Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Behind the Walls by Elaine Orr
Jolie has a new house. It has withstood Hurricane Sandy and has some things that need to be repaired and remodeled but it's hers. She doesn't have to live with her Aunt and Uncle anymore. What is does is plunk her in the middle of an even bigger problem...
Ms. Orr sent me a copy of her book to read for review (thank you). You can buy a copy on Amazon in ebook, print, or audio.
This is a cozy mystery that lots of small town characters in it. There's Max, who isn't quite right. Scoobie is a good younger friend who actually can anticipate how things make her feel. He's also ready to protect her if she needs it. She has George, who she broke up with and isn't sure she wants to revive that relationship. She also has her Aunt and Uncle (Aunt Madge is bit of a control freak and is always butting in) and her animals. She also has a personal relationship with the cops, but she's not sure that's a positive thing.
One of my favorite parts of this novel is the skunk. It comes in the back door one day and never leaves. It seems her cat got used to her Aunt's dogs so the skunk is good company for her now that they've moved. Everybody in town knows the skunk because it used to belong to the previous owner so she's soon a celebrity whether she meant to be or not.
The trouble all starts when they are working on a wall that had a mold problem. They're checking to make sure it has been conquered. When they find a pouch behind it, it turns out there are diamonds and jewelry in it. Whose was it and why was it there?
Before the story is over, there are two people dead, everyone thinks the jewels should be theirs, and Jolie is having a hard time staying alive.
This was a very good mystery. It has a good plot, lots of actions, and the quirky actions of the characters are amusing. Most all of them are good people, just a bit odd is all. Sounds like every small town I've been in.