It’s my pleasure to turn the spotlight on Murder at the Grill, the third book in a cozy mystery series by Christa Nardi. Having read and enjoyed her other work, I was happy to oblige when the author offered me a pre-release copy to review.
An amateur sleuth, Sheridan Hendley jumps at the chance to work with the defense when a favorite waitress is arrested for the murder of her ex-husband. Determined to prove Zoe’s innocence Sheridan probes into the victim’s past and why he chose to return to Cold Creek 15 years after the divorce. Personalities clash and Zoe’s family closes ranks as Sheridan attempts to unlock the carefully kept secrets of the family that owns and operates the Grill. The closer she gets to finding the truth, the more her own life might be in danger – a situation that strains her increasingly serious relationship with Detective Brett McMann.
In this enjoyable cozy mystery, Prof. Sheridan Hendley is involved in another murder investigation as she does her best to help prove Zoe’s innocence. Sheridan is a strong character with a keen sense of justice. She rises to the challenge of solving the mystery, placing herself in difficult and sometimes dangerous situations. Sheridan is complemented by a diverse cast of characters, from her detective boyfriend and her quirky colleagues to the array of potential suspects. The story line had 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.
Note: Although this is the third book featuring Sheridan Hendley, this book is a self-contained story and can be read as a standalone.
FTC Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the author in the hope that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
About the Author
Christa Nardi is an accomplished author of cozy mysteries. Christa’s background is in higher education and psychology, much as her protagonist, Sheridan Hendley in the Cold Creek mystery series. Murder at Cold Creek College is the first in this series set in a small, fictitious town in Virginia and Sheridan is an accidental sleuth called on to assist the detective in charge of a colleague’s murder. In the second in the series, Murder in the Arboretum, Sheridan’s role as an amateur sleuth is solidified as is her relationship with Detective Brett McMann. Released in November 2015, the third in the series has Sheridan once again involved in solving the Murder at the Grill when a favorite waitress is arrested for the murder of her ex-husband. The fourth in the series is a work in process, hopefully to be completed for fall 2016.
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