As part of a tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I recently had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn: A Grime Pays Mystery, by Tricia L. Sanders.
An unwelcome visitor, an unrequited love, and a dead body create chaos in a middle-aged woman’s plan for a productive summer.
Despite a looming divorce, an empty checkbook, and a struggling cleaning business, Cece Cavanaugh is determined to land on her own two feet. Adamant about staying a safe distance from the handsome detective who has her fantasizing about violating the morals clause in her prenuptial agreement, Cece dives headlong into her work.
Even though she has no free time to spare, Cece finds herself guilted into cleaning a hoarder’s home. Her discoveries in the condemned house are too shocking to ignore. Diamond-laden pachyderms, a secret cache of money, and a dead body lure Cece into launching an investigation that places her in direct contact with the one person she’s desperate to avoid–hunky Detective Case Alder.
With clues in hand, Cece runs down leads and eliminates suspects one by one. Her conclusion and brave accusation put a friend’s life in peril forcing Cece to hatch a plan to outsmart the killer. A daring move could either save Cece and her friend or lead to their demise.
I really enjoyed meeting up with Cece again as she continues to assert her independence while attempting to solve another mystery. She is good hearted and quick to help others, even an obnoxious woman she doesn’t particularly like. Cece and her cohorts are well-developed characters and it was interesting to see how their relationships developed over time. The plot was fairly intricate with a mix of somewhat predictable and totally unpredictable revelations about the diamonds, the dead body, and more. This well-paced mystery is likely to please fans of cozy mysteries.
Although this is the second book in the Grime Pays Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone. Nonetheless, you might also enjoy reading the first one – Murder is a Dirty Business, which I reviewed on this blog earlier this year.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC of this book as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
Purchase link: Amazon
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About the Author
Tricia L. Sanders writes cozy mysteries and women’s fiction. She adds a dash of romance and a sprinkling of snark to raise the stakes. Her heroines are humorous women embarking on journeys of self-discovery all the while doing so with class, sass, and a touch of kickass.
Tricia is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently, she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women’s fiction road trip adventure.
A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.