LITTLE SHOP OF HOMICIDE:
A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery
By Denise Swanson
Signet, March 2012 ($7.99)
Reading level: 18+
Reviewed by Miriam Martinez
Noah Underwood's fiancée, Joelle Ayers, is found murdered, tied to her bed, and the prime suspect is Deveraux Sinclair, the owner of the old-fashioned five-and-dime store. Not only had Dev prepared a gift basket for the victim which contained the objects with which the murder had been committed, but it happened that Deveraux had been Noah's girlfriend back when they were high-schoolers. The police officer in charge of the case wants to see Dev behind bars, because before she bought the shop, she had worked for the company who had stolen his retirement money in a scam.
With the help of her friends Poppy and Boone, and US marshal Del Vecchio who's just arrived in town, Dev is determined to clear her name even if it means to face Noah again (with whom she had lost contact).
This is a very nice story; fast-paced as all Denise Swanson's books are, and with characters who are just as friendly and appealing as always. A great nice first book in a promising series! Not only is the mystery well crafted, but it keeps you wondering what will happen next, and it is always refreshing to find some refined humor and sweet romance as well.
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