THE SUDOKU MURDER: A KATIE MCDONALD MYSTERY
Running Press Book Publishers
2300 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
$12.95 U.S./$13.95 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Katherine McDonald, Katie, works with a highly classified government think tank. The talented mathematician and puzzle whiz is grateful Professor P.T. Avondale introduced her to the world of puzzles. He, and puzzles, helped her in difficult times and now he needs her help.
Police Chief, Brandon Mitchell plans to unravel the murder of the professor. His first suspect is Katie after he sees her with the body. He can be stubborn and a bit radical at times, wondering if Katie is not responsible for much more in the town as he finds her quite interesting.
Katie eagerly returns home to Granville, New England, to help Avondale with a puzzle mystery. She is happy to see the Professor but having her Aunt Prudence nagging about her love life and trying to fix her up with a number of dates does not make her happy. Katie learns the museum is in a financial ruin and in desperate need of repairs. When she finds Avondale slumped over his desk dead, she is determined to find answers but not before the Police Chief arrests her for murder. Brandon believes her to be the number one suspect, but Katie plans to solve the case and prove him wrong. With Brandon breathing over her neck, and her Aunt Pru pushing her on dates, can she solve the puzzle before the killer comes after her?
The first book in this mystery series, The Sudoku Murder is a thrilling read. First off, I adore Katie, who has all the makings of a great female lead. She is talented, spirited and intelligent. The way she stands her ground with Brandon, and the others, makes this a worthwhile read. I love the way she dives into the investigation and stands up to Brandon. Shelley Freydont pens a magnificent tale that engages from the start. She weaves Katie’s Aunt Pru like most overpowering family members who love to pester. This charming read is wonderfully told, and intriguing, as the reader is caught up not only in the investigation of the murder but the detail of the puzzles woven in the storyline. This is one stupendous mystery not to be missed.
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