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- Publisher: Lume Books (October 25, 2019)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07YNWD82G
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a pretty good cosy with well developed characters, both new and old. It is however improbable that anyone would put up with Rebecca West and Company or the horrible Amy Ellsworth. I am surprised that the author didn't take the opportunity to kill her off and be done with her.
Later in the evening, trick-or-treaters find another dead body posed like a Halloween prop. This time, it is the body of morning talk show host, Jason Armstrong. His wife, Rebecca and he host a morning television program together, and are newlyweds that recently moved into town. Susan had just met his wife recently, and finds it odd when she sees Rebecca out running so soon after her husband was found murdered. Catching up with her on the track, Susan determines that Rebecca has not been notified of his death, and has the horrible task of informing the widow. Latching on to Susan, Rebecca asks to be taken to the police station, and ultimately moves her entourage into Susan's home for the duration of the investigation. But is this a "black widow" that gets rid of men when she tires of them? Or is there another sinister plot to eliminate handsome men in Hancock?
This series has really developed and added depth since the first book in the series. I am finding that I enjoy Susan a lot more, and this time, was kept guessing as to the identity of the killer. There is one more character I would love to see killed off, however, as Susan's neighbor, Amy, really grates on my nerves (which I believe is the point). Another sticking point for me was the use of the nickname "Bananas" for the child of Susan's friend, Kathleen. With that being said, however, I did enjoy the mystery along with its many twists and turns, and look forward to the next book in this fun domestic cozy series.
The first book in the series is called "Murder at the PTA Luncheon". Enjoy!
All Hallows' Evil was my first, and very likely last, foray into the world of Valerie Wolzien's bedroom community of Hancock, Connecticut. Not necessarily because the book was bad, or the mystery wasn't workable. It's the little niggling details that really dropped the ball here.
Amateur sleuth Susan Henshaw is at the library one Halloween day when she stumbles upon a body in the stacks. It looks like a prop, but turns out not to be. Later on, the town's newest celeb, morning talk show host Jason Armstrong, turns up dead on his own front porch. Obviously, something is not right in the town of Hancock. Susan and her sidekick Kathleeen, with a little help from the town's new sheriff, get to work trying to figure out whodunit.
All well and good, to be sure. Nothing we haven't seen and enjoyed in a passel of other mystery novels. What sets this one apart is some painful sentence construction, grammatical errors that are too consistent to be editors' mistakes, and some continuity errors that are almost painful to behold (my favorite: about two-thirds of the way through the novel, Susan gets home late. Her husband immediately jumps up and says, "Where have you been? I was worried about you?" They barely have time to get another two sentences in the conversation before Susan asks him why he wasn't worried, and he not only admits to it, but then goes on to offer up a valuable clue. Oops.)
You may be better off sticking with that passel of other mystery novels. Stylewise, the first name that came to mind when I tried to think of a comparison was Marcia Muller; if you enjoy Wolzien's work but have been bothered by the niggles above, you might want to give Muller a try. ** ½
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The tale is satisfyingly complex and easy to read.