NOTE: Julianne Holmes’
Just Killing Time, the first release in the Clock Shop Mystery
series, was an Agatha nominated debut novel. She serves on
the board of Sisters in Crime, and is a member of Mystery
Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime New England.
I have been a fan of Julianne Holmes since reading the first
release in this series, Just Killing Time. The story captivated
me from the very first page, and this release is no different.
Ruth Clagan runs the Cog & Spocket, a clock shop in Orchard,
Massachusetts, originally owned by her late grandfather, Thomas
Clagan. His ardent desire was to restore the town’s
beloved clock tower after it was destroyed by fire. Ruth wants
to see that his dream meets fruition, for it has become an
obsession for her as well. Moira Reed, Zane Philips, and social
media guru Nadia Wint, who’s made the Clagan Clock Tower
Project headline news for Orchard, stand behind Ruth 100%,
as well as Ruth’s step-grandmother, Caroline Adler,
and Ruth’s new beau, Ben Clover. One person, however,
has made it clear that she is determined to stand in Ruth’s
way: town manager Kim Gray.
During the special fund raiser held to publicize and help
defray the cost of the repair, Kim is found dead. The method
of death is suspicious, so Police Chief Jeff Paisley and Officer
Ro Troisi retain all the attendees. Every one of them is a
suspect, and Ruth is at the top of the list. As Moira says,
Ruth has a different set of skills and must use them to prove
herself innocent and help discover the truth.
Once again Julianne Holmes has written an outstanding mystery,
full of twists and turns, while bringing back the town’s
quaint, down-to-earth charm and wonderful characters who add
a delightful depth to a fast-paced and intriguing plot. While
the book can stand on its own, the previous two releases in
this series would add greatly to your enjoyment of this exciting
series and wonderful characters. It’s a series I love,
and you will too.
Reviews of other titles in this series
NOTE: Julianne Holmes’ Just Killing Time,
the first release in the Clock Shop Mystery series, was an
Agatha nominated debut novel. She serves on the board of Sisters
in Crime, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, and
Sisters in Crime New England.