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Digging Up the Dead Paperback – March 1, 2016
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The plot drops clues all along the way, mixed in with the charisma of beach life on the Southern California coast with its “rich and famous” residents, in this case the family and friends of a long deceased yet still famous mystery writer.
It is an easy, fun book to read but still suspenseful. There are murders (more than one), an attempted murder, and lots of double dealings, but no blood and gore. I loved reading the book, and I hope Tosca does not get her old job back in England.
What do you do when you are a Cornish journalist that has been exiled to the United States? Tosca Trevant sticks her nose into any piece of news she can in hopes of being welcomed back across the pond. Even a murder!! Retired Secret Service Agent Thatch MacAuley does his best to keep her safe and out of trouble but she sure doesn’t make it easy.
I missed the first installment of this series that I assume explains the whole Tiara Tittle-Tattle column that upset the royals and landed her in the states. She has made herself quite at home in this story. She has landed in the Laguna-Newport Beach area rubbing elbows with some very elite individuals. Her sleuthing takes her into some dangerous places and she doesn’t learn from her mistakes. She boldly goes in without much of a plan at all and not just once but twice. It was frustrating for me. Like those scary movies when we all know they should be running away from the chainsaws yet the characters run toward them anyway. Common sense is lost when Tosca Trevant follows the clues but her Cornish idioms did made me laugh.
Everything really takes off at a fundraising party thrown by landscaper Karma Sanderson to build the Fuller Sanderson library where we meet most of the characters. An eclectic group from many walks of life. I did enjoy all the characters.
The mystery is very clue based, musical instruments, manuscripts, and poisonous plants play key roles. Several twists take place but I did zero in on the killer before Tosca. I was surprised I was right!
This is a fun, quick read that you can dig right into. You my want to read Digging Too Deep first and meet Tosca from the start.