I know, I know, it’s Tuesday. Yesterday was the 4th of July and I was off the day job. My parents came out for BBQ, then I re-did our outdoor sectional. I bought it six years ago (with part of the proceeds of my writing!), but the cushions were looking really sad. I picked up some outdoor fabric at JoAnn’s and wrapped the cushions, then secured them with safety pins. H/T to Pinterest for that tip – it makes it super easy to unpin the fabric and wash it when it gets dirty. 🙂
Anyway, on to murder!
I had no idea what to expect from this book. I saw the cover a couple of times before I decided to give it a read. It gave me an Agatha Christie feel. In reality, the plot didn’t remind me of Christie, but did feature a cast of characters that felt equally important to the story: Winifred (“Freddie”), Cain, Marigold, and Whitt. The four strangers are bound by a chance encounter at the Boston Public Library when a woman screams and a body is later found. What begins as a curiosity about the death leads the quartet to investigate turns into a twisty bunch of connections between the four and the dead woman.
And there’s a twist. The story is actually a manuscript by a famous author who has a beta reader intimately involved in her writing process. Though he begins as a trusted friend, his communications begin to hint at more.
The mystery is well written and well plotted. The characters are interesting. As a writer myself, I found the story within a story an added bonus. I enjoyed it.