Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Shedding Light on Murder
Author: Patricia Driscoll
Publisher: Five Star (Gage)
Release Date: February 2012
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day/Barnstable Village, Cape Cod, MA
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Patricia's Website/Blog: patriciadriscoll
Grace Oliver a widower and former probation officer in Barnstable has given up her job for the lovely role of proprietor of Pearl's Antique Lamp Shop. She hires a young man, Duane Kerbey, to run errands and do general work around the place as a holiday employee. He is a troubled young person who is being helped by a halfway house in town. Grace sends Duane to a house in town to pick up a lamp that needs repairs and he returns in a frenzy, announcing that the lady of the house he went to has been murdered. Consequently Duane is arrested for the murder and Grace is blamed for sending him out to local homes knowing that he was a convicted felon.
Grace does not think that Duane committed this murder and sets out to set things right even though she has a shop to run and to get ready for the Christmas holidays and she also checks up on her dad who is eighty-four years old and thinks he can do the things he did as a young man. There is also a young police officer on the hunt but, doesn't seem to be pursuing leads and seems to be very interested in Grace. The town is full of likely individuals to check on as the victim wasn't at all popular with most of the residents. There is a second murder and also Barnstable is being hit with snow storms one after the other which is unusual. Grace however, is determined to clear Duane's name and continues on to find the real killer.
This book was an unexpected treat. Readers will get to visit the beautiful area of Cape Cod in the winter. No one ever thinks there is a winter there at all as only townspeople live there during that season. The writing is first rate and the plotting just as good. Many townspeople try and help Grace in her quest but, of course, there are always a few naysayers that will keep the ball rolling. A terrific read!!
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