Title: Spring Upon a Crime
Author: ML Erdahl
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Wilderness guide Crystal Rainey leads a group of college students to a private campground amidst the awe-inspiring Olympic Rain Forest. The excursion is ruined when the charming hostess Roxie is discovered standing over the land owner's body, murder weapon in hand. Enlisted to investigate the crime to absolve her friend, Crystal descends on the quiet city of Forks to find loggers, developers, and eco-protesters circling the property, intent on either exploiting or protecting the bastion of old-growth forest. The list of suspects is intimidating. Can Crystal find answers in a community determined to keep her in the dark?
A solid follow up to the award-winning Winter Takes All. ML Erdahl keeps the reader up to speed with the life and trials of Crystal and her boyfriend. Turning Roxie into a main character is inspired. The interplay between Crystal and her friends (and even enemies) drives the book. The reader is really taken into Crystal's mind and feels everything she feels.
Spring Upon a Crime works extremely well as a standalone and is brilliant as part two in this series. The whodunit is another strong suit for this book. The reader will be guessing to the end which is another sign of a fine cozy mystery. The combination of romance and romance-related issues and murder is a winner. A fun read for every fan of cozy mysteries. Recommend it to almost every mystery fan who wants a good read.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Award-winning author ML Erdahl lives amidst the trees of the Pacific Northwest, where he pens humorous cozy mystery novels set in the wilderness he has spent his lifetime exploring. The only thing slowing him down is when his adorable rescue dogs, Skip and Daisy, demand to be petted and cuddled on his lap while he types. When he's not wandering the mountains, you can find him gardening, reading, or searching for the best coffee in Seattle with his wife, Emily.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N