by Cynthia Chow
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As the chairwoman for Santa Louisa, California’s Fourth of July celebration, Mary McGill had thought that her most challenging tasks would be judging the canine costume contest while also ensuring that her own beloved black Cocker Spaniel Millie was shielded from the loud fireworks event. That very same explosive display is used to cover the shooting of the town’s newest visitor Ian Miller, whom Mary had seen being very fascinated with a necklace displayed in Lowell’s Jewelry store. When Mary learns that Ian Miller was not a tourist, but an agent with the California Bureau of Investigations following a string of jewelry store robberies across several states, she can’t help but make the connection.
While everyone in Santa Louisa optimistically believes that the murder must have been done by an outsider, Mary reluctantly suspects a connection with Lowell’s and the adjacent We Buy Gold shop, both owned by the surly and anti-social Jerry Lowell. The recent arrival of his son Tommy further complicates the matter, as the talented jewelry artist has taken a shine to Ian Miller’s German shepherd Ranger, who seems to share the sentiment.
Having proven her skill at coaxing out information and connecting dots others seem to miss, Mary seamlessly falls into the investigation. While it helps that the chief of police is married to Mary’s niece, what doesn’t is Miller’s abrasive former partner. Special Agent Eric Wilson already has his suspect in sight, and with a score to settle, he’s not about to consider any alternative. Mary finds newer agent Emma Baxter much more amenable, and together they begin to uncover connections between the robberies, Miller’s presence in town, and the inability of some to forgive or forget.
Although only the third in the Canine Cozy Mystery series, the residents of Santa Louisa feel fully established and as relatable and real as any next-door neighbor. Mary realistically becomes involved in criminal investigations, as it is her friendships and history in town that make her essential to law enforcement. As before, canines provide not just happy companionship, but prove essential in tracking down and delivering proper justice. As Mary delves into the world of home computers, she also learns the nuances of the jewelry business and crime. This is a delightful cozy mystery with a very smart and engaging heroine, one whose senior years never inhibit her lifestyle or her investigations. Always accompanied by the adorable Millie, Mary heralds in another charming mystery sure to please those who love small-town intrigue, a dash of crime, and an ample share of doggy affection.
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