Print Length: 186 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Publication Date: December 20, 2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
NetGalley Book Description:
Louisiana hat maker Miss DuBois is making a name for herself veiling Southern brides-to-be with her sophisticated designs. She’s also gaining a reputation for unveiling murderers . . .
Missy is shocked when she sees the asking price for the Sweetwater mansion . . . in a good way. With business thriving at Crowning Glory, it would be nice to set up shop surrounded by alabaster columns and gleaming mahogany. The Southern connections only deepen when it turns out the real estate agent is Mellette Babineaux, a college classmate and sorority sister. But when Missy drags her best friend Bo along to the mansion for a second look, they barely make it past the live oaks before they discover Mellette’s dead body in a shed. Now, for the sake of her college friend, Missy finds herself investigating everyone from a superstitious Cajun caretaker to a Rolls Royce-driving billionaire–and finding that lots of closet space can mean lots of skeletons, too . . .
When Sweetwater, a mansion in the area, goes up for sale, Missy can’t help herself…she must tour the inside. It would be nice if she and Ambrose had a home of their own instead of living in a rent house. The mansion, its amenities, and the price are exactly what Missy and Bo need and can afford. However, when the lifeless body of the realtor, Mellette Babineaux, a former sorority sister of Missy, is found in a shed on the property, Sweetwater becomes a crime scene. Between speculations of voodoo, a grubby billionaire, a Cajun property attendant, and other possible suspects, Sweetwater is becoming more unattainable.
As the mystery unfolds, Missy discovers several hypotheses as to why the realtor may have been killed. As she continues to help find out why Mellette was killed, the history of Sweetwater continues to bubble to the surface. The murder could be related to any number of things, and with a little bit of help from her cop friend, Lance, she’s determined to figure it out. Just as clumsy as she was in book 1, Missy isn’t the only one that sidestepped the law in book 2. Lance secures a search warrant and allows Missy to tag along and touch things in the home being searched….
The plot is nicely executed and pretty solid. I enjoyed the multiple threads involving the murder, the history of voodoo, the ties Sweetwater has to the Civil War, the billionaire, and the other storylines. There are many twists, turns, viable suspects, and diversions along the way. The author did a great job concealing the real suspect(s) and the reason for the murder.
If you’re looking for a fun cozy mystery then Something Foul at Sweetwater will suit you just fine.
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