All appears peaceful in sleepy Port Quincy, Pennsylvania–but in this small town, old grudges die hard. . .
After dumping her cheating fiancé and cancelling the wedding, Mallory Shepard can’t bear another disaster. So when the former bride-to-be unexpectedly inherits Thistle Park, a ramshackle mansion in her ex’s hometown of Port Quincy, it’s a problem she can’t afford–literally. Abound with stray cats, peeling wallpaper, and nosy neighbors, Mallory is dying to sell it off–once she finally fixes up both the place and her messy life. . .
Turns out, Thistle Park has its charms. But the honeymoon phase is abruptly cut short when an unwanted visitor is found dead on the front lawn. Enlisting the help of her sister Rachel, Mallory vows to unveil the killer before she herself becomes married to the suspect list. . .
There’s nothing like a woman scorned. When Mallory Shepard gets a package in the mail, filled with pictures of her cheating fiance, she’s left in a tailspin. But things get even more confusing as she discovered she’s been deeded a house from her former fiance’s grandmother. The mansion is in a dire state, but for the time being, Mallory and her sister, Rachel are in desperate need of a place to stay.
First off, let me just say I did not like Mallory’s fiance, Keith when he was initially introduced. At a wedding cake tasting, Keith continuously plays ignorant to his hateful mother’s rude behavior towards Mallory. Afterwards, he’s completely indignant and ignorant as to why Mallory is outraged that he has chosen for her to move out of the city and just down the street from his mother. His claims that she will stay home with the kids is demeaning and the fact he acts as if she is not as good of a lawyer as him, left me wanting to strangle him.
Nonetheless, I was impressed that Mallory was able to walk away when she discovered his cheating. Though she had some extremely out of control outbursts, she still manages to confront Keith and his hateful mother time and time again. But what bothered me was how easily she allowed herself to be cowed at work. I’ll admit, I was second guessing her sister’s appearance in all of this. Not that I suspected her of murder, but she doesn’t exactly come off as reliable or trustworthy. Perhaps it’s the fact she’s catty and flighty. Or the fact her mere presence brings Mallory down. Whatever it is, I’m not a fan and I’m hoping she’ll eventually go away.
As for the town of Port Quincy, we are introduced briefly to a handful of its townspeople and the setting itself. Hopefully the author will continue to build the setting as most cozy mystery work well because of all of the setting and crazy townspeople. But for an introductory book, this one is an exemplary setup for the books that are to come. It’s an entertaining and fast paced read. The author does an amazing job keeping the identity of the killer(s) under wraps and overall, I found myself not wanting to put the book down, which is always a great sign.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun new cozy mystery to add to their collection.
Reviewer’s note: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.