Mountain, Georgia is home to Lyla Moody, her family, and her
friends who are members of the Jane Doe book club. The book
club gals are mystery obsessed, but murder becomes all too
real when one of their own is killed. Carol wasn’t only
murdered; she was stuffed in a suitcase and left on Lyla’s
As the story unravels Lyla makes it her mission to get to
the truth, which results in her putting herself in danger,
although she’s not stupid about it and has enough awareness
of danger to take precautions—most of the time.
This book is a good start for a new series. I was interested
in the characters and engaged with the mystery. I always enjoy
a book with a southern setting, and while that was emphasized,
it wasn’t overdone. I will be interested to see how
the series develops from here, and I’m sure mystery
readers will like this book.
However, I don’t think I’d necessarily consider
this a cozy mystery. To me, it read more like a mainstream
mystery with elements of a psychological thriller. While this
isn’t a bad thing, but if you typically read cozies,
prepare yourself for a story that steps outside of that genre.
Notes: The author also writes the Marygene Brown series