A Grave Issue: A Funeral Parlor Mystery

A Grave Issue: A Funeral Parlor Mystery

by Lillian Bell


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After an on-air gaffe goes viral and jeopardizes her career, journalist Desiree Turner retreats home to Verbena, California for some peace and quiet. She begins working one of the quietest jobs around: presiding over funerals for her great-grandfather’s funeral parlor. But the action seems to follow her as a fistfight breaks out between neighbors Rosemarie Brewer and Lola Hansen at one of the first funerals she’s in charge of running. It exposes a nasty dispute and Rosemarie’s husband, Alan, is found murdered shortly after.

Lola’s husband, Kyle, is immediately arrested. Desiree, whose own father’s death was devastating, has always viewed Kyle as a second father. Determined to clear his name, Desiree jumps head first into the investigation and quickly discovers that Alan had several unsavory habits at his job and in his personal life, including putting assets into his mistress’s account to hide them from Rosemarie. People murder for money and love all the time, and there’s no telling who he offended just enough to push them over the edge.

Desiree is looking in all the right places, but she better catch the killer fast before they come for her next in A Grave Issue, the clever series debut by Lillian Bell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683317258
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Series: A Funeral Parlor Mystery Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 583,257
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lillian Bell was born in Dayton, Ohio. She moved when she was four and only remembers that she was born across the street from Baskin-Robbins. Lillian remembers anything that has to do with ice cream. Or chocolate. Or champagne. She recently graduated from the Creative Writing MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles. This is her first Funeral Parlor mystery.

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A Grave Issue: A Funeral Parlor Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great beginning to a series that has potential to become a favorite series for mystery fans. A few more grammatical errors than I like, but not so many to make it difficult to read. Great characters. Great cliff hanger at the end to make you want to snag the next book fast!
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell the first book in her new series Funeral Parlor Mystery. Starting a new series should leave the reader wanting more; more of the main character, more of the secondary characters, more of the town (in the case of cozies anyway), just more. I am totally curious about future shenanigans with Death Ray...err.. sorry. Desiree. DESIREE Turner (*grin*) and her friends and family. As a former reporter, Desiree returns home to help her Sister and Uncle run the family business, a Funeral Parlor. For Desiree, returning home to her small town is difficult. I can totally understand Desiree's dislike of everyone using her old nickname, Death Ray, running into old acquaintances, and noticing the changes in town like what businesses had popped up, even discovering a murdered body. Having Desiree's family own the local funeral home allows for a very interesting look into a world most wouldn't see. In addition, we witness some crazy antics by the visitors to various wakes and funerals. We witness a fight over a dead emu, a grieving grown child jumping into a casket, a trio of gossiping old ladies who show up to all the funerals of townspeople hoping for cookies and then there’s Desiree's link to all of the above, including getting a nice shiner for her efforts. Add in the local newspaper guy who happens to notice everything she does and writes about it in the paper, and our poor girl is getting more attention than she wants. We also get the beginnings of a love triangle: the old high school sweetheart, the old school rival, and the new guy in town. I love reading cozies for the romantic interests, and I'm definitely curious about how this will all play out! I’ll admit I was kept guessing who the murderer was up until the end, and I even ended up wrong at that. I genuinely enjoyed reading this funny, sweet and intriguing book and had trouble putting this book down. Ms Bell kept me on my toes guessing who the killer was, until I turned the last page. The secondary characters were all welcome additions fitting in both Desiree's life and the town. I definitely recommend this book to other readers look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Lillian Bell’s A Grave Issue Desiree Turner, a journalist whose was living in Los Angels, California, blows her career and returns home to Verbena, California. Desiree grew up in the family funeral business. Her father disappeared but his body was never found. Now on her return, Desiree discovers her father’s best friend who was like a second father to her has been arrested for murder. She knows he is innocent but how will she prove his innocence? A fast paced, intriguing and interesting murder mystery. The characters are all very well crafted, diverse, feisty, colorful and small town.....everyone knows everyone else’s business. The funeral business was a novel idea for a setting. It was very informative about the process that occurs in a funeral parlor. A dead emu, two barking dogs, murder, explosions, fire, secrets gifts, fights in the funeral parlor, someone jumping into a relative coffin at the viewing, weed, profit skimming, humor plus a touch of romance combine to make this book a good read. I highly recommend this book. I volunteered to read A Grave Issue. Thanks to the author and publisher via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the book. My opinion is my own.
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell is the first book in the Funeral Parlor Mystery series. From the first page, I found myself wrapped up in this story. Desiree Turner is back home and working in her family's funeral parlor. When a family friend is arrested for murder, she knows he is innocent...and works to prove it. Desiree is a great character who I instantly warmed up to. The mysteries weaved in this story had me guessing all the way until the end. One of my favorite things was how authentic the story felt. Every part of the story felt like it could actually happen and it really helped to pull me into the story. I liked that there was so much more to the story than just the mystery as well. We got a good picture of Desiree's life and her family and friendships. I am already looking forward to the next in this series. I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily sharing my honest thoughts and opinions on the book.
dmhalvers More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that a series set in a funeral parlor would be so much fun to read?! Lillian Bell’s first book in her new Funeral Parlor Mystery series, A Grave Issue, was just that—fun! What a wonderful addition to the cozy mystery genre! Desiree Turner has returned to her hometown of Verbena, California to figure out what’s next in her life after being fired from her job as a journalist because of an embarrassing on-air mistake. Desiree’s family business, Turner Family Funeral Home, needs help with her father having disappeared while surfing and presumed dead, an uncle who doesn’t do the front office work but does wonders with the bodies preparing them for burial, and a bossy older sister who is experiencing difficulties with her pregnancy. One of the first funerals Desiree presides solo over does not go well at all, and a fist fight breaks out between Rosemarie Brewer and Lola Hansen, two women in town. Things go from bad to worse when Rosemarie’s husband, Alan, is found shot to death, and Lola’s husband, Kyle, is arrested for his murder. Desiree doesn’t believe for an instant that Kyle, who has been like a second father to her, is a killer and sets out to prove his innocence. I loved this book! There was some humor, a couple of possible love interests, and a mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. I suspect that the characters will be even more fleshed out as the series develops, and, with this book, we have a nice introduction to Desiree, or “Death Ray” as she was called before she left town, her family, ex-boyfriend, former classmates, and friends. I almost forgot to mention the cliffhanger at the end of this book which makes me super excited to read book #2 in this new series! I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review, and I have done so. All thoughts and ideas are my own.
Angela_PT More than 1 year ago
I always like to start at the beginning of series, so I can get the background stories of the characters and see where they lead. I was pleased with the background story of the main character, Desiree Turner, but even more pleased with the story. It was a great ‘first in a new series’. The funeral parlor provides a great backdrop, but even better is the amateur sleuthing that Desiree does. The last pages of the book set it up perfectly for a series. I’m already excited about following the further adventures of Ms Turner! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion/review.
Biszemom More than 1 year ago
A Grave Issue is the first book in the Funeral Parlor Mystery series by Lillian Bell and tells the story of Desiree Turner as she has returned home to Verbena California in disgrace from her job as a reporter in LA. As Desiree returns home, she takes a job working in her family’s funeral home. However, she soon finds out that the job is not nearly as quiet and peaceful as she might have hoped. I found this book to be a quick, easy read. The locations and characters throughout the book were all well described and allow the reader to become immersed in the story. The characters are believable, but there are also plenty of entertaining human “quirks” to provide entertainment and humor throughout. The mystery itself was executed well and has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Overall, I had a hard time putting the book down! I’m looking forward to more books in this series and finding out more about Desiree, her family and friends. I can’t wait to see how her family drama works out!
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
A Grave Issue is first in A Funeral Parlor Mystery series, taking it to a great start! Imagine growing up in the town’s funeral home, where earthly remains of loved ones are gently prepared with dignity for visitation or viewings, and funerals are conducted with reverence. It is no wonder, then, that Desiree Turner, great-granddaughter of the founder of Turner’s, left for college and went to the big city to start her new career. The author writes with respect for the deceased, sensitivity toward the murder, and laugh-out-loud humor regarding escapades that Desiree and other townspeople become embroiled in. It all starts with an emu. A pet named Vincent, it is owned by banker Alan Brewer’s wife, Rosemarie. She claimed that Kyle and Lola Hansen’s dogs scared the bird to death with all their barking. The Hansens were one of the couples who stepped forward when Desiree and her older sister Donna lost their mother as children. Kyle is their father’s best friend – or was, until Dad disappeared when surfing early one morning a year ago. Kyle has been a second father to Desiree for many years. That’s why she knows Kyle didn’t murder the bank manager. No matter what the evidence said. The characters in this small town of Verbena, California are unique. Many are delightful, most are very likable, and all very community-minded. I like Desiree and her best friend Jasmine, therapist to many who she says are seething with anger. Donna, Desiree’s sister, is too bossy for my liking, but she has stayed in Verbena and Taylor Family Funeral Home while Desiree pursued her career. There are three men in Desiree’s life right now – two that she dated in the past. At least one of the three is very interested in her now. I enjoy Nate and Rafe best, as they are multidimensional, while Luke seems to see life only through the eyes of a detective. Some of the townspeople bring the most humor, including those who caused scenes inside the funeral home. I like how well the characters mesh (and those who don’t – loudly), and how well the author describes nuances of the weather or landscapes. There are many beautiful spots there, from the hills to the shores. To me, I think there are slow places at the beginning, but oh, does it speed up! The mystery is drawn with care, and I appreciate Desiree’s hard work in trying to clear her second father from a murder charge. She misses her father terribly, and is now learning some of his secrets. There are many good suspects, if only Luke would look beyond the immediate and into the smoldering motives! I did guess who the killer was, but no way could I have guessed the multifaceted crimes leading to the murder. The bank manager had more secrets than most, secrets that could shock and damage Verbena. Kudos to Lillian Bell for such a complex, detailed plot with twists and turns this reader didn’t see coming! I highly recommend this mystery to those who enjoy very well-crafted cozy mysteries that takes one out of the armchair and on their toes! From a grateful heart: I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher, and was not required to post a review.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading A Grave Issue, the first book in Lillian Bell's Funeral Parlor Mystery series. Desiree (aka much to her dismay "Death Ray") Turner has returned home to Verbena, California, and her family's business - Turner Family Funeral Home - after losing her job as an on-air reporter in Los Angeles. Her beloved father has passed away suddenly, her sister is having a difficult pregnancy, and a very close friend has been arrested for murder. Fistfights at funerals, lawsuits over dead emus, and cheating husbands - so many memorable characters make this a very fun cozy mystery, and the author adds a nice touch by starting each chapter with an excerpt from the town newspaper. I absolutely recommend it, and am looking forward to the next in series! A+
Phyllis4707 More than 1 year ago
Assistant Funeral Director Solves Murder This is the first in a new series – A Funeral Parlor Mystery. The topic could have been off-putting but author Lillian Bell skillfully introduces the concept of a likeable assistant funeral director solving a murder. Desiree Turner returns home from her journalism career to help her family run their funeral parlor in the small town of Verbena, CA, where she grew up. Soon a murder takes place, and Desiree is sure the suspect is innocent. The police are positive they’ve easily got their man, so it’s up to Desiree to find the real killer. There are plenty of suspects amid the quirky characters, and Desiree is able to use her journalism skills to research motives and alibis. In the meantime, she continues to preside over funerals and is also pursued by two old high school boyfriends – which one will she choose? Although the book is a light-hearted cozy, Bell includes some thoughtful introspection about loss. Desiree’s mother died when she was young, and her warm-hearted, loving father went missing in a presumed surfing accident just a year ago. The book is well-written, even if the story is somewhat predictable. After all, it’s a cozy. But the ending was an unexpected cliffhanger – I can’t wait to read book #2! Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this first in the series by Ms. Bell. Desiree returns home and helps with the family owned funeral parlor but all is not quiet here. Between feuding neighbors where one ends up dead, battling wives in the funeral parlor and the arrest of a dear friend of the family, Desiree with her journalistic background is curious to solve the problem. This was an entertaining read with plenty of twists to keep me guessing. I really enjoyed the beginning of the chapters with a newspaper article, a nice touch. I would have liked a little more description of the characters, but that is minor since the characters are so likable and real. I will continue on with this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Desiree Turner, Deathray, to her friends returns home to Verbena, California and to her family business. They own a funeral parlor. Her good friend Lola's husband, Kyle, is arrested for the murder of his neighbor, Alan. Alan and his wife Rosemarie have not gotten along in recent time so Kyle is a natural suspect. Especially after the most recent argument where Rosemarie has accused Kyle and Lola's dog of murdering Vincent, their pet Emu. Desiree, who considers Kyle as a second father, is trying to find out who really killed Alan in order to save Kyle from going to jail. It seems Alan was not as well liked as many thought he was, so Kyle is not the only one who has a motive. This was a fun cozy mystery and it was great getting in on the storyline at the beginning. Looking forward to more from the Funeral Parlor Mystery series!
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
I really liked many of the elements in this new story. Desiree Turner has moved home to Verbena, California after her journalism career hits a snag in a big way. There is peace and quiet and work for her at the family funeral home. As she is making herself familiar with the old and new faces in town--along with coming to terms with her old nickname, Death Ray, an old friend's arrest for murder after a dispute leads to her investigating the crime. One thing I really enjoyed is how the snippets from the small town-y newspaper, The Verbena Free Press, helps propel the story along. And only in California would there be neighborly disputes over emus!
Jennifer_Houle More than 1 year ago
A GRAVE ISSUE is the first book in Lillian Bell's new "Funeral Parlor Mystery" series. In it, we meet Desiree Turner, a recently disgraced reporter who returns to her home town, one, to live down her humiliation and two, to help with the family business, a funeral parlor. There are all the tell tale signs of a cozy mystery series in the making with this book...Desiree is a likeable main character with strong connections to those close to her, including but not limited to the man she believes has been falsely accused of murdering a neighbor over a disagreement involving an emu and a pair of dogs. She happens to have a loyal best friend who still lives in her quirky hometown, who is the town shrink and is in the know of the anger issues of the town. Sort of helpful when you need to help track down a killer. Multiple suitors, all of whom I'm sure we'll read more about in the rest of the series. The book has a very strong focus on Desiree's missing father in addition to the murder plot line she's trying to help solve. I'm hoping that future books in the series are a little less focused on that. I felt that Bell tried a little too hard to make sure that the book was "contemporary". With cozy mysteries, there are certain things that can help them seem somewhat timeless (at least they could be happening any time in the past 10 years or next 10 years), but it felt like she was trying to ground it with a lot of topics. I hope it continues to work for her, because the danger in doing that is that times can change quickly...and suddenly readers can be turned off the series. Will I read the next one? Probably. I'll give every new series a second try. Will I run out to make sure I get it the day it comes out? Probably not.
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
A Grave Issue is the first installment in what I hope will be a long running cozy series. I loved it. Desiree Turner (Death Ray) is a great protagonist. She is a fallible main character with heart and is real to me. She was a journalist, but after she jeopardized her career on air, she comes home to Verbena, CA. No she is not working in her chosen field, she is helping out at the family business. And what a business it is. She thinks it is going to be the perfect place to hide away. The dead do not talk do they. That’s right, she is working in the family funeral parlor, one that has been in their family since her great- grandfather started it. Her sister is pregnant and could use the help. What could go wrong? Well since this is a cozy, everything right! Funerals are calm and serene right? Not when you have Desiree in the mix. Neighbors Rosemarie and Lola get into a fist fight over what seems to be the death of a pet emu. That’s right an emu. Then Rosemarie’s husband Alan ends up dead, murdered. The likely suspect is Lola’s husband Kyle. That cannot be though. Desiree looks to Kyle as a father after her own father’s disappearance and his presumed dead status. Kyle has always been there for Desiree. No way does she believe he did this, even when the evidence points directly to him. The local police are not doing much to find any other suspects, at least that is how it looks. And with Desiree’s past with Luke she is not getting anywhere trying to convince the policeman to do more. If you pay attention there are clues to other goings on in the small town that could have lead to the bank manager, Alan’s death. Why are there so many blondes at the funeral, what is going on with the weird car wash that never seems to clean cars and other things. Desiree relies on her journalistic knowledge to sift through the clues, talk to the townsfolk and find answers as to who really killed this man. I really enjoyed all the characters and how they fit together (or do not). Desiree may have become one of my favorite amateur detectives. I love her friendships with Jasmine (therapist), Lola and the others she comes in contact with in her search for answers. All the while her father’s death haunts her. I enjoyed author Lillian Bell’s writing style and story lines. This book pulled me in from the start and never let go. The mystery is fun and intriguing. The characters are well developed and enjoyable. I love the setting of this series. I hope to read many more in it. If you enjoy a well written cozy, with humor and a bit of romance, this is just the ticket for you. The author has given us a fun read while still giving the funeral business the respect it deserves. I received a copy from the author and publisher, however this review is my own opinion.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this story. The protagonist, Desiree, and her best friend, Jasmine, were good characters, and I hope to see them grow in future books. When an animal dies in the first paragraph of Chapter One, however, that was a downer for me. I just couldn’t seem to get into the majority of the characters or the plot. The pace did pick up in the last fourth of the story when the author began to reveal motive and means, but altogether it was predictable and I’m rating it 3 Stars.
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
Five words..... the last five words in A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell will have you wanting more !!! But that's getting ahead of myself..... A Grave Issue is the debut novel in the Funeral Parlor Mystery series by Lillian Bell and it is out of this world !! You may think that a book centered around a funeral parlor will be dark and depressing but that is not the case with this book. A Grave Issue is centered around Desiree Turner and her family funeral parlor. She moved back home after a career ending mishap and her father doesn't return from a surfing outing. Desiree takes over as assistant funeral director along side her pregnant sister, Donna, who does all the paperwork and her Uncle Joey who makes the deceased look beautiful. The story begins with a dead bird, barking dogs and two long-time neighbors feuding.....with one of them being shot to death by the others gun !! Kyle and Lola are close friends of the family, especially Kyle who was like a second father to Desiree and Donna. Desiree is determined to prove his innocence even if no one else believes it. This determination leads Desiree all around town uncovering things that you would never believe in a small town where you know everyone.....or at least she did before she left town. A Grave Issue is full of so much you will want to read it slowly to savor every twist and turn but it will be hard to control your mind and eyes. At least we know that there will be another Funeral Parlor Mystery book in the near future......there has to be - the last sentence says so !!! And I for one am holding on to that fact !!!
Shelly9677 More than 1 year ago
A Grave Issue is the Debut book in the Funeral Parlor Mystery Series, featuring Desiree Turner, who grew up in the family funeral business and is a former journalist in Los Angeles, CA. Desiree returns to her home town of Verbena California for some rest and relaxation after an on-air gaffe that left her humiliated. Rest and relaxation is not what she finds in Verbena when a dead body is found and the suspect is someone she knows well. Desiree feels compelled to clear the man’s name. The story line is fast paced and there are plenty of juicy skeletons in the closet that get uncovered. However, I didn’t feel I could connect with the quirky personalities. The author knows how to craft a good story, and the ending is quite good, so I give it 3.5 stars.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell is the first installment in the A Funeral Parlor Mystery series. Desiree Turner has returned home to Verbena, California after ten years. Desiree was a reporter for KLVX-TV in Los Angeles until an on-air faux pas got her fired and unable to find another job in the industry. She is now working at her families’ business Turner Family Funeral Home handling the front of the house issues that used to be done by her father before his disappearance. Alan Brewer is brought in after being shot in the head. There has been an ongoing dispute between the Brewer’s (Alan and his wife, Rosemarie) and their neighbor’s Lola and Kyle Hansen. There was even an altercation at Delia Burns funeral between Lola and Rosemarie. Kyle who has been a second father to Desiree is arrested for Alan’s murder. Desiree knows Kyle did not harm Alan and begins probing into Alan’s death. She soon unearths some interesting information regarding Alan. Which of Alan’s secret got him murdered? Desiree needs to work quickly before Kyle has to submit a change of address form with the local prison as his new address. A Grave Issue is nicely written and has a fast pace. I felt, though, that it was lacking in several areas. The characters were not developed especially Desiree. We are given scant information on Desiree who is a hard character to like. She dives head first into the investigation and puts herself in danger several times. It seems that Desiree has never heard of 911. There are three different mysteries in A Grave Issue. The murder of Alan Brewer, the disappearance of Desiree’s father and Jasmine Rodrigues’ stalker (Desiree’s best friend). Two of these mysteries are resolved in the book and one readers are left to wonder about until the next book. The murder occurs in first chapter (big pet peeve of mine). I wish the author would set the stage first (especially since this is the first book in the series) and then have the murder occur. The identity of the killer is a no brainer. There are a limited number of suspects and a lack of sleuthing. The focus of the book is not on Alan’s murder. More of the story is devoted to Desiree’s missing father. I wonder if this will be the focus of the next book or will it be in the background of the whole series. There are a couple of love interests for Desiree. We will have to wait and see which one strikes her fancy. Verbena, California is a small town full of gossipy, quirky characters. I am giving A Grave Issue 3 out of 5 stars. A Grave Issue is for those readers who prefer light-hearted humorous cozy mysteries.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Grave Issue is the first book in the A Funeral Parlor Mystery series. A very enjoyable new series with an interesting setting, that of a funeral home. Desiree Turner had a very exciting and interesting career going in LA as a TV reporter until a major faux pas while her mike was opened has her returning home to help her family manage their business, the Turner Family Funeral Home. For some time Rosemarie Brewer has been at odds with her neighbors, Lola and Kyle Hensen, over the Hensen’s dogs constant barking at her emu. When she finds the emu dead and the police refuse to investigate, she takes matters into her own hands and a fight ensues between Rosemarie and Lola at a viewing at Turner’s. Then two days later, when Alan fails to return from collecting the eggs, she goes to look for him and finds him dead from a gunshot to the head. Suspicion soon falls on the Hensen’s. Luke Butler soon finds the murder weapon and when it is confirmed that it belonged to Kyle, he arrested for murder. Desiree is very upset that Butler doesn’t appear to be looking for any other suspects, she sets off to prove Kyle’s innocent of the murder. The Turner’s and Hensen’s have been close friends for years and Desiree has always looked upon Kyle as a second father. Desiree soon learns that the bank has been vandalized, more than once, with threats on the life of Alan. When she looks into these act of vandalism she learns of some questionable mortgage and possibly illegal loans by Brewer. With this information, she hopes to find the killer before anyone else loses their life. This is a well-plotted and told story with plenty of twists and turns until the very end. There is an interesting cast of characters and I hope that we will learn more about them in future books. I particularly enjoyed what I would call “professional mourners”. Grace, Olive, and Henrietta, three elderly ladies, who always seem to show up at visitations and funerals so they can munch on cookies. Plus they have lived in Verbena most of their lives and seem to know the good and bad of everyone there. There were a couple of subplots that I am sure will be developed in future books and I am interested in seeing how they develop. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this fun series.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell is a great start to a new series featuring the wonderful protagonist Desiree Turner. After an embarrassing situation as a reporter, Desiree returns to her hometown and the family business. Working in a funeral home is not her desire, but with no where to go, it felt right to her. The disappearance of her father a year before still weighs heavily on her mind. There is no evidence of his death but after a year, she is learning to accept the fact that he's gone. When family friend and father figure is arrested for murder, Desiree's investigative instincts kick in and she is determined to find the truth. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The story was well written and the mystery itself had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. This is definitely a series that cozy mystery fans need to put at the top of their TBR pile. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for choosing me to read an advanced copy of this excellent book.