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Publisher: Kensington Books (May, 2021)
A Scottish Shire Mystery (Book 2 of 3)
Paislee Shaw agrees to chaperon her son’s school fieldtrip to the Leery Estate Gardens for two reasons: she gets to spend time with her son; and she’s hoping to have a word with Lady Leery’s son Shawn Marcus, Paislee’s landlord. An added perk: the hunky headmaster is also a chaperon.
Marcus owns the building that houses her business. He said he’s going to sell his property on Market Street, leaving Paislee and his other tenants out on the street. She’d hoped to talk to him about his decision, but her plan is derailed when a man’s seemingly lifeless body falls through a hedge just yards from her feet. The man bears a striking resemblance to her irksome landlord, but he is identified as Lady Leery’s conman nephew Charles.
Detective Inspector Zeffer has had dealings with Paislee on other cases, and he warns her not to play amateur sleuth. However, she’s sure he’ll be pleased if she helps just a little bit to solve the crime. She is, after all, a witness. And of course she’ll be very careful and not put herself or others in any danger. At least that’s her plan.
She discovers that the extremely dysfunctional Leery family has secrets that at least one person is desperate to keep covered up.
This is the second in the Scottish Shire Mystery series. Paislee is a likable and resourceful protagonist, and the other characters are fully fleshed out and engaging. The setting in a Scottish seaside village is charming. Recommended.
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A Scottish Shire Mystery (Book 3 of 3)