Small Towns Can Be Murder: A Girl and Her Dog Cozy Mystery by Connie Shelton
". . . quaint adobe enclaves hold tightly to their secrets. No matter how dirty." From that opening, the reader knows he or she is in for a treat in this, the fourth book in the Charlie Parker mystery series. . . . The first-person point of view gives this superbly crafted story a Mike Hammer feel, but from a woman's perspective. Small Towns Can Be Murder will motivate most readers to find and read the previous novels in this fascinating series. – Gothic Journal
"Another delicious read for the beach!" -- The Pilot, Southern Pines, NC
"Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes." --The Midwest Book Review
Tucked into the mountains and valleys of northern New Mexico are the hidden towns, little enclaves of history and tradition--and secrets.
It is to one of these towns, Valle Escondido, that Charlie and her office assistant Sally Bertrand go for a July 4 weekend getaway. But almost immediately after their arrival they receive upsetting news and suddenly Charlie has a new mystery to solve.
Meanwhile, Drake Langston, the handsome helicopter pilot that Charlie met in Hawaii (Vacations Can Be Murder) is still in her life. He's coming to New Mexico for a visit, with the idea that he might convince her to move to Hawaii rather than continuing a long-distance relationship.
The plots intertwine and Charlie finds herself sifting through the clues to discover the hideous secrets harbored in Valle Escondido, while she wrestles with the decisions about her personal life as well.
Here is what others have said:
"A good story and a challenging puzzle." -- Robert O. Greer for National Public Radio
. . . and for the earlier books in this series from USA Today bestseller Connie Shelton....
"Good selection for all collections." -- Library Journal
"Charlie is a fabulous amateur sleuth!" -- Midwest Book Review
"Tension is fast-paced in this involving account" -- Bookwatch