Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Antique House Murders

Author:  Leslie Nagel
Series:  The Oakwood Mystery Series #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Alibi
Publication Date:  May 30, 2017

Descriptions:  Mulbridge House stood, silent and decaying, deep in the woods at the heart of Oakwood, Ohio, long before the passing of Augusta Mulbridge. Yet suddenly everyone in town seems to have a stake in its fate: the greedy heirs, eager to tear it down for a tidy profit; the local preservationists, determined to maintain it as an historic site; the angry neighbors, staunchly opposed to the construction of a modern subdivision. Even Charley Carpenter is forced to admit that her beloved shop, Old Hat Vintage Fashions, could use an infusion of the estate’s treasures.

The clock is ticking. The wrecking ball is ready to swing. All that stands between Mulbridge House and oblivion is one final vote. That, and murder . . .

The trouble begins when Charley walks into auctioneer Calvin Prescott’s office to find her cherished family friend crumpled on the floor. Detective Marcus Trenault quickly connects his death to a string of increasingly violent burglaries plaguing Oakwood. But when Charley uncovers a link to a massive land swindle worth millions, not to mention a drug ring operating out of the manor’s abandoned outbuildings, that theory crumbles faster than Mulbridge House. Now Charley’s racing to catch a killer before everything falls apart.

My Review

I enjoyed the first book in this series so I was happy to read and review the second book.  I'll put this disclaimer right up front  - there is some swearing in this book.  Not much but if that isn't your cup of tea then this might not be the book for you.  For me, I was able to get past it because I really like the characters and the mystery, but for some it might be a deal breaker.

Charley Carpenter is a feisty, stubborn and fun protagonist. I think she can be a bit impetuous in her sleuthing and that can lead her into some serious trouble at times.  Usually, this occurs when she is being stubborn and won't listen to her police detective boyfriend Marcus.  I think this couple is a good pair.  While Marcus is a detective he does appreciate Charley's insights and thought process- that is until she disregards his request that she stay out of his case.  There is a great group of secondary characters that include Charley's dad, his caretaker, Charley's friends Dmitri and Frankie as well as other police officers on the Oakwood Public Safety force.

At first, the mystery in this story starts out simple - the murder of Charley's mentor and a friend of her fathers.  Because the crime is personal Charley feels she has to help solve the murder.  As the story unfolds there is a lot going on in this town and most of it centers on a old house slated for demolition.  There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and this one ends in a very climatic fashion. 

I enjoy this series.  The two books so far have been fast paced and held my interest all the way through until the last page.  I am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Charley and her friends can get into next.  I also like the comparison to Scooby Doo in the book in reference to Charley and her friends.  It brings back a bit of childhood nostalgia for my favorite cartoon.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy provided to me by Alibi through Netgalley.  This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting your review, Peggy. I think I have to check this book out now.