This was the first book I read in this series and I am glad that I read it. It was a book of twists, suspense, and small town gossip. Isabel and her mother work well together when trying to figure out a case. Isabel bounces the information and and ideas off her mother and together they come up with ideas of how to proceed.
An investigative story with several people as the killer, but trying to figure out who the real killer is can cause Isabel to lose her life. There are several reasons for the murder, but no one will guess the real reason because Chet was known as a miserable, poker cheating man. His own son was on the list of could be killers. Isabel has to look into everyone on the list and she has to read between the lines of what they are telling her. Some of the information she attains could be hazardous to her life.
I really enjoyed reading this book and found myself being drawn into Isabels life. I was rooting for Jack and mentally telling her to never mind Dave. After reading this book, I want to go back and read the first book in the Isabel Long Mystery series. I hope to read more in the future in this series as well. The women in this story are no nonsense women who can handle themselves and are not afraid of work or danger. I give this book a 4.5 star review and recommend it to anyone who likes crime stories and mysteries. I look forward to more in this series.