Synopsis: When sultry Dionne Dunbar is run down in the street one winter’s night, Granite Cove Gazette reporter Rose McNichols is the only witness. Amid Christmas preparations in the New England fishing village, Rose alone is determined to discover Dionne’s secrets. Who wanted the woman dead? Was it a member of her mediums circle . . . or one of her black book clients?
I had not read read the first book in the series but did feel like I could follow along fine. I think if I had read the first book it would have helped out with understanding the background better. Granite Cove is a small town where everyone knows everyone and secrets run amok because everyone tries to hide what they can. I have never lived in a small town but I suspect that it would be similar to this one. I felt like the characters were quirky and very original. Rose, the determined warm-hearted reporter; Betty Ann, the food loving best friend; Hycainth, the eccentric unlikable pastor’s wife and Cal, the hunky ex-boyfriend police officer.
The story pace seems a little slow until the mysterious death of Dionne. I don’t blame Rose for wanting to continue to investigate the incident especially since no one believed that she saw the body roll out of the barrel. I did feel like it is a good mystery but didn’t like the feeling that Rose was going after a murderer on her own. The suspect did surprise me because it was an unlikely person due to their vocation. Overall, a nice cozy mystery mixed with thriller and suspense.