Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Copyright: February 2014
Publisher: Kensington Mystery
Spring is in the air, but the ladies of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop hardly have time to stop and smell the roses. Not when famed Irish dancer Emily McGlashen is found murdered in her studio just after the St. Patrick’s Day parade–and one of the Crop’s own members is the prime suspect. Vera’s dance studio may have suffered when Emily waltzed into town, but the croppers know she’s not a vengeful murderer. Lucky for her, co-scrapbooker Annie is a freelance reporter eager to vindicate her friend. What she discovers is a puzzling labyrinth of secrets that only add question marks to Emily’s murder. Just when it seems they’ve run out of clues, an antique scrapbook turns up and points the croppers in the right direction–and brings them face to face with a killer more twisted than a Celtic knot…
What do you do when your friend’s property is found near a dead person, and she becomes the main “person of interest” to the police? You call out the troops and find out who really killed the Diva from Hell. Emily McGlashen came into Cumberland Creek and opened up her Irish Dance Studio. After which she started courting Vera’s students left and right. Poor Vera has had to rent out her house (to make the mortgage payments) and move into the small apartment over her studio.
Her friend Annie picks up the gauntlet and heads out to turn over every rock till she finds out just who this Emily really is and why she was killed (other than for being a totally disagreeable person)and bring the real killer to justice.
Mollie Cox Bryan has written two other books in this series but in my opinion this is the most daring and involved mystery to date. The number of possible suspects and the fact that Emily was so well hated make this journey to justice extremely tortuous.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher who only asks for a fair and impartial review.