Melanie Travis, Book #27
While usually protective, Melanie feels comfortable sending her sons to the Graceland School’s summer camp for two reasons: The institution is well-regarded and proprietor Emily Grace is a trusted friend. But Emily has been acting strange since three rambunctious Dalmatian puppies suddenly appeared on her doorstep. The unusual arrival marks the first of several mysterious happenings at camp, each more intense than the last. Emily’s rough streak takes a frightening turn with a discovery in the nearby woods—the body of her estranged ex-husband.
As suspicions rush in, proving that Emily didn’t murder her biggest mistake will be about as easy as raising prize-winning show dogs. Realizing she’s the only one who can prove her friend’s innocence and keep the Graceland School from shutting down, Melanie dives into an investigation on the victim’s whereabouts leading up to his demise. With a few spotty clues and Aunt Peg’s growing curiosity about the Dalmatian pups’ origins, Melanie must name the culprit before good intentions come back to bite! (Amazon)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Melanie and her family have got a lot going on, as usual. Davey is going to be a camp counselor and Kevin is going to be a camper at the same camp. The camp director is a friend of Melanie’s so she feels comfortable leaving the kids at the camp. But then accidents start happening and a body is found. Melanie will have to do her sleuthing and figure out who the killer is to try and save her friend.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and this allowed me to create pictures in my mind of what was happening. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. It is so much fun getting to spend time with Melanie, her family and even Aunt Peg. Give yourself a treat and spend some time with them.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.