Friday, September 11, 2009

Stuck On Murder - Lucy Lawrence

Stuck On Murder
A Decoupage Mystery
Lucy Lawrence
Berkley Prime Crime


When Brenna Miller was desperate to leave Boston, her former college roommate, Tenley Morse came through for her. Tenley suggested Brenna move to tiny Morse Point and clerk for her at her shop, Vintage Papers. Brenna is getting used to small town life – although she’ll still be considered an outsider for decades yet – and enjoying her job. She even teaches classes in decoupage at the shop.

She should have known that when the Mayor asked to speak to her, it couldn’t possibly be good. He wants Brenna to speak to her reclusive landlord, Nate Williams, about selling the lots he owns around the lake. Part of the town wants to develop the land into vacation homes to give the town an economic boost. Others are set against it. Nate is vehemently against it. And, against her better judgment, Brenna mentions the Mayor’s request. That sets off a public feud between the two men. It all ends, though, when Brenna discovers a trunk floating in the lake. Inside the trunk is the very-dead mayor.

Of course, Nate is the prime suspect, and Brenna wants to clear his name. This is an interesting beginning to what could be a very solid mystery series. The initial conflict makes perfect sense and seems pretty realistic, especially in these economic times. Personally, I’ve never been attracted to decoupage, but the author includes enough history and examples to make it sound interesting. There’s a nice cast of characters, a good suspect pool, and a nice setting. I’m looking forward to more from this author.

Rating: 7
September 2009
ISBN# 978-0-425-23029-9 (paperback)


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