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A Sticky Situation
A Sugar Grove Mystery Book #3
Jesse Crockett

Berkley Prime Crime
April 2015 / ISBN 0425260216
Mystery - Cozy

Reviewed by Cheryl Green


It is bad enough that Dani Greene has gone into hiding from her Aunt Hazel. She is just not your fun relative. It is sugaring season in Sugar Grove, NH and Dani should be making sure the sap is running to make delicious maple syrup. She and her sister Celedon are hiding out at The Stack Shack. Not really a good hiding place - since the entire town ends up eating there. Dani has to leave before eating - since her unreliable contractor, Russ, is threatening to sue her is she doesn't get down to town hall immediately. He is doing the renovations of the Opera House that is being sponsored by Dani's family.

Russ has found a skeleton hidden in the town hall basement. This is the first time Russ will not need an excuse to stop working. Consensus is that the body belongs to Spooner Duffy who disappeared 30 years ago with a large amount of money that belonged to the town. Dani will have to contend with her unwanted relative while trying to solve a murder that took place a generation earlier.

Things to ponder: Who bought the old building on Church Street? Why did Tansey faint when she saw the spoons Russ found near the skeleton in the town hall basement? Has a murderer been living in Sugar Grove, NH for thirty years? Why didn't Jade come to visit the Greene family with her Grandmother Hazel?

This story does not disappoint. It is well-plotted and will keep you turning those pages into the wee hours of the morning. You need to find out whodunit. Cozy mystery lovers will want to solve this murder along with the plucky protagonist. The author has also included some yummy recipes. So, if you like your mystery with a stack of pancakes, then you should be reading A Sticky Situation.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Drizzled with Death #1
Maple Mayhem #2

Reviewed 2015