Thursday, November 14, 2013

Shadows of Death by Jeanne M Dams

Dorothy Martin and her husband, Alan, decide to visit Orkney in Scotland on a holiday and tour some Stone Age excavations.  Dorothy is not as enthused as Alan because it will be wet and cold and involves boat trips.  However, it was something Alan's wife used to do with him when she was alive, and she won't let that dead woman best her.  She'll go and make new memories with Alan.  The problem is that the new memories aren't good ones...

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to download a copy of this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published the first of January, 2014, so make a note on your TBR list.

I found this series not too long ago and bought every book in it.  I enjoy Dorothy and her neighbors, her new husband Alan, and all her little personality quirks.  These mysteries remind me a bit of Agatha Christie's style and I like that also.  So finding a new one I hadn't read yet made me smile.

The archeology dig is interesting in more than one way.  The village they located is thousands of years old.  However, the man with the money thinks there is another site under it that may even be older.  He also doesn't care about the one above as much as what might be below.  The locals care very much about the one above.  And the farmer who's land it's on wants more money than they are paying him for access.  A town hall meeting turns into a shouting match and Dorothy and Alan are glad to leave early.

Things get worse the next day.  The developer is found on the site, dead.  How he got there, where his boat went, and who killed him is unknown.  They take the farmer into custody because the developer's watch is found on his side of the fence and there is blood by the water trough.  But it's not an open and shut case.  Alan and Dorothy have their doubts.

You meet more odd characters as they begin their investigation.  Every new fact they find makes it more complicated.  What's most disturbing is that the island is small and the murderer must be one of their acquaintances.  But which one?

This is a cozy mystery and a good read.  A nice cup of tea, a few biscuits and a comfortable chair and you're good to go.  Why not hitch along on Dorothy and Alan's trip?

Happy reading.

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