Date Published | September 22, 2020
Date Read | June 2021
Goodreads Rating | 4
Overall | It starts out ridiculous but picks up and is a good mystery.
Pros | We find out that her uncle is some big man-whore, running around town dating everything that walks but in the beginning he sounded like an old curmudgeonly kind of loner. So she spends the majority of the investigation finding out about all of his lovers.
Cons | The opening seems a little dumb – she hasn’t seen her uncle in years but drives through the night to arrive at 2am and lets herself in. It’s called common courtesy to arrive at a decent hour. But I guess without this ridiculous setup, she couldn’t stumble upon her dead uncle’s body.
Warnings | None
POV | First Person POV Past Tense
Will I Be Continuing With The Series | No
Trouble follows Jenna Quinn wherever she goes. Fleeing some unsavory doings in her hometown of Charlotte, Jenna accepts her uncle’s gracious invitation to stay with him in small-town Hokes Folly, NC. In exchange, she’ll help him out in his antiquarian bookstore. But soon after she arrives, Jenna finds her uncle’s body crumpled at the base of the staircase between his apartment and the bookstore.
Before the tragedy even sinks in, Jenna learns that she’s inherited almost everything her uncle owned: the store and apartment, as well as his not-so-meager savings and the payout from a life insurance policy…which adds up to more than a million dollars. This is all news to Jenna–bad news, once the police get wind of her windfall. An ill wind, indeed, as a second murder cements Jenna’s status as the prime suspect in both deaths.
Jenna can hit the road again, taking her chances that she can elude trouble along the way. Or she can stick it out in Hokes Folly, take over the bookstore, and try to sleuth out her uncle’s killer. On the one hand, she’s made some wonderful new friends, and she feels she can thrive in the genial small-town environment. On the other hand, trouble knows her address–and so does the killer, who is determined to write the final page of Jenna’s story.