- File Size: 2608 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 26, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006QJFT82
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Murderous Relations: a Tale of Mystery and Suspense (Tales of Mystery and Suspense) Kindle Edition
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I downloaded this book as a freebie and was pleasantly surprised to find an adorable cozy mystery inside.
Anna Drake, an award winning journalist writes a great cozy mystery in this title and lovingly describes the rural Illinois landscape as the backdrop of the story setting. The story is made believable as she portrays her rather ordinary cast of small town characters in almost stereotypical, endearing perfection.
Jessica Chase screams loudly when she sees Ruth Wyndom’s motionless body on the floor of her home. Jessica is now the prime suspect in the murder of her Aunt since she was unfortunately the first person upon the murder scene.
It is not until Jessica’s new ex-boyfriend, lawyer Jason Montquist, calls from Chicago to tell her that she may need an attorney that she is even aware she is a suspect. Jason tells her that it seems the investigators on her Aunt’s murder investigation are nosing around asking him questions that seem pointed at suggesting Jessica is a solid suspect for the murder.
In an effort to help clear her name from the suspect list, Jessica and her Aunt Ruth’s best friend, Betsey Fielding decide to collect as much evidence as they can from those people closest to Ruth before she died. Jessica and Betsey are beginner, amateurs, and to some extent inept sleuths. They manage to step on quite a few toes and nerves as they question probable suspects on their list.
As Jessica and Betsey get closer to the suspect with their clumsy sleuthing techniques, bad things begin to happen including, but not limited to Betsey’s antique Victorian carriage house/garage burning to the ground, and Jessica being tailed by a speeding automobile on the dark country roads surrounding Porter County with the intent of harm?
Porter County sheriff’s detective Adam Devine is the first officer on the scene to question Jessica after she finds her aunt murdered. He instantly develops an attraction for her plain features. He is respectful and thoughtful while questioning her. His partner Carl Sturn has issues with the Wyndom family that goes back several generations, so he is always pushing for Jessica to be the top suspect and would happily arrest her if only there were some minute bit of evidence tying her to the scene of the murder.
As the investigation for the murder suspect heats up, detective Adam Devine takes the time and risk to warn Jessica away from conducting her own research on the case because of the danger involved, especially since the murderer has struck again and there is now another victim.
The plot is very coherent and there are enough interesting tidbits of information thrown into the mix to keep the reader guessing if these facts are pertinent to the case or just thrown in for extra background information. Some of the characters’ personalities are more developed and complex, but the same is true of real life also. No embarrassingly erotic or sexually explicit scenes jump out of this book to take you by surprise, but there is a hint of romance and only one kiss alluded to within the pages.
This cozy mystery is truly delightful and well worth the read.