For Stacy Grasin, a dance-based reality TV show is the opportunity to generate free publicity for her dance studio while earning enough to pay off the back taxes that she suddenly found out she owes. How hard could it be?
A new series – it has so much potential. Will there be interesting characters in an interesting plot, or am I holding a book full of boring characters in a good plot, or interesting characters in a bad plot? And what’s the twist that will make this mystery stand out from the rest of the genre?
“Murder on the Rocks” mixes a tight plot with and a detective with an unusual way of looking at the world. Mack Dalton inherits Mack’s Bar when her dad dies, and the real estate vultures swoop down, ready to buy the property at rock-bottom prices. Mack is sure she can keep the bar going, but it seems to be plagued with bad luck. Then someone is killed and left in the dumpster in the alley. Between the cops closing her shop and her bad luck, Mack isn’t sure she can keep her father’s legacy going.
Meg is demonstrating the finer arts of blacksmithing at the fair in the town square, when a tourist bus passes by, blaring “This is the town which mortgaged its own jail.” Then things get really strange. A fun book in a fun series.
This is the first book in the series, but I found Skirting the Grave first – and I’ve been on the lookout for the rest of the series ever since. Although I’m not a clotheshorse myself, I love reading about Madeira Cutler’s skill in finding the right outfit for each customer.
The book opens with Madeira coming home for her younger sister Sherry’s wedding, but all is not well in Paradise. The groom’s mother hates Sherry, and his former girlfriend has shown up for the wedding prep. Then the former girlfriend has the bad taste to die in Maddy’s family house while Sherry can’t alibi herself. Oh dear....
Then one of said clients turns up dead. And he’s not the first one. Will the handwriting tell the tale?