Author: Genevieve Essig
Series: Cassie Gwynne #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 344
Date of Publication: August 15, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
Cassie Gwynne might be adept at solving murders, but doing so is not by choice. She just always happens to be in the right place at the right time. Having a curious nature and excellent skills of deduction definitely helps. It comes to no surprise that Cassie gets this chance yet again. Discovering the body of Chester Pence affords Cassie this very opportunity.
Doing what she does best, Cassie starts asking questions. The more questions she has the less clarity she gains. One of the issues is that Chester had acquired a number of enemies even though he was relatively new in town. His nefarious activities included stealing a wedding dress or a man’s cigars. Why Chester was acting in such a manner is very unclear, thus there are no shortage of suspects.
However, there is definitely a wrench in Cassie’s ongoing investigation. One of her closest friends, Mr. Hu, confesses to the crime. Cassie finds that impossible to believe. She is definitely in a quandary because she cannot understand why he would confess to something that he certainly would not have done. Finding the actual murderer takes on even greater importance to Cassie.
This series by Genevieve Essig is thoroughly entertaining. One of the things that really drew me to this series are the lovely covers each book has. This book, as well as the first two books, A Deception Most Deadly and A Plot Most Perilous, all have striking covers and are quite enjoyable, making this a most delightful series. I also love the time frame and setting that surrounds the series, that of 1884 in Florida. For a lovely series with wonderful characters, always an intriguing plot, a slow burn romance between Cassie and a local policeman, as well as a developing back story, the Cassie Gwynne series is one that I would definitely recommend, and I am very excited for the next installment.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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