250 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 3 Cups
Bretta Solomon is a florist and the widow of a Deputy Sheriff. She has a knack for sleuthing, much to the disgust of her late husband’s former boss. However, her observations do help him out on occasion.
Toby is a mentally challenged young man who does odd jobs for certain shopkeepers on Hawthorn. His late mother arranged his life for him before she died. Toby is worried about some damaged shrubs his mother wanted him to take care of and asks Bretta for help. He does not live long enough for Bretta’s assistance.
When a young man is murdered in a particularly bizarre and gruesome fashion, Bretta and the shopkeepers of Hawthorn Street are determined to find the killer. Bretta is beset by family problems as well, so she has more than one mystery to solve.
I really liked Bretta and her sensible attitude towards solving the murder. Bailey is a great distraction, though I would have liked to see more of the ex-federal agent. The shopkeepers and Bretta’s family are all very well developed; the reader will feel that they know them. Bretta’s father and the interior decorator are a little too secretive. I found it hard to like Albert. The author’s murder methods were particularly inventive; I have never seen anyone killed in these ways before and I read many mysteries. The plot moved quickly with many twists and turns and a very exciting climax and the epilogue was almost as interesting.
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