Tuesday, November 13, 2018

4 stars-- Fatal Frost (Dewberry Farm #2) by Karen MacInerney

Note: I accidentally deleted 6 months of the blog so this is a repost. All comments on the original posts were unfortunately lost. Sorry! 

Nice mysteries, interesting set up, great narration. Fatal Frost was a fantastic time.
The Gist: Someone is intent on being a Grinch. The ladies in town are receiving nasty letters accusing them of all kinds of things and two of those ladies, well, they wind up dead. Even worse? One of Lucy's good friends is being accused of the murders.

I enjoy Lucy. She's hardy stock. A recent addition to the town after she purchased her grandmother's old farm she's still getting the swing of farm life and trying to find a way to make a living off of the items it produces. I like seeing her on the farm and figuring things out. She's crafty and resourceful.

There's a tiny bit of romance though it takes a distant second seat to the mystery. I hope that'll play a bit more into the next one.

And the mystery was nicely done. Full of interesting elements and not completely easy to guess. I liked watching it play out and seeing Lucy and those around her figure out the pieces of several different issues that pop up.

Teri Clark Linden is one of my favorites. She did a fantastic job with a ton of characters (main and secondary town folk) and kept things flowing nicely. I listened at 1.25 speed.

Overall, a fantastic read/listen. It was easy to fall into the story and time quickly passed. With an easy narration and interesting mystery Fatal Frost was time well spent.

Lucy Resnick’s nerves are as tight as a tea cozy. Her new goats, Hot Lips and Gidget, keep making a break for the town square, her truck is dying, and her boyfriend’s gorgeous ex-wife is in town for the holidays. Worse, someone’s digging holes on her land…and uprooting her peach orchard and dewberry patch in the process. Lucy needs additional holiday stress like she needs a blow to the head—which she receives one night, courtesy of the mystery digger.

When the dim-witted sheriff arrests one of Lucy’s best friends, the former reporter puts her own problems on the back burner and starts investigating. What she finds is a patchwork of clues—an injured puppy, a sapphire necklace gone missing, and a string of poison-pen letters—that draws her deep into a web of small-town secrets.

Word travels fast in Buttercup. When the killer learns Lucy’s on the trail, Lucy finds she needs more than her reporting skills to save her friend—she needs a Christmas miracle.

Amazon | Goodreads | MacInerney/Linden on HCBS
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