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Life should be peaceful in the small town of Lake Elizabeth in Vermont. However, that’s not the case for Cassie Baxter. She moves in with her father and that’s enough to drive her crazy. Not to mention that his house is painted a “jolly green” color, which Cassie intends to change immediately. When Cassie takes a little trip on their kayak wearing only her pajamas, she discovers a woman in a canoe. She is very much dead. Cassie leaves her there and goes to get help.
By the time the sheriff arrives, the body is gone. Cassie insists there had been a dead body, but all the sheriff sees is Cassie, dressed in her pajamas, shouting about a red headed dead woman. The gossips quickly label Cassie as “Wacko and Looney Tunes”. Cassie doesn’t care about their name-calling but she does care about the dead woman. She is determined to do some investigation on her own and find the woman. Then, she can begin trying to find out why she’s dead and who committed murder.
While all this is going on, Cassie is more than a little interested in her father’s next door neighbor…the hot mad scientist.
This book will keep you laughing from beginning to end. Cassie is a wonderful protagonist, although sometimes you have to wonder why she even bothers. The whole town seems to enjoy making her the butt of their jokes and nobody takes her very seriously. Even her father doubts her sanity. Still, Cassie perseveres.
To say the characters are quirky is putting it mildly. I can’t think of another word for them, but they are much more than quirky or eccentric. They are just all nuts…what a great, crazy town. I enjoyed every minute of my visit there.
There’s more mystery than romance in this story, which is exactly how I like my cozy mysteries. I like a touch of romance, but mostly I’m interested in the mystery storyline. This is a good one. I didn’t see the ending coming at all. It’s very good to be surprised in a mystery book :) It's a light read which leaves you smiling at the end. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series
On a side note, the author has another cozy mystery series, “Cue Ball Mysteries”. I read the first one and plan to read the rest. These, too, are very funny. Who doesn’t love mysteries with a touch of humor tossed into them? Cindy Blackburn is a master at creating them.
For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2015
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2015
Where are you reading? challenge (Vermont)
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.