I have been to New Hampshire, it was like a whole different world to what I was used to and so very charming. I was really happy to be able to travel back there in the latest Sugar Grove Mystery, A Sticky Situation by Jessie Crockett.
From the back of the book:
The author of Maple Mayhem returns to Sugar Grove, New Hampshire, where the Greene family—including Dani's irksome Aunt Hazel—are busy preparing for the annual Maple Festival. But nothing kills the festive spirit like murder…
Aunt Hazel isn’t exactly sweet, but she’s not the only one putting syrup maker Dani in a sour mood. Her family is trying to help renovate the town’s Opera House, but their contractor Russ Collins seems to specialize in finely crafted excuses. And his latest one is killer.
In the Opera House basement, Russ uncovers the remains of Spooner Duffy, a charming drifter thought to have skipped town decades ago with a hefty sum of the town’s money. Tapping into some unpleasant memories, Spooner’s bones also threaten to reveal a murderer’s secret, and now it’s up to Dani to catch a killer before the town is stuck with a deadly reputation.
While this was the third in a series, I was able to follow along like it was the first without having read the other two. The setting was charming and I really loved it's link to making maple syrup. The mystery was unique to many in that it was regarding a body found from a long ago murder, so it was more about setting the past right, which was a nice change.
I also found it refreshing that while there was a love interest there was no triangle or worse, it seemed more pure and realistic.There was a genuine, cozy feeling to this cast and tale that was spot on. Like I mentioned at the start, I have not read the first two parts but I am going to... next because I would love to see how all of the wonderful characters came to be in the place they are now.
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