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I absolutely loved reading the latest book in this series, set in Octonia about local salvage expert Paisley, her fiancee and Sheriff Santi, and the other regular characters. Paisley has a habit of finding skeletons buried under the buildings she's employed to salvage, and, interested in the history of the area and ancestry, tends to get involved solving murders which happened decades before.
A community where slaves were regularly employed, the books aren't just mysteries, they're full of historical reference about the enslaved community, the things which happened and how history shapes the future, not always for the better but, hopefully, mostly. The research which this author has to do before writing these books must be tremendous.
In this book, it's only a few weeks before Paisley and Santi get married and they're renovating the old summer kitchen on her property when a body is found. There follows a story about the house she now lives in, of tracing a family tree back 8 generations, and a story of love, and hope.
Whilst each book is a standalone story, the books are best read in order of publication to preserve continuity of the characters and series.
I really hope this isn't the last in this great series. If you like this series, try the St Marins cozy mystery series by the same author.
I told myself that I would not buy books that ran into a series. I lied to myself. Once you start reading the first novel, you are hooked. They are funny; they educate and you feel part of the story. I love the way she integrates with every member of society. It is a pity there aren't more than 10 books and I didn't begrudge spending the money.
I love the stories around the bodies that Paisley finds and how her friends help her to find and tell their truths. They show that families can be blood or not. I'm a history nerd so love those aspects of the books.