Five reasons I'm giving Five Stars to:
The Little Library Mystery series
by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli:
1. The Plot: Jenny's husband turned out
to be a major disappointment. She returns
to the small town in Michigan where she
grew up and her mother, Dora, still lives.
There is an interesting neighbor with a
potential to be a new best friend, and an
interesting man with a potential to be
a new romance. And there are bodies.
2. The Protagonist: Jenny is not your typical
plucky heroine. And these books
are not a one-woman effort. There is a whole
cast of characters working to solve the murders.
3. The Coziness: The books have a
small town setting with all the
expected charm and quirky characters.
It is not, however, all fluffiness and light.
The protagonists are more fleshed out
and murder is a bad, sad thing.
4. The Literary References: The first
book is a tribute to Lewis Carroll,
the second has Emily Dickinson
references, and the third... Jane Austen.
5. The Little Libraries: The town has no
proper library and Dora has a nice idea.
Features: Two small needlework cushions
made from leftover bits and pieces.