Author: Claire Donally
Series: Sunny and Shadow Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Berkley (Prime Crime Mystery)
Description: Political heiress Priscilla Kingsbury is about to marry Carson de Kruk, son of business mogul Augustus de Kruk, at the Kingsburys’ waterfront compound. For reporter Sunny Coolidge, an assignment from the Harbor Courier to cover the event is like catnip.
But when Sunny photographs men pulling the body of a dead woman out of the water, the Kingsburys’ private security isn’t happy. They claim the woman’s death was an accident, but the story seems fishy. Now, with a little help from her police officer boyfriend and her cunning cat Shadow, Sunny is determined to get the scoop on a killer.
This is the fourth installment in this series and I found it to be just as enjoyable as the previous three books. The characters are developing nicely. Each of the main characters (Mike, Sunny and Will) have depth and with each story the reader begins to feel like they know most of the main characters and those character that appear only in this story have dimension as well. While not a cat person myself, I find that I enjoy the character of Shadow and his contributions to solving whatever mystery the characters seem to be faced with solving. I find myself chuckling at his antics and attitude in this book. I also think the author is doing a nice job with the pace of the budding romance between Will and Sunny. It feels like it is progressing realistically and does not feel like it is being rushed.
The mystery in this story was a good solid mystery. It had plenty of twists and turns along with an element of the unexpected. As for suspects, there was no shortage in this mystery. The author did an excellent job of crafting the plot so that the culprit is not obvious in the beginning of the story with the reader left to find out how he/she is caught. With this mystery, it was not easy to figure out the culprit with the evidence that was presented during the story. In fact, I was surprised at the identity of the killer, which I did not figure out, and the reason that the killer committed the crime. The author did a good job of wrapping up all lose ends and any unresolved questions by the end of the story.
This is a solid series and I feel with the way this author crafts her stories, each entry could almost be a stand-alone. Even if you haven't read any of the previous books in the series, you will not be lost if you pick up this book. I will definitely be back for the fifth installment due out next year to check on Sunny and Shadow and see what new mystery needs solving.