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The second book in this lovely cozy mystery series set in a small town in America, which sees a single Mum, Paisley, bringing up her Son (Sawyer) whilst running her own business salvaging bits and pieces from buildings about to be demolished. She also writes a local interest newsletter which looks into the town's history and also, the history of the buildings in area.
She's got a good friend in Mika, who owns the local yarn store and who dotes on little Sawyer. There's also Beauregard, the huge Maine Coon who walks on a leash and goes everywhere with Paisley and Sawyer.
Paisley's Dad and Step Mum are always there, delighting in taking Sawyer when they need to, allowing Paisley to work.
Whilst looking for treasure in these historic buildings, she also finds bodies, this time whilst she was lifting floorboards. This discovery leads to some of the towns history coming out and exposes a church which isn't your usual place of worship.
The local Sheriff (Santiago) gets involved, and he has a soft spot for Paisley and Sawyer, but she has had her heart broken before, can she afford to let him in? He will do anything to protect the woman he is slowly falling in love with.
All in all a well written series which, when started, is hard to put down, resulting in some very late nights/early mornings!!! I'm really looking forward for the next book in the series, already downloaded, ready to start, can't wait! Well worth a read if you like cozy mysteries with a bit of family and romance thrown into the mix. These books are best read in order to preserve the continuity of the characters, but the mystery side of the book are standalone stories.
If you like this series, read another series by the same author, the St Marin's cozy mystery series, set around a bookshop.
Another book featuring Paisley Sutton. Well-written, good characterization, and description of the scenery. The only problem is that the plot was based on a “Too Stupid to Live” action. It was not believable for a divorced mother of a toddler to do. Added to that is that subsequently the sheriff condoned the action. This distracted from an otherwise good book.
Single mom, historian, and salvager Paisley Sutton begins a salvage job only to discover a body before the job gets underway. In talking with the bereaved mother, Paisley learns about a church/cult which may be abusing women and wants to do something about it. Family, friendship, life, and love are strong themes along with racial undertones.
I got the first installment of this series for free-so I was seriously not expecting a lot -free and all - but this series is excellent-looking forward to the next book -which I just downloaded. I loved the subtle suggestions at “living a good life-and treating others as you would like to be treated “.
In this book, the main subject was quite heavier than in the 1st book in the series. If the reader avoids domestic violence, rape, or religious cults, then skip this book & try book 3. (I haven’t yet read it.)