The author of Maple Mayhem returns to Sugar Grove, New Hampshire, where the Greene family—including Dani's irksome Aunt Hazel—are busy preparing for the annual Maple Festival. But nothing kills the festive spirit like murder…
Aunt Hazel isn’t exactly sweet, but
she’s not the only one putting syrup maker Dani in a sour mood. Her
family is trying to help renovate the town’s Opera House, but their
contractor Russ Collins seems to specialize in finely crafted excuses.
And his latest one is killer.
In the Opera House basement, Russ
uncovers the remains of Spooner Duffy, a charming drifter thought to
have skipped town decades ago with a hefty sum of the town’s money.
Tapping into some unpleasant memories, Spooner’s bones also threaten to
reveal a murderer’s secret, and now it’s up to Dani to catch a killer
before the town is stuck with a deadly reputation.
One of the best things about a cozy? They teach you things. Wonderful things. A new craft, a delicious recipe, and sometimes even a new trade. In A Sticky Situation, I was fascinated by the process in which maple syrup is made. I know there's so much more to the book than this, but it was a huge reminder to me of how much time, effort and research goes in to creating one of these series. It's always amazing to me the education the authors give themselves. Just simply amazing.
Of course, the story itself was great too. I loved the festival and the whole idea of it. I loved the "cold case" type of mystery - very noir-esque. The characters are always a joy, especially Dani. She's exactly the type of person I would imagine dedicating her time and energy to making something like syrup. She's just so sweet :)
I like this series. It makes me smile, and the author has done a superb job of creating a town that I want to come back to again and again.
Rating: 4.5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.
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