Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Murder & Delicious Halloween Candy (Daley Buzz Treasure Cove Cozy Mystery Book 29) (Sabrina Carlson Cozy Mystery #6), by Meredith Potts (author), Stephanie Quinn (narrator)

Meredith Potts, September 2019

It's Halloween, and Sabrina Carlson and her police detective husband, David, are at home. Sabrina is giving out candy to neighborhood kids, and David is stressing out about what mischief or disasters will happen this Halloween. Their daughter, Jessica, now a police officer on the Treasure Cove police force herself, is off duty and attending a big Halloween party.

Only Jessica encounters anything interesting that evening. There's a nasty argument between Fiona and her boyfriend, Trevor, and Fiona storms out, telling Trevor not to follow her. Trevor leaves shortly thereafter.

When David gets to the police station the next morning, he learns that Fiona has been found dead, in the town cemetery, killed with a blunt object, at the grave of a former girlfriend of Trevor's. Trevor had dumped that former girlfriend, and taken up with Fiona. The former girlfriend had killed herself shortly thereafter.

David and Sabrina are soon completely involved in the pursuit of the unknown killer. Why Sabrina, you may ask? Well, Treasure Cove is a pretty small town, David finds her helpful, and for some reason no one objects. Plus, it wouldn't be a cozy if David only worked with other cops and Sabrina didn't get involved.

They have several suspects, most importantly Trevor, seen arguing with her right before her death. The other suspect's include the brother and sister of Trevor's former girlfriend, who committed suicide, something for which they blamed Fiona and Trevor. There's also Fiona's former boyfriend, who wasn't happy about being dumped, either.

There are some odd things about this series, not least the fact that on the one hand, David seems unaware that yes, in fact, suspects can refuse to answer his questions (though he could up the pressure by bringing them into police headquarters), and on the other hand, the assorted suspects seem genuinely surprised and a little outraged that David doesn't accept their unverifiable statements that they were at home alone or elsewhere without a corroborating witness as perfect alibis.

Yet all our regulars are likable, fun characters, and this story, like others in the series, is an enjoyable, light listen. Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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