Goddess Juno Browne thinks she is helping when she tries to
prove to a young family that there is not, in fact, a body
floating in the river. What is actually in the water is a
realistic dummy, which police dismiss as a practical joke.
But soon after a real body is discovered in the river, and
it looks as though Juno’s new friend is the culprit.
Despite a sinister note surely it cannot really be the work
of Cutty Dyer, Ashburton’s legendary blood drinking
series, set in my own home county of Devon, continues to impress.
We now know all the series characters so we not only get to
discover what they’ve been up to, but this author is
not afraid to let them grow and change. This adds realism
and an extra dimension, making each book more than the sum
of its parts. Juno gets to know more than one new person as
well as having a baffling crime to solve involving a spooky
local legend. She mostly does her sleuthing alone, but all
her friends have an important role to play, too, and underpinning
it all is a well-described picture of Ashburton and Dartmoor.
This is one of my favorite aspects as the author obviously
knows the area well and conjures it up in a few well-chosen
words. I felt that this series has reached the interesting
stage where the reader knows the characters and setting so
the plots can really take off and each book can build further
on the series characters. If you enjoy cozy crime tales, I
can recommend this series. I would also add that it is essential
to start with the first book.