Spring has sprung in Crozet, Virginia—a time for old friends to gather and bid farewell to the doldrums of winter. Harry and her husband, Fair, are enjoying a cozy dinner with some of the town’s leading citizens, including beloved University of Virginia history professor Greg “Ginger” McConnell and several members of UVA’s celebrated 1959 football team. But beneath the cloak of conviviality lurks a sinister specter from the distant past that threatens to put all their lives in jeopardy.
When Professor McConnell is found murdered on the golf course the next day—gunned down in broad daylight by an unseen killer—no one can fathom a motive, let alone find a suspect. Just as Harry and her furry cohorts begin nosing into the case, however, a homeless UVA alum confesses to the crime. Trouble is, no one believes that the besotted former All-American could have done the foul deed—especially after Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker make another gruesome discovery.
As the questions surrounding Ginger’s death pile up, Harry’s search for answers takes her down the fascinating byways of Virginia’s Revolutionary past. The professor was something of a sleuth himself, it seems, and the centuries-old mystery he was unraveling may well have put a target on his back. As Harry edges closer to identifying an elusive killer, her animal companions sense danger—and rally to find a way to keep Harry from disappearing into history. (Goodreads)
Professor McConnell is murdered on a golf course and this murder shocks the entire community. Harry knows that she has to look into the murder because it makes no sense to her. As she and her friends begin to snoop around looking for answers, someone confesses to the crime. Harry has a hard time believing the confession and continues to search for clues. What she eventually uncovers may just be the death of her, both figuratively and literally!
The characters are well developed and well rounded. I loved reading about all the animals and the way they “help” solve the mystery. At times I felt like there were a few too many characters to keep track of. Although I did appreciate having a Cast Of Characters to refer to, the very fact that this was needed tells me there are a few too many.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very descriptive and at times I felt like I was right there watching all the action. this was a great thing. But sometimes I thought the description was a little much, I did not need to know what everyone was eating, drinking or wearing. Sometimes it became a a bit overwhelming. I think the author did a good job writing about present day and the olden days (Revolutionary War days). My problem is that I am not much of a history person so my interest was not held that well. This is only my opinion and other readers may love having the history mixed in with the present.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a cozy mystery. If you enjoy reading about historical event, In this case the Revolutionary War era, this is a must read book.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Bantam for the opportunity to read and review this book.