Title: Murder in the Arboretum (Cold Creek #2)
Author: Christa Nardi
Published Date: September 5, 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Another murder in small town Cold Creek has tensions rising. Clive Johnson, the groundskeeper at Cold Creek College, is a convenient scapegoat for a police chief who seeks an easy solution. Convinced Chief Pfeiffe has it all wrong, professor and psychologist Sheridan Hendley sets out to help prove Clive’s innocence. But not everyone is pleased by her enthusiastic search for the truth. Just as her life is looking up personally, it looks like she might be the next victim.
Main character, Dr. Sheridan Hendley, and her best friend Kim, are psychologists and teachers at a small private college. Dr. Hendley’s boyfriend, Brett, is a state trooper who she met in book one. After the campus maintenance man, Clive, is accused of murder, the three of them, they relentlessly plod through the clues in the search for the true murderer.
The characters are well developed and intelligently presented, and the plot is well paced. The mystery is played out well with sufficient clues that readers can come up with a short list of likely suspects. There are no wild red herrings intentionally inserted to mislead readers. Murder in the Arboretum is a very enjoyable read that will be appreciated by fans of cozy mysteries and small town mysteries.
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