Sheriff Cas Larkin has his hands full running for office again when two homicides, more than 100 years apart, surface. Cas believes the two deaths are connected and his wife, Connie, an amateur local historian and ever the romantic, wants in on the action.
While Cas investigates the fresh murder, Connie digs into Maryvale's founding family's records kept in the Library's basement and encounters a classic haunting requiring more than a séance to unravel.
As the pair chase hot clues and follow cold trails, the truth behind two murders and a 100-year old love triangle hangs in the balance.
THE MARYVALE COZY MYSTERY SERIES, in order
The Devil in Maryvale
The Nelson Scandal
Recipe for Trouble
The Mardi Gras Murder
ABOUT JACKIE GRIFFEY:
Cozy mystery author Jackie Griffey likes to read as well as write mysteries and romantic suspense. She and her family, two cats, a Chihuahua, and a couple of wild bunnies live in Arkansas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Needs editing. I liked the 1st story much more.
I received a free copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for an honest review. The holidays are here and Sheriff Cas Larkin is saddled with two murder cases that he is certain are connected, but proving it is going to be difficult. The only connection seems to be that they were both drug users. It is even harder when people are withholding information that may help to solve the crimes. Once again, proving it will be nearly impossible. Meanwhile, his wife, Connie, is enthusiastically pursuing information about the Nelson Family. Edgar Nelson donated the land that the Courthouse sits on and the library is the former Nelson residence. Connie may find some help with the old files in the basement of the library, but when she goes there, Connie feels not only an extreme cold, but also a sense of sadness and she hears a soft crying. Is the library basement haunted? This book seems to be more focused on the mystery surrounding the Nelson family, than solving the two murders, but are the mysteries related? This book seemed to have a somewhat slower pace than the first, but was still a good read with well developed characters.
Pro: Characters are likable and warm. A good kick back cozy. Con: editing is non-existent. Thought I'd lost my mind several times until I flipped a few pages back and realized I was reading the very same dialogue I'd read several pages before. I think this series has a good potential with updating and good editing.
Pine County Sheriff Cas Larkin is investigating two homicides, one man killed by blunt force trauma, the other shot. Although there is nothing to tie the two men together other than they were both drug users, Cas suspects their murders are connected. Cas¿s wife Connie becomes interested in Edgar T. Nelson, founding father of their small town of Maryvale, and his daughter Mary Lou. Rumor has it that after Mary Lou ran off to marry a Frenchman, Nelson shot himself and Mary Lou never returned home. Connie finds dated material about the Nelsons in the basement of the town¿s library, and while exploring hears someone crying. However, no one else is in the basement with her. Strange things begin happening in the library and several people think it may be haunted. When a medium confirms this, Connie begins to investigate who might be haunting the library and why, which leads to past murders that tie into the present two her husband is investigating. Griffey has written a highly entertaining story, incorporating small-town charm with loveable primary and secondary characters wrapped around two interconnecting mysteries. The Nelson Scandal is part of a series that promises to snag readers¿ interests and not let go, with nicely developed characters, appealing locale, and the unique juxtaposition of a professional investigator paired with an amateur sleuth.