Title: The Serenity Stone Murder
Author: Marianne Jones
Published Date: September 6th 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
The peaceful city of Thunder Bay is shocked when one of its most prominent businessmen is murdered with a stone stolen from a nearby church garden. Visiting the city to attend a retreat, friends Margaret and Louise become intrigued by the circumstances surrounding the murder and quickly find themselves embroiled in the investigation. Will they discover that they’ve stepped into something they won’t be able to walk away from? Will the murderer target them next?
Artists and friends, Margaret and Louise travel to a touchy-feely retreat to open up their creativity. If that isn’t enough, Louise insists on bringing her dog, Vince, along on the trip. From the car ride to Thunder Bay and on, the banter between the friends is hilarious. They don’t seem to be much alike, however, their friendship is solid.
Serenity Stone Murder is told like your chatty neighbor would tell it. The story is filled with every detail about every person, place and thing remotely involved in the mystery. The leisurely plot pace allows for every character who Margaret and Louse meet to be fully developed.
While the friends seem to luck into finding clues and information much more than they deduce anything, they are instrumental in solving the mystery of who killed casino owner, Doug Whalen.
Ms. Jones’ writing is technically good and her characters are interesting. I found the pace of the plot to be too slow for my liking and bogged down by detailed descriptions. I would have loved for Margaret and Louise to have been a bit more like Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote. Overall, the book is a nice cozy mystery that is appropriate for readers of all ages.
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