This is the fifth book in the Kelly Jackson series by Janet Finsilver. It’s always fun to visit Redwood Cove and the Inn that Kelly runs there. I really enjoy the characters of Helen, her cook and Helen’s 10-year-old son, Tommy who is highly intelligent for his age and always looking to learn something new. This time he was trying to get his basset hound Fred to learn tracking the way that police dogs do by getting him together with Gus, the bloodhound. The Russian festival theme of this book made for a great murder mystery and I was definitely surprised by the killer.
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I always enjoy a trip back to Redwood Cove to visit with Kelly Jackson and all her friends. I just love the Silver Sentinels, the senior group of sleuths that always helps solve cases in Redwood Cove. They all have their individual parts, a lot of which includes internet research. It was fun to see Kelly and Scott get a little bit closer. I liked learning a little more about the Doblinsky brothers, Ivan and Rudy, who were also part of the Silver Sentinels. They got to reconnect with some family, and their own little family of Sentinels was more than determined to get to the bottom of the murders that happened.
I love how these books always include normal life as well as the main mystery–and they do a really nice wrap-up at the end. Deputy Bill Stanton was training a bloodhound named Gus who liked to come to the Inn and play with Fred, Tommy’s basset hound. Tommy was so interested in teaching Fred how to track like Gus, that he looked it all up online and was practicing with his friend Allie. The scene with Scott teaching Kelly how to make an apple pie was really funny. I hope they do eventually get together, but Scott is so sweet in giving Kelly all the space she needs after her nasty divorce. I’m always anxious for the next book in this series!