This is the first book in a newly-released and named series by Amy Patricia Meade. She’s a new-to-me author as well. The series of two books was originally released starting in 2011 with the first of the same title, and the second was released in 2017. I love what was done to freshen and brighten up the cover to this book! It’s truly an autumn read now even on the cover.
Since the original series only had two books, I’m wondering if the author’s hoping to do more than two this time around. I guess we’ll find out eventually!
My Goodreads review:
This is a revised edition of the same title that was originally published in November of 2011. I really like the new cover so much better! It’s brighter and way more inviting to read with elements of what’s super important to the story itself.
I enjoyed reading about Nick and Stella and them both being main characters. For one thing, I’ve never read a book that featured the entire married couple as the sleuth. They sleuthed as one, in other words and their banter was sometimes hilarious. They behaved themselves with said banter a little more when they were talking to who they thought were suspects. I had to chuckle at their good cop/bad cop antics during questions they asked, but the sheriff seemed to respect them. I mean, what else do you have to do with your time when a body was found in your new house’s well, and you can’t live in the new house yet? The whole time I was reading I thought of the light innuendo that was always fun with Hart to Hart’s Jennifer and Jonathan (as a married couple example) or with Castle and Beckett.
The characters were quirky and all over the place. I especially liked Alma, sweet shop owner and good neighbor extraordinaire who loved taking care of Stella and Nick when they couldn’t get into their house. I got a kick out of how the sheriff always had a crush on her.
I was sure I knew who the killer was, but it was a surprise with a quick but exciting showdown. It’ll be fun to explore the next book and see if the sheriff and Agnes make any progress toward a relationship that’s more than just friends!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.