“Quill” Quilliam-McHale has moved back into
the Inn at Hemlock Falls. Her husband Myles is
on assignment for the government as a “secret
agent”. All Quill wants to do is spend as
much time with her son Jack before pre-school starts.
This is not going to happen. Quill is too nice
and can’t say no to anyone. She is involved
with several committees for the annual Finger Lakes
Autumn Fete. This includes the steering committee.
However, since Adela Henry is the chairperson, there
are no worries - this is her baby and she basically
runs the show.
is a big brouhaha at one of the committee meetings.
Words are said. Gavels are banged incorrectly and a
marriage may be over because of doing so. Adela
Henry leaves the meeting in a huff but not before resigning
as chairperson. Carol Ann Spinoza starts a group
to look into the nefarious acts that Adela has been
committing including stealing the fete money which is
supposed to go to charity. Mayor Henry asks Quill
to look into this and since she can’t say no to
anyone – she agrees to investigate. Will
Quill figure out who is behind these dastardly deeds
before something worse happens?
to ponder: Where is the Fete account money?
How did Carol Ann know the money was missing?
Why was Althea at the Citizens for Justice meeting?
Most of all where is Adela?
Bishop always gives you a good mystery filled with quirky
characters and red herrings. It is always fun
to visit with the people of Hemlock Falls and see what
they are up to. This is a fun, fast-paced read.
I love a book that includes a Cast of Characters list.
So if you like your mystery with a little room service
pampering, then A Fete Worse Than Death is
a book you will enjoy.