Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Stay Tuned for Murder - 3rd in the Talk Radio Mystery series
Author: Mary Kennedy
Release Date: January 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Cypress Grove FL
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Mary's Website: www.marykennedy.net
What is going on in Cypress Grove? Maggie Walsh, a forensic psychologist turned radio talk show host moved to the small, sunny, sleep, Mayberry-esque town to get away from her practice, patients, and New York’s cold winters. But since she’s lived in Florida she’s been in the middle of two criminal investigations. Now this?
What’s this you ask? Well, let me give you the lowdown:
1. Psychic/oracle Chantel, has come to town to work on her next book. That may be true but doubtful. She’s seen all around town holding séances, promoting her pubbed book, and now it seems as if she’s taking over Maggie’s show. Maggie doesn’t think she’s who she claims to be, but Chantel’s spouting doom, greed, and danger to the town takes a back seat to her doubts. Who is in danger and what doom is going to befall them?
2. The town’s time capsule is being opened early and there’s much speculation as to what’s in it. The consensus is that it’s important. You see, there was a fire about fifty years ago and much of the town’s records and history was destroyed. Speculation is that some big secret will be revealed. At least that’s what the town’s historical society director and librarian alluded to.
3. Something’s off with the paintings hanging in the historical society. Althea, the historical society director, mentioned having them reframed the night of the séance, but with a murderer on the loose, Maggie hasn’t had time to pursue her suspicions.
4. There are not one, but two real estate brokers/developers in town. Vacation rentals? A concrete tower filled with small, un-charming condos? Did I mention this was a sleepy town? All of the "action" was in Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Boca, all miles away. What is their agenda?
So, the million dollar question is, what do these things have in common? It would be too much of a coincidence for everything to have happened at once in their little town. So exactly what are the threads that weave these four things together?
Maggie doesn’t believe in coincidence. Rafe, the Cypress Grove detective, and man who makes her heart thump and drop and zing, doesn’t believe in forensic psychology. Maggie is going to have to gather her clues and evidence, get her facts in line, then let Rafe in on everything. Hopefully she can stay out of dangerous situations until then.
Brilliant! What a maze Ms. Kennedy has penned! A conundrum of a mystery involving a great ensemble cast.
Maggie is very likable. She’s bright, witty, considerate, cynical, and has questionable taste in men. Even she admits that she probably shouldn’t be attracted to Rafe’s bad boy charm.
Then we have Lola and Vera Mae; both women are brash and funny, but each in a different way. The other players each add an extra layer of innocence, drama, and off-the-wall human-ness to the story, the series itself.
Bring it on, Ms. Kennedy! Can’t wait for more!
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