This is the second book in the newer series Georgia B&B by Anna Gerard, also known in cozy mystery circles as Ali Brandon and Diane A.S. Stuckart. I love the setting for this series and the fellow small businesses in Nina’s town. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I wasn’t annoyed by the character of Harry this time around. I got a big kick out of him hauling the Yorick skull prop around for the Hamlet production. It was even at the breakfast table lol.
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’d really liked the first book in this series when I read it last year, and this one was a great follow-up. It was set not very long after the first one, and when Nina’s nemesis Harry showed up, I was all ready to be upset with him and wish he’d go away. But he surprised Nina (and me!) by acting fairly normal, well for Harry anyway. It does help if you read the first book first. Then it’ll be easy to understand just why Nina wasn’t a fan of Harry’s and wasn’t happy to see him back.
Once again, they made good sleuthing buddies. I got a kick out of his nickname for their little operation of looking into the death of one of the Shakespeare players. I think eventually Nina decided to cut Harry a little slack. I do like them a lot better when they’re getting along, and who knows, she might even fall for him. 😉
The mystery was sort of a premises mystery with only the people in the troupe as logical suspects. I wasn’t surprised by who did it, but I’d had someone else in mind most of the time. I really enjoyed the showdown, because staged ones are so much more fun and tricky. It’ll be interesting to see what old Wild Hare (Harry’s tour company) Harry gets into in the next book. I’m sure whatever it is, Nina’s going to be right in the thick of it with him!