Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Sealed with a Kill - 2nd in the Decoupage Mystery series
Author: Lucy Lawrence AKA Jenn McKinlay
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Morse Point
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Lucy's Website: www.jennmckinlay.com
Morse Point has been her home for two years now. She teaches decoupage classes and works for her best friend, Tenley Morse, at Vintage Papers. She also has a love interest or two. Yes, Brenna Miller is happy with her life, now. Even if it has involved murder.
Fortunately all has been quiet on that front. Hmm, did I speak too soon?
When Brenna takes a small group of "leaf peepers" on a hike in the woods, well, as you’ve probably guessed, a body is found. Once Chief Barker arrives on scene to take charge, Brenna is all too happy to leave the investigation to him. After all, this has nothing to do with her, this time.
Wrong! Harvey Lester is the victim. Business partner to Tenley’s father and long time family friend. Her father is held and questioned as a person of interest. While Tenley’s relationship with her family is strained at the seams, her loyalty to them is unwavering. She knows her father didn’t kill Uncle Harvey and asks Brenna to help her by finding the killer.
Of course Brenna would do anything for Tenley, but this "investigation" comes at a bad time. A new neighbor, of the female persuasion, has horned in on one of Brenna’s potential love interests and she doesn’t like it one bit. Something’s off there, something’s just not right, and it has nothing to do with jealousy. Well not much. Whatever it is Brenna is determined to find out. She is good at multi-tasking, though, and who knows, there might be some connection between her and the murder. That would solve two problems at once.
Brenna’s investigation consists of clear and muddied clues. Trying to put the pieces together is difficult; she knows they fit, but it’s the how that has her stumped.
She’ll figure it out though, with friends such as the Porter twins (a hoot!) and Dom (ooooh baby!) and Tenley (who is like a sister) and Nate (who makes her feel squiggly inside) to back her up and provide her with important intel.
Spend a few hours in Morse Point, where the friendships are warm (if not nosey) and the situations can be as sticky as glue…and down right deadly.
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