We see a possible change in him near the end of the novel.
The plot of the mystery is good with several suspects presented. The murdered woman had made many enemies in her short life. The villain did not come as a complete surprise. There were some hints. However, the crucial information needed for the identification is not given until the villain does, in fact, confess. We readers did not have that information ahead of time nor did Jane so there was no way to solve the mystery before the final reveal. I missed that feeling of, right, of course, it makes sense now.
This is an entertaining mystery as the beginning of a new series. Relationships are established and it looks like there might be future investigations featuring this unlikely pair. I'll be watching for them.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. She writes both traditional and cozy mysteries. She’s also written fantasy and science fiction.
(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.)