shop owner Reagan Summerside is newly engaged to attorney
Walker Boone when she finds herself once again in the middle
of a murder investigation. This time her elderly neighbors,
sisters Annie Fritz and Elsie Abbot, are the chief suspects
in the death of rest-home resident Bonnie Sue McGrath. Reagan
knows the sisters are innocent, and when it looks like there
was a previous murder at the Sleepy Pines Retirement Home,
she sets out to find the truth.
Fishbine was running a scam selling Spring Chicken youth products
and stock at the Sleepy Pines Retirement Home. The scam brings
about more motives and suspects for the killings and the waters
are muddied for the amateur sleuth.
Reagan, her Aunt Kiki and even her mother, the judge, dig
for clues, the situations they find themselves in are becoming
more and more outlandish. I think it is fair to say that a
great deal of the book is farcical and the reader needs to
realize that early on and roll with it.
read some of the previous books in the series and I think
they were somewhat tamer and more enjoyable for my particular
reading taste. It's been awhile since there was a new book
in this series, and in my opinion, the author tried a little
too hard to recapture the atmosphere of previous books.
is another book to come in the series I will certainly give
it a chance. It may be that Duffy Brown just has to refind
her footing with the Consignment Shop Mystery series.
of other titles in this series
in Crinolines #2
and Poison #3
Note: Duffy Brown also writes the Cycle Path Mysteries