I hadn't read a dog story since Rin Tin Tin was on television, but browsing through a list of feel good books at my library's site lead me to Scent of the Missing, by Susannah Charleson. The cover picture caught my eye, so I clicked and was hooked.
The book has everything you could want in a mystery: an English manor full of bickering relatives all of whom would benefit from the death of one of them—who is soon found dead inside a locked room.
A few weeks ago, in the review of Toured To Death, I made fun of the "damsel in distress" motif that I kept coming across in modern mystery stories. Now, having read Georgette Heyer's Why Shoot a Butler?, I might have to eat my words. This lady gets it right.
Buried in a Bog and Scandal in Skibereen are the first two in the County Cork Mysteries series by Sheila Connolly. I would have reviewed them one at a time but they were so good and read so quickly that I was through with the second before I could write about the first.
Lately I've read mysteries about unattached thirty-something year old women who solve mysteries while running 1) a catering service, 2) a book store, and 3) a chocolate company. This time, in Toured to Death, the young lady, Amy Abel, age 30 or so, owns a travel agency with her mother Fanny.
I don't see the point in writing a review of a two hundred old classic that everyone but me—until last week—has already read, so I will just make a few observations to motivate you to finish it. It's a long book.