Murder Under the Mistletoe: Debby Mayne

A Summer Walsh Mystery, Book 1

Former Policewoman, Summer Walsh, has floated between unsatisfying jobs since leaving the force. Black Friday was her last day working retail. Trying to help her re-focus her life, her parents gift her a stay at a quaint bed & breakfast. Taking a trip to South Carolina may be just the breath of fresh air she needs.

Mrs. Birchfield’s bed & breakfast has been a favorite vacation spot for Summer’s parents for as long as she can remember. Upon arriving at the B & B, Summer notices the Christmas decorations, abundance of mistletoe, and Mrs. Birchfield’s body. Right beneath a sprig of mistletoe, the kind, older lady has been stabbed & left.

Although they weren’t close, Summer knew that Mrs. Birchfield was a kind-hearted, good-natured lady in her seventies. She can’t think of why anyone would want to harm her. Jim Lupton, the investigating officer, enlists Summer’s expertise as a former woman in blue to assist him in the investigation. A rival inn owner, a shady boyfriend, & a deceitful employee all show Summer that this case won’t be easy. With Officer Lupton leading the way, she’s determined to solve the case.

Career flip-flopping makes Summer believable & likeable. With no family tying her down, she’s trying to find her place in the world. It seems obvious to everybody except Summer that her destiny is to be a policewoman. She respectfully stays with the confines of the law, allowing the active Officer to do things legally. For a Cozy Mystery, there are certainly a lot of twists & possibilities for the criminal. Debby Mayne does a fabulous job of developing each character enough for readers to draw an opinion without dwelling too long.

For her debut of the series, ‘Mistletoe’ is a good, solid read for the season. I give it 4 stars.



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