In the midst of the annual Halloween frenzy, Tj finds herself pulled into a series of events that occur at the high school where she works. She not only must help one of her girls deal with the increasingly popular pastime of cyber bullying, but she must help a student who has recently suffered a personal tragedy. And if Tj wasn’t busy enough, in walks Samantha Colton, a reporter for Second Look; a television series which takes a second look at unsolved murder cases. The case that Ms. Colton is in town to investigate is the death of a popular student after the homecoming dance ten years prior. To make matters worse, or maybe more convenient, the graduating class Holly was part of is in town for the ten year reunion of their own homecoming. In other words, all the suspects in Holly’s murder, just happen to have converged on Serenity for the weekend. When Samantha turns up dead Tj realizes that someone has a secret they don’t want revealed.
Tj is caught up in preparations for Halloween. She has to help decorate the resort and get costumes for her sisters. She also has to help decorate for her ten year class reunion, which is being held right before Halloween. She is extra busy at work, trying to help out a couple of students who are having problems. And she also has to figure out a way to get some alone time with her boyfriend, Hunter. When a murder that occurred ten years ago once again claims the spotlight, Tj’s curiosity gets the better of her and she decides she needs to do some snooping. With the help of her friends, she takes time out of her busy schedule to try and solve yet another crime.
There are two mysteries in this book, one from ten years ago and a current one. I really liked how the main mystery has happened a long time and all the possible suspects are back in town for their class reunion. That was tricky and excellent plotting. I really enjoyed learning about Tj and her friends high school years. This made me feel like I got to know them even more. The author always does a great job with character development and they always feel like people that I know and like.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in creating settings and characters that seem so realistic. I really enjoy reading books that center around holidays and finding out what traditions are important to others.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. If you enjoy reading a book that will take you away from the present and transport you to another time and place where you can be totally immersed, this book is a must read.