Review of Dairy, Dairy, Quite Contrary


Looking for a fresh start, advice columnist Sissy Yoder heads to small-town Yoder, Kansas, to help in her aunt’s café. But when a milkman is murdered, the newcomer becomes the prime suspect . . .

After Sissy’s rodeo cowboy boyfriend turns out to be more of a rodeo clown, she packs a bag; picks up her Yorkshire terrier Duke; and leaves Tulsa, Oklahoma, bound for her parents’ former hometown. There are still plenty of Yoders in Yoder, Kansas, including Sissy’s aunt Bethel, who owns the Sunflower Café but recently broke her leg. It’s a homecoming of sorts as Sissy arrives to help in the café and reunite with her pregnant cousin Lizzie. Plus she can continue to secretly write her newspaper advice column as seventy-year-old “Aunt Bess.” But it’s Sissy who could use some advice when she finds the milk deliveryman out behind the café with a knife in his back. As the sheriff’s prime suspect, it’s up to Sissy to catch the backstabber herself—before someone else gets creamed . . .(Amazon)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Sissy has returned to her parents home town to help her aunt Bethel who has broken her leg.  Shortly after she arrives, the milk delivery man is killed with a knife in his back.  Since Sissy is new and she is the une to find the body, she is the prime suspect.  Sissy must find out who the murderer is before she is thrown in to jail.

The author is talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and did not let me go.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  You could tell that Sissy is not used to trying to solve a murder but she is gping to give it her all. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to seeing what type of trouble Sissy gets into next.

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

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