Plot: The fourth title in Kaplan's Josie Tucker series is a stylish and gutsy mystery that offers humor, ghosts, and Texas BBQ. Kaplan's story flows seamlessly between eccentric characters and atmospheric Austin haunts.
Prose: Kaplan writes in polished prose with a note of bluesy lyricism, striking a sure-footed balance between humor and poignancy.
Originality: Through smart writing and an excellent command of character development, Kaplan delivers a story that is fresh, surprising, and suspenseful.
Character Development: The author excels at creating a cast of immediately compelling characters that, however amusing or unconventional, never slip into caricatures.
Date Submitted: July 17, 2017