Nothing disrupts a celebration quite like an uninvited corpse.
Adina already knows the city can be a dangerous place. That’s why she’s looking forward to a stress-free weekend in rural Pennsylvania with her favorite detective. Maybe not all that stress-free. They are attending an engagement party and Adina will be meeting Jonathan’s family for the first time.
Except the holiday weekend takes a deadly turn when leading industrialists, a hard-core environmentalist, and a bevy of wealthy partygoers converge on the Riverfront Lodge, and the couple stumbles upon yet another dead body. Drawn into the ensuing investigation, making a good impression on Jonathan’s parents is the least of her worries.
A standalone novella, Dead amid the Dogwoods is the fifth mystery in the Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Series.
~ * ~ Heather‘s Review ~ * ~
I require books to have strong female characters, and that is Adina. Adina began dating someone in previous books, and this book is about a year into their relationship. Previous books focused more on Adina’s friendships, but this one was about her relationship. And I enjoyed seeing her relationship progress but also seeing her alongside Jonathan on the murder.
I loved this book just as much as I loved the previous four! This cozy mystery felt more like the focus was on Adina and Jonathan and their weekend than the mystery, but I enjoyed that because it felt natural. It would have been odd for them to have a weekend together and not focus on them.
It’s been two years since I read the previous book in this series, and when I was getting ready to read this one, I was worried about remembering the characters and details. I have a terrible time remembering individual books and series because of the amount I read. I usually go back and reread a series to familiarize myself with it. I did not need to with this series. As soon as I started this book, I felt like I was back with old friends. For me, that says a lot.
I didn’t figure out who the culprit was in this book, but there were a lot of characters to consider. In previous reviews, I’ve mentioned that the author has created characters that I’d love to be friends with from a distance, and that hasn’t changed! The more I read about Adina, the more I like her. Whether you’re new to cozy mysteries or an experienced cozy mystery sleuth, this is a series you should be reading. The characters feel like real people. The author’s writing is enjoyable and pulls you into the story.
**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.
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Reblogged this on Cassidy's Bookshelves and commented:
Excited to share with you the first review of my latest book – Dead amid the Dogwoods.
Thank you so much for your kind words. Made my day.
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