Review of Fatal Solutions



Creating crossword puzzles for the Chestnut Station Chronicle won’t allow Quinn Carr to quit her diner waitress job any time soon. But it does provide an outlet for her organizational OCD, and also lets her leave subtle hints for police chief Myron Chestnut, an avid puzzler, when his investigations need some direction. Some mysteries, though, leave even Quinn stumped—like the property deed she finds in her grandfather’s old desk. The document lists Quinn’s mother as the owner of some land on the outskirts of Chestnut Station, but Georgeanne refuses to discuss it.


Quinn visits the site, located near a World War II Japanese internment camp that’s since been turned into a museum. There she unearths a weathered Japanese doll…and a skeleton. Before she can uncover a killer, she has to identify the victim. Was it an inmate trying to escape? A guard? Or someone closer to home? As Quinn fills in the blanks, she finds an unexpected link between her family and Chief Chestnut’s—one that could spell more deadly trouble…   (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Quinn is still getting treatment for her OCD.  We got to know her therapist a little better and we found out more of Quinn’s  treatment.  She desperately wants to control her “monster” and lead a more normal life.  

When Quinn starts to clean her grandfather’s desk, she finds a property deed that has her mother’s name on it. When she questions her mother about it, her mom refuses to talk about it and gets very upset.  Quinn knows something is wrong and decides to figure it out.  When she visits the land that she figures her mother’s deed is for, she finds a dead body that has been there a while.  Now she really needs to find out what is going on with her mother and who the dead body is.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing  and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The mystery was well plotted and it answered some questions about Quinn’s mother’s earlier life.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It was good to be able to catch up on Quinn’s life.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Fatal Solutions (A Crossword Puzzle Mystery Book 3) by [Becky Clark]