This is book one in A River Road mystery.
When Milton Grone turns up dead in tiny River Bend, Illinois, nearly all the would-be suspects have the perfect alibi: attending Thursday night's town meeting. And as Milton was hardly beloved, plenty of folks had a reason to do him in ...
Grone's next-door neighbor was furious about a fence that encroached on her property, among other wicked deeds. A pair of zealous tree huggers wanted Grone's hide for selling a parcel of pristine land to a water park. Grone's current and ex-wife both wanted a cut of the profits, which Grone seemed unwilling to share. Even the town preacher knew Grone's soul was beyond saving.
Though most of River Bend would rather reward the killer than hang him, Sheriff Biddle's not about to let this one go … and neither is Helen Evans. With a penchant for puzzles and an ear for innuendo, Helen quickly fingers the culprit before Biddle puts the wrong suspect in jail.
When I saw that Susan McBride (Debutante Dropout mystery series) was starting a new series of cozy mysteries, I jumped at the chance to start reading something new from her. I was not disappointed.
Helen Evans, the amateur sleuth, is full of energy and vigor with a good stock of common sense - she is not a sugary sweet grandma type but just a really nice person who at the age of 65-70 (can't remember how old she is) has a life outside her house.
I really enjoyed the change in backgrounds and world buildings, as DD mysteries are set in the huge sprawling Dallas community and River Road is a nice, quiet mid-western town along the Mississippi. It is just really charming without being sugary sweet.
The mystery itself was not hard to figured out, but I like the different plot lines as it gave me an opportunity to get a defined sense of the different characters.
Easy read for a lazy afternoon.
I will definitely read the next book in the series.