Dark Side Of The Moo
A Bought-The-Farm Mystery, Book #2
Sweet life on the farm turns sour when a guest mooves on to greener pastures. Permanently.
Ivy was happy to put her old life at Flordale Corporation behind her, but with a recent murder tarnishing her new inn’s reputation she can’t afford to be choosy about paying guests. So when her former teammates from HR ask to hold their retreat at Runaway Farm and Inn, she throws down the welcome mat.
When a guest turns up dead in the cow stall, it’s a terrible shock. The cows are initially on the hook for the crime, but Ivy knows her girls too well to buy that. But if the cows aren’t to blame, it means the killer is continuing to enjoy Ivy’s hospitality and everything bucolic Clover Grove has to offer.
At first Ivy agrees to stay out of the investigation at the police chief’s request. When a family member becomes a suspect, however, she jumps into action with Keats, her know-it-all border collie, and Jilly, her best friend.
Will they be able to find the bad apple on the Flordale HR team before the killer strikes again and Ivy is downsized… for good? (Amazon)
The characters are well developed and well rounded. I really enjoy the relationship between Ivy and Jilly. You can tell that they are good friends and that they will do anything for each other. When someone is killed in the barn, Ivy knows she has to figure out the killer before her bed and breakfast suffers a loss she cannot recover from. Between her and Jilly and her dog, Keats, they will do what it takes to nail the culprit.
The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions brought the book alive in my mind’s eye. The mystery was well plotted and kept me guessing until the very end. I had a few suspects in my mind that were the culprit but I did not know who it was for sure.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I really like this series and cannot wait to read the next one.