Henry and Emily are a married middle-aged couple. Henry is a physician, and Emily writes true crime books and teaches at the local college. When Emily’s college roommate dies, they become adoptive parents to teenager Maddy. Chester the cat and Spunky the three-legged dog complete the team. The supporting cast includes Coralee the innkeeper, Pat the medical examiner, Pat’s wife Megan (a detective), and a neighbor who knows her way around technology!
The Shady Course is book eight in the Sugarbury Falls cozy mystery series. It opens at the Outside Inn, where the Fox family is eating dinner. Maddy has a strange encounter in the restroom. A sobbing woman hands her a crumpled list which appears to be written in some sort of a code. On her way out, the woman whispers to Maddy, “keep them safe.”
When they finish dinner, the family finds a murdered woman draped over Henry’s Jeep. Maddy recognizes her, and it’s not just because the murder victim is a dead ringer for Emily!
While the primary focus is on solving the mystery, there is an underlying theme regarding the struggle for independence. Emily’s adult sister has Down’s Syndrome and wants to live on her own, become a chef, and marry her new boyfriend. Maddy is about to go to college but drags her feet on getting her applications in under the deadline. And Emily fights to do things on her own while suffering from injuries caused by a hit and run driver earlier in the summer.
Wait a minute. Injuries caused by a hit and run driver? A murder victim who could be Emily’s twin? If the killer isn’t found soon, the next target could be close to home and this murder may be just the beginning.
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Release date April 9, 2022