(A Piney Woods Mystery)
by Teresa Trent
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Setting - Texas Camel Press (January 15, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
E-Book ASIN: B076XVG8JP
When Nora Alexander drives into Piney Woods, Texas, to fulfill her dying mother’s last wish, she has no idea what awaits her. First she is run off the road, then the sealed letter she delivers turns out to be a scathing rebuke to the town’s most beloved citizen and favored candidate for Piney Woods Pioneer: Adam Brockwell. Next thing you know, Adam has been murdered in a nasty knife attack. Suspicion instantly falls on Nora, one of the last people to see him alive. After all, everyone in Piney Woods loved him. Or did they? Nora learns that her mother had a complicated past she never shared with her daughter. Told not to leave town by Tuck the flirty sheriff, Nora finds a job with Tuck’s Aunt Marty trying to get the rundown Tunie Hotel back in the black. The old hotel was Piney Woods’ heart and soul in its heyday as an oil boomtown. Now the secrets it harbors may be the key to getting Nora off the hook. She’s going to need to solve the mystery quickly to avoid arrest, or worse: becoming the killer’s next victim.
Teresa Trent lives in Houston, Texas and is an award-winning mystery writer. She writes the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series, is a regular contributor to the Happy Homicides Anthologies. Teresa is happy to add her Henry Park Mystery Series to her publishing credits with Color Me Dead, the first book in the series. Teresa has also won awards for her work in short stories where she loves to dabble in tales that are closer to the Twilight Zone than small town cozies. When Teresa isn’t writing, she is a full-time caregiver for her son and teaches preschoolers music part-time. Her favorite things include spending time with family and friends, waiting for brownies to come out of the oven, and of course, a good mystery.
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
Great start to a new series. We get to five in with Nora being sent in the task to hand deliver a letter by her dying mother. She arrives in the small town of Money Woods to find it enchanting. Nora delivers the letter with no clue of its contents only to find out the recipient was murdered soon after. She is now the prime suspect when the contents of the letter become known and is forced to stay in town. What follows is a intriguing mystery that mixes with personal details in such a manner that I found the book hard to put down. There is an amazing amount of secrets revealed that I never really saw coming making this a fascinating read to say the least. I am already attached to all the main characters and am really looking forward to the next installment in the series. If you enjoy a good cozy mystery you should give this book a try. I really enjoyed it so I give it 4/5 stars
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