Fighting the temptation to download new books without reading a few more of the ones already on my Kindle, I decided to read 3 Sleuths, 2 Dogs, 1 Murder – the second installment in The Sleuth Sisters series by Maggie Pill.
Synopsis (from Amazon)
When Retta’s “gentleman friend” is accused of murder, the Sleuth Sisters take on the case. Winston Darrow is a charmer, but his secrets create trouble that spills onto Retta, Barb, Faye, and even police chief Rory Neuencamp. Someone is out to get Win, someone he claims is the real killer. While Retta admits Win is less trustworthy than her daffy Newfoundland dog, she insists he’s not a murderer.
Dogs become an issue when Faye rescues a mutt she finds hurt on the road. Though Barb isn’t a fan, she can’t refuse Faye’s request to keep the homely, ill-tempered Buddy. Retta, though doubtful about adopting strays, is determined that Faye’s dog and her Styx will be great friends. The adjustment isn’t easy, since Buddy sees Faye as the only worthwhile being in the world.
As the sisters conduct their investigation, mysterious men interfere, each more threatening than the last. What do they want with them—and with Winston?
When the situation turns dangerous, the sleuths hide Win at Rory’s cabin, reachable in a Michigan winter only by snowmobile. In the frozen wilderness, Barb and Retta must ignore their differences and work together to stay alive. Back at home, Faye faces a deadly enemy with only Buddy and a couple of horses for backup.
If the Sleuth Sisters live through this, it will be due to family solidarity, doggie instincts, and loyal friends. But really, who would ask for more?
As one of three sisters myself and a dog lover, I was initially drawn to the book because of its title. In this enjoyable cozy, three not-so-young sisters work together to figure out who killed their client’s wife. The characterizations of the three sisters and their interactions were well written. The sisters each have their own quirks and talents, and they don’t agree much of the time. And they have very different taste in men. Like real siblings. Even their dogs had distinct and polar opposite personalities.
Unlike most cozy mysteries that I have read, the point-of-view changes at the beginning of each chapter. Took me a few chapters to get used to it, but it works and gave insight into each of the sister’s viewpoints. There was a nice dose of humour and just enough twists and turns on the road to solving the mystery to make it the kind of book I think most cozy mystery lovers will enjoy.
Another point in the author’s favor – although this is the second book in the series, it also works well as a standalone. You don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one (I haven’t read it yet myself).