A Sticky Situation
Sugar Grove Mystery #3
By Jessie Crocket
Author’s Website: http://www.jessiecrockett.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt
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.
It is always a fun time when we get to visit Dani in her hometown of Sugar Grove, New Hampshire. And this installment comes at the busy time with the maple is starting flow from the trees and the family is preparing for the annual Maple Festival. The only bad thing about the festival is strange and irritating Aunt Hazel always makes an appearance for the festival and usually has snobby cousin Jade along with her. Aunt Hazel could make a saint turn sinner pretty quick. She never lets a young man get out of her sights, so be careful. Jade breaks some dreaded news to the family this time. Things are going to change soon. For the wonderful Greene family things are beyond busy. And Dani is stuck in the middle of all the goings on in town.
Things are going smoothly as the syrup is running through the tubing Dani installed to modernize the family business until a body is uncovered. They were forced to employ Russ Collins to start on the repairs of the old opera house basement even though he moves at a slug’s pace. Then Dani gets a call that he has unearthed a body beneath the coal there. Signs point to a local drifter Spooner Duffy who disappeared years before at the time the festival money came up missing. Although Dani is up to her eyeballs in work, she is forced to do a little investigating. Not into how Spooner died, but to prove he did not steal the money.
Jessie Crockett’s writing style is smooth, full of laughter and intrigue and keeps the reader stuck to this book like syrup. The characters are hilarious and delightful. This is a series that keeps the reader laughing and guessing at the same time. Even Dani’s father who has passed away helps with the mystery. I was kept guessing up till the end and had a blast trying to figure it out along the way. I can never get enough of the fun, family and friends in Sugar Grove.
This is one hilarious, fun filled, intriguing mystery you just can not put down. I would recommend A Sticky Situation to all cozy lovers. If you have not started this series you need to do so now. This mystery keeps you guessing and enjoying it the whole time. Jessie Crockett is a fabulous writer and I bet one heck of a fun friend to hang out with too. Come to Sugar Grove for tons of fun, mystery and some wonderful sweet syrup!! Great recipes at the end too for those who enjoy them.