Published by Level Best Books on December 5, 2023
Genres: Amateur Sleuth Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Librarian Greta Plank is hard at work planning and preparing for Larkspur’s Fall Festival and regional tourism showcase which, if successful, will be a boon to the local economy. But disaster strikes and chances of a positive review look slimmer than a periodical’s spine when a series of pranks escalates and one of Larkspur’s own is found dead the same day the reporter is set to arrive.
Desperate to defend her town’s character and get to the bottom of the circulating mayhem, Greta begins indexing suspects. Could the crimes be an outside job, undertaken by someone intent on harming the town’s reputation? Or is someone closer to home trying to ruin Larkspur from the inside?
With destruction of property, sabotage, and strange animal mishaps piling up on top of murder, Greta wouldn’t recommend this ‘choose your own (disastrous) adventure’ to anyone. In the end, she must decide who she can trust so she can close the book on these crimes before the shadowy vandal authors another kill.
This cozy mystery will captivate readers with its relaxing atmosphere that lingers from the very beginning till the end. While some may find the pacing a bit slow and subdued, it was a good read.
One of the highlights of this book is the charming setting of Northern Wisconsin during the vibrant autumn season, which adds an extra layer of warmth and coziness to the overall reading experience. Additionally, the choice of a librarian as the main character adds a unique and intriguing element to the story.
Overall, despite the slower pace, I enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend it to fellow book lovers.
Thank you to NetGalley and Level Best Books for allowing me to read and review this book.