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Dressed To Kill
Mary McGill Dog Mysteries – Book IV
BY Kathleen Delaney

Severn House
1 September 2019/ ASIN: B07V4T2C1B
Mystery/Contemporary / Holiday: Halloween

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde 


Retired schoolteacher Mary McGill has helped organize the town’s Halloween event, so is unsurprised when she sees a man in a clown costume. Rather more surprising is that he is armed, and although he does not shoot Mary, he has just robbed the bank, killed a customer and wounded the police chief. With Dan out of action and his replacement rather useless, it is going to be up to Mary and her trusty canine sidekick, Millie, to solve the case.

I confess to looking forward to the next installment in this series. I enjoy cozy mysteries and, although this one does have the obligatory pet, it is free of superfluous romance, crazy relations and a ditzy narrator. It ticks all the best boxes in having a small town with secrets, amateur sleuth who knows everybody and a good plot, although this one is rather easy to guess.

Santa Louisa is the sort of small town where a lot of people know each other, but not so small that it is like a village. Mary is on a committee that organizes events and has lived in the town for years, so makes a believable sleuth. There are many red herrings, including four clown costumes all made by the murdered woman and various suspects who all have a good motive. Mary spends the whole book detecting rather than getting sidetracked by other things, which adds up to a good story.

As with all series. we also get to see what the other characters are up to and meet some new ones. There is no cliffhanger ending necessitating purchasing the next book and no loose ends. I don’t know about you but all this means a satisfying read! I will be looking forward to book five.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2019