Book: Drizzled with Death (Sugar Grove Mystery #1)
Published: October 2013
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Dani Green is a fourth-generation maple syrup maker with a complicated life. She spots a mountain lion on her property, but no one believes her. Then one Alanza Speedwell, a newcomer in Sugar Grove, NH, ends up dropping dead into a stack of pancakes. Greener Pastures syrup, Dani’s brand, is discovered as the carrier of the poison.
With a potential boyfriend and ex-boyfriend underfoot, a family who thinks she needs to get married, and exotic animals running all over town, Dani must push through the distractions and sort out a the clues before someone close to her is hurt, or worse, framed for murder.
Jessie Crockett has written a cozy mystery set in the fictions town of Sugar Grove, New Hampshire. It wasn’t until I looked up the definition of this term that I understood some of the writing style. Cozy mysteries downplay or treat humorously sex or violence and are set in small, intimate communities. I’ve read several series like this: Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy Mysteries and Lillian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who mysteries.
Overall, I did enjoy this book, though I found it difficult to read in one sitting. I did like the character of Dani Green, a single woman in a small town with a large family who thinks she will be happier married. I think the over doing of the maple syrup was a little overdone. Moreover, the life or death final scene wasn’t as convincing as it could have been. That said, it was a fun book to read, and I will enjoy seeing how the series develops.