Thursday, December 9, 2021

Review: A Zen for Murder by Leighann Dobbs


About the Book

Cozy Mystery


Leighann Dobbs

Release Date
November 10. 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Tourist season is about to start, and murder is the last thing on the minds of the locals in Mooseamuck Island, Maine ... but that's about to change.

When local psychic Zoila Rivers is found dead at the zen garden, retired police consultants Dominic Benedetti and Claire Watkins are forced to team up to catch the killer. Too bad Claire and Dom don't always see eye to eye.

But with an island full of locals who all have secrets, Claire and Dom have to put aside their differences in order to solve the case before the police arrest the wrong person and a killer goes free.

Will Claire and Dom figure out whose secret was worth killing for in time to stop the killer from claiming another victim?

My Review

In the past hundred years, Mooseamuck Island in Maine hasn’t seen a murder.  So, the townspeople are more than a little shocked when the local psychic, Zoila Rivers, is found dead in the zen garden.  

When their friends are suspected of murder, former police detectives Dominic Benedetti and Claire Watkins jump right into the middle of the investigation.  They may be retired from the force but they still have their detective skills and they are intent on using them…much to the dismay of the local police.  

Claire and Dom are surprised to find so many of the local people have quite a few secrets to hide.  Each one looks very guilty.  They have a hard time believing any of them are killers, but they are determined to uncover the truth.

This is an intriguing mystery filled with many clues, suspects and red herrings.  It felt like a classic, old fashioned whodunnit set on an island.  Very enjoyable, quick read.  I’ll be sure to check out the next book in the series.

For reading challenges:

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2021
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2021

Disclosure:  This one is from my own e-book collection. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I love a good mystery. I always try to figure out who the culprit is.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the kitties. ♥

  2. The island setting in Maine sounds fantastic.

  3. The victim's profession alone makes for an interesting mystery. I don't think I've read this author but you've got me curious!


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