I've read both books in this series so far, and I am seeing a real improvement in this author. The characters are compelling and I find myself invested in how they are doing. Even better, this crime is a little more complex and fun than the first. I can't wait to read more from Ms. Trent.
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Pecan Bayou Series by Teresa Trent #1 A Dash of Murder #2 Overdue for Murder
This is book two in the Betsy Livingston Mystery series. Betsy is a single mom and writes a column 'Happy Hinter' for the local newspaper in Pecan Bayou, Texas.
Betsy also penned a novel based upon her column but it hasn't had much of an audience yet and she is desperate to get the news out. So, when her Editor assigns a original creative cooking contest at the mall for her to participate in, Betsy sees it as an opportunity to get her title recognized at least locally.
Betsy isn't the only columnist at the paper though, snobbish fashionista Vanessa Markham, also book published is attending. Betsy does have one friend at the competition though, her friend, Patti of PattiCake's, also dislikes the clever Vanessa.
Then, the head librarian comes to meet and fawn over chick-lit Vanessa (pen name Scarlett,) and invites her to 'Authors Night' at the Library. Vanessa for reasons unknown insists that Betsy be included and with great reluctance the librarian agrees.
Surrounded with Vampires, UFO enthusiasts, romance and more, Betsy waits her turn to expound about her helpful household book. When Vanessa doesn't show for the second evening Betsy hopes for a chance to give her small speech. However, during the recess, Betsy finds more than she expects...a body...of Vanessa. Now, she is the main suspect and the need to solve the crime.
I truly enjoyed this book. Betsy has guts, to be inelegant, and credibility. I also enjoy the other characters in the book. The Down Syndrome cousin, Danny is done with respectability and caring.
I laughed and found myself shocked by the several plot endings in the book. I look forward to reading the third novel.
This is what I would call a cozy mystery series. Take a small Texas town, a single mom who stumbles onto the body of an enemy, a little romance, coming to terms with your awful past, loving support from family and friends, and then the unveiling of the murder (the author leaves clues along the way for the reader-clever). Can't wait to read the next one from this author (Doggone Dead).
Loved this book more than the first book in the series and can't wait for book three. Terrific storyline. Once again -- great characters and a host of suspects. Danny and Zach are super today. Betsy is an awesome single mom who seems to stumble upon dead bodies. Thanks goodness her dad is a policeman. Oh he makes he follow the rules but he has her back. Another great ending and didn't see what was coming.
Enjoy the main character who is the daughter of a small town sheriff. She keeps getting caught up in mysteries and is often accused of the crime. The book themes around the library...thus the term overdue....