Janet and Joan Markham were first seen in a previous Aunt Bessie book and now have a series of no-murder cozy mysteries, and I enjoyed watching them team up with Bessie. In the Markham Sisters mystery The Jackson Case, a pair of con-men swindled a charity out of its proceeds from a charity auction. and in Aunt Bessie Observes, both found murdered. I'm not really sure what Bessie observed, other than the horrifically garish theme cottage that neighbor Maggie fixed up (which made me laugh out loud!) but this was still an entertaining and enjoyable read with a fascinating cross-over mystery.
While this is a great cozy series this one was just.....okay. I struggled to get through the first half of the book (between Shelly's uncharacteristic insecurity and Fenella's man problems, I was a bit bored) but once the action picked up, I enjoyed it a lot more. I loved the little clue that solved the murder and Aunt Mona is always good for a hoot.
This was one of the better ones in the series, I think. I loved the intricately twisty plot and the addition of Pete to the foursome to investigate. With many suspects and an unknown motive, it was challenging to figure out who murdered Julie and who the real target was and the twist at the end was suprrising. I have to say, I didn't much care for Laura, and I suspected she wasn't truthful about her past. I won't lie, I cheered when she left. Poor Henry, he doesn't realize he dodged a bullet.
I liked this one, the story coming full circle from the first book, Aunt Bessie Assumes, bringing back Danny Pierce's widow, Vikky. The plot moved along quickly; there was an interesting cast of suspects, and I have to say, I quite liked Alastair, who was easily tamed by the formidible Aunt Bessie. It's always fun and entertaining to spend an evening with Bessie and her friends and the suprise twist ending capped off the book with a satisfying ending.