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Friday, April 1, 2011

Rest in Peace by Frances Devine

Rest in Peace by Frances Devine
Publisher: Barbour Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (256 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Ride along on a hair-raising adventure with Victoria Storm and her cohorts as they comb Cedar Chapel for clues to a murder. When the local pet store owner is found dead, the coroner deems it due to a fall. But Victoria, her fiancĂ© Benjamin, and the residents of Cedar Chapel Lodge, a senior boardinghouse, think it’s murder. As they begin to uncover evidence, things go from bad to worse and their friend Miss Aggie disappears, leaving her blood-stained clothing behind. Will Victoria catch the killer or be the next victim?

Victoria was just taking her dog down to the pet shop for his shots; how could she guess that she would find the pet shop owner dead on the floor? Unfortunately, the sheriff wasn’t real understanding about it.

Ms. Devine has set her characters in a boarding house. This makes an unusual group of people to try to solve a murder. She gives everyone their own little quirks and personality attributes which are amusing and in some cases humorous. Ms. Devine throws in a dog, a parrot, and a nine-year-old child into the mix just to keep the action moving and give all of her characters challenges.

This book is one of a series, but it reads well alone. The author gives you enough background on the history of the earlier story to make it seamlessly flow into the new story.

The story flows well, has interesting twists and turns, and Victoria has to deal with the demon “jealousy” during the course of the story. There is a Christian theme to the story, but it doesn’t take away from the mystery of why someone would kill Clyde. The mystery grows when one of the main characters disappears.

There are enough tangled webs in this story to keep your attention and entertain you. The characters grow on you and you find yourself anxious to see what happens to Victoria and her boarding house guests next. It’s a very enjoyable read. I’d like to see more in this series.