Sample’s story is perfect for readers who want a fun mystery that’s big on small, close-knit communities, limited in violence, and has family at its heart. When her daughter Melanie, a new detective, is relieved of her duties at the police department because of her mom’s connections to the murder, Sierra is more determined than ever to clear her name and find out who killed Derek. There’s no shortage of suspects, as Derek wasn’t well liked and his company, Titan Industries, seemed to be in financial trouble. Cozy mystery readers will love Sierra’s inability to stop snooping, as well the colorful characters and family dynamics, as Sierra is surrounded by friends with good intentions, a cute caterer, and a police chief trying to keep her out of trouble.
Those promising relationships will likely continue to develop into the next book of the series. Both Sierra and readers are new to this community, and Sample seizes every opportunity to make it an inviting setting for future cases, while keeping the pacing on point, the dialogue crisp and amusing, and even teasing the possibility of several potential romantic interests for Sierra. Cozy readers will be eager to see Sierra face more trouble in this charming milieu.
Takeaway: This charming cozy series kickoff pits a small-town newcomer against the death of a CEO.
Great for fans of: M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series, Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Schulz Culinary series
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A