by E.E. Kennedy
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Gregory Rasmussen, the infamous Rasputin Killer, never served the sentence handed down in absentia for a particularly brutal murder. He has eluded the law for years, but he is now believed to be in the North Country. When a resident is murdered at the local retirement home, speculation about the killer’s identity fills the headlines. Then another victim is found at Chez Prentice.
Trapped in her snowbound B&B with elderly new friend Hugh Channing, father of the first victim, and her baby, Janet, Amelia Prentice Dickensen and her staff are asking themselves: Where is the murderer? Is he really the Rasputin Killer? Could one of their guests be the infamous psychopath, known for his power to charm and his fine singing voice? Will publicity surrounding the discovery of a dead body in the basement put the B&B out of business?
Interspersed with humor and local Adirondack color, Amelia’s latest murder case is especially chilling.
“Chairman of Domestic Affairs!… It’s just a stuck-up name for housekeeper, which is what I am.”
“It was rumored that the man had the first nickel he’d ever earned. The evidence offered by his detractors as the fact that both his dark sunglasses and his pony tail were held in place by florist tape.”
I am new to this author and series, and even though I started on the fourth installment, I was not at a loss to keep up as the story stood strong and solid on it’s own legs. While I am sure it would have been easier and more fun to have read the previous books with the same recurring characters, it did not seem to be a necessity to follow the plot. This was a considerable deviation from my usual selections, but I have found that I occasionally enjoy having more variety and diversity. I was also in need of a lighter read, as well as something tame enough that I could finally provide a recommendation to my elderly mother’s book club, and I have managed to procure that very thing. This book could even be shared with her Sunday School friends. The plot and characters were engaging and the story line and mystery were intriguing and enjoyable. It was a mild, easy, and entertaining read with several surprises and unexpected story twists.
As a teen, E.E. nursed the dream of being a Broadway star, but since she couldn’t stand rejection, she chose being a writer instead. (Who knew?) Life
has been kind to E.E. She’s married to an inventor who understands the creative process. She’s the grandmother of 5 children whose cuteness really cuts into her writing time!
She decided to start writing when she ran out of Agatha Christies and couldn’t find anything else she wanted to read. “Okay,” she said, “I’ll write something I’d want to read.” And she did. On alternate days, she thinks her work is brilliant and miserable, but she keeps at it and is grateful for her gracious publisher, Sheaf House, who seems happy to publish her mysteries. Her mission statement is a hokey one: “wholesome entertainment.”