by Sandra Murphy
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of A Most Curious Murder, and a link to order it from Amazon, as well as a link to purchase it from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.
Jenny Weston moved back to Bear Falls, Michigan, following her divorce, not that she told her mom about that. It seemed best at the time to say she’d come for a visit. Now she’s got to break the news and doesn’t know quite where to begin.
Before that can happen, an act of vandalism occurs on their property. Her mother was a librarian, but Bear Falls isn’t big enough to support a library of its own. Jenny’s dad built a Little Library for her—-a small replica of their home, on a pole near the road, filled with just a few books that people could check out. Since her dad was killed in a car accident soon after, the Little Library means a lot more than a space for books. It’s a huge shock to find the library hacked to pieces and the books torn and tattered on the rainy lawn.
A good suspect is the neighbor, Adam Cane, two houses down. He’s a grumpy old man who hated the extra traffic on the street because of the library. The house in between belongs to Zoe, a little person who quotes Alice in Wonderland during what most people would call normal conversation. With Zoe, nothing is normal. Her yard is full of fairy gardens, and each fairy has a name. She swears the fairies are alive and move around, too. Zoe is a writer and lives with her little dog Fida. Adam hates the dog, too.
That theory goes up in smoke when Adam is found dead in Zoe’s garden. Although at first glance, it would seem Zoe couldn’t have killed him, being so much shorter and all. It’s found out that Adam fell because of a trip wire and was struck when he was on the ground. To make matters worse, Fida is missing.
Jenny tries to help, partly to find out about the library and Zoe’s possible involvement but also to forget about her divorce. Her ex-husband, supposedly in Guatemala, is calling again and leaving urgent messages.
The crimes seem interwoven—-the destruction of the library, her father’s death, the Cane family history, Zoe’s apparent guilt, and Jenny’s former high school sweetheart, now married and father of three—-and a cheating drunk.
It takes all of Jenny’s attention to figure out the clues, think about her ex, a possible new love interest, and to deal with Zoe’s endless Alice quotes.
This is the first in a new series, the Little Library Mystery, and promises to be a good one, bringing a new outlook to a series based on books. Zoe, when not quoting Alice, is a delight. Jenny is someone you’d like as a friend. All in all, Bear Falls is worth a visit.
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