Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sealed With A Kill - Lucy Lawrence

Sealed With A Kill
A Decoupage Mystery
Lucy Lawrence
Berkley Prime Crime


It’s fall in New England, and there are lots of tourists around, looking at the gorgeous leaves. Brenna Miller, who works at Vintage Papers with/for her best friend, Tenley Morse, sees more than her share of these tourists since she lives in a cottage on a scenic lake. When another friend asks Brenna to take his group for a walking tour, she agrees. What could happen on a nature hike?

What happens is that Brenna finds her third dead body since moving to tiny Morse Point. That’s bad enough; it’s even worse that the group of sight-seers had to see it, too; and even worse is that the body turns out to be that of Harvey Lester, longtime business partner of Tenley’s dad. The partners were having some financial issues, and suspicion naturally falls on Mr. Morse. Tenley begs Brenna to put her sleuthing skills to work, and Brenna is unable to refuse.

This is the third installment (STUCK ON MURDER, CUT TO THE CORPSE) in this very solid series, and newcomers will have no problems at all jumping in at this point. This is one of those times a reader can look back after the murderer is unmasked and see the clues that were planted along the way. The ongoing will-they-or-won’t-they between Brenna and Nate is resolved in this book, and there are a couple of interesting subplots to keep things lively. Townspeople of all walks of life are rendered as complex, real people. This series is a very solid bet for fans of cozy mysteries.

Rating: 7
March 2011
ISBN# 978-0-425-24025-0 (paperback)


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