Title: The Fog Ladies (A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery)
Author: Susan McCormick
Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
Young, overworked, overtired, overstressed medical intern Sarah James has no time for sleuthing. Her elderly neighbors, the spunky Fog Ladies, have nothing but time. When, one by one, old ladies die in their elegant apartment building in San Francisco, Sarah assumes the deaths are the natural consequence of growing old. The Fog Ladies assume murder. Mrs. Bridge falls off a stool cleaning bugs out of her kitchen light. Mrs. Talwin slips on bubbles in the bath and drowns. Suddenly, the Pacific Heights building is turning over tenants faster than the fog rolls in on a cool San Francisco evening. Sarah resists the Fog Ladies' perseverations. But when one of them falls down the stairs and tells Sarah she was pushed, even Sarah believes evil lurks in their building. Can they find the killer before they fall victim themselves?
When Sarah James moved into the Pacific Heights apartment building, the last thing she expected to be doing is looking for clues to finger a murderer. She’s working overtime completing her medical residency at a local San Francisco hospital. But the Fog Ladies, as they’re affectionately known in her building, are dead set there’s something sinister going on. These deaths and accidents are no coincidence and just because the victims are elderly doesn’t mean they deserve to die. But who could it be? Sarah and the Fog Ladies are on the case. Will they discover the culprit in time or will Sarah be the next victim?
It’s been a long time since I read a cozy mystery like The Fog Ladies. It’s character-driven and these characters are a hoot. Each character has its own distinctive voice. Sarah is my favorite character, but my second favorite has to be the outrageous Mrs. Carmichael. She’s opinionated, feisty and adds plenty of hilarity to the plot. Plus her addiction to Starbucks makes her genuine.
Why is this a 5-star book? First and foremost, the mystery was tricky to solve and just when I thought I had it all figured out, Susan McCormick revealed the true villain. A few red herrings added intrigue to the mystery. Most cozies are easy-peasy but not this one. Kudos to the author for creating a mystery hard to unravel. The plot blended with the zany characters makes this a must-read for mystery and cozy mystery readers alike! Highly recommend!
If you’re looking for an addictive cozy mystery, look no further than The Fog Ladies. I look forward to the next installment. Fingers crossed there is one.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Susan McCormick writes cozy murder mysteries. She is also the author of Granny Can’t Remember Me, a lighthearted picture book about Alzheimer’s disease. She is a doctor who lives in Seattle. She graduated from Smith College and George Washington University School of Medicine, with additional medical training in Washington, DC and San Francisco, where she lived in an elegant apartment building much like the one in the book. She served nine years in the military before settling in the Pacific Northwest. She is married and has two boys, plus a giant Newfoundland dog.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N