“You’re a regular Nancy Drew,” Olivia is told early on, and in this warm and humorous cozy Bailey pays welcome homage to the famed teen sleuth, even as her adult hero balances grown-up responsibilities—and gets warned off the case by local law enforcement. Bailey pulls readers in with charming descriptions and personalities, giving Apple Station an inviting downtown where a chatty local will hitch a chestnut quarter horse outside Daisy’s Feed and Saddlery, and a wag observing the library notes “Somebody just took two books. What happens if the library runs out?” Even Olivia wryly notes that she feels like “an extra in a Hallmark movie.”
For all the good cheer, the tensions mount with each passing page, and fans of small-town amateur detectives will be hooked from the start, as Olivia gets tangled up again with the police, strives to connect with the recalcitrant witness Mikey, and learns more than she ever expected about copperheads, algae blooms, and other surprises. The case is arresting, but Silence Says the Most also offers that crucial ingredient for the standout series cozy: a hero worth rooting for and capable of surprising readers.
Takeaway: This enthralling small-town cozy abounds with suspense, surprise, and autumn atmosphere.
Great for fans of: M.C. Beaton, Annette Dashofy’s Zoe Chambers Mysteries series.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A