Plot: An exciting mystery filled with twists and turns, Foster has written an intriguing and complex narrative filled with adventure. The mystery is well thought out and contains plenty of meticulously-placed clues. Newcomers to the series will be able to dive right in.
Prose/Style: The prose is detailed, painting vivid imagery for the reader. The atmospheric locations are described beautifully, and the characters’ backstories and intentions are pieced together throughout the story. The reader is constantly learning new details about the cast members.
Originality: This story provides a nice twist to a normal murder mystery by following a unique protagonist, the estate lawyer, through the journey of clues, which provides a refreshing viewpoint on investigations.
Character Development/Execution: While the characters do not change or grow much here, it is obvious that the main characters have already shown growth from previous books in this series. The characters are consistent in their motives and traits and are all very detailed and entertaining.
Date Submitted: August 23, 2021
Foster has nailed the cozy mystery genre. Her portrait of Texas hill country is both empathetic and witty, and rural readers will find the politics and pleasures of small-town life absolutely true-to-life. This doesn’t mean that this adventure is for the easily scared, however: there are plenty of twists and turns that are sure to give readers chills even as they try to puzzle out whodunit. Though Ghost Daughter is the seventh installment in the Alice MacDonald Greer series, it’s easy to pick your way through its cast of unique characters—in this case, the people of Coffee Creek, Texas —without missing a beat.
Foster’s mastery of imagery and dialogue is on display throughout, her flowing prose making this an inviting, entertaining read. Art-lovers and legal-minded readers will appreciate the nods to these passions throughout; the works of Gustave Baumann, for instance, are pivotal to the plot. Readers are sure to be surprised by the conclusion, but can rejoice that there are many more MacDonald Greer mysteries planned.
Takeaway: Head’s up, cozy mystery fans: Helen Currie Foster’s latest is a must-read for the summer.
Great for fans of: Ellery Adams, Diane Kelly.
Design and typography: A-
Marketing copy: A-