A Diane Dimbleby Cozy Mystery
STORY-LINE MURDER IN THE DEVELOPMENT BY PENELOPE SOTHEBY:
In Murder In The Development, we find Diane and Albert, amateur detectives and possibly the bane, of Inspector Crothers existence. Pruning her roses, trying to get the characters for her latest book to coöperate, they receive a call from Crothers asking for help. He’s sending Monique Carstairs for help with her missing husband, Jonathan.
Returning home, Monique finds her house in total disarray, with the words TRAITOR, painted everywhere. Where is Johnathan and what has he gotten into? Finding several worthy culprits, Diane’s on the case; action and murder is sure to follow. My review of cozy mystery, Murder In The Development, follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
I love cozy mysteries and rarely do I correctly guess who is the murderer. This book’s no different. Sotheby crafted a fast-paced book filled with clues, and possible villains. I found the pacing correct for the length of the book and the characters well-developed. I loved Albert’s character; he’s a hoot. Diane and Albert compliment each other. I enjoyed the snips and snarks they tossed around. Diane, a motherly caring woman on the surface; far from matronly she has an inquisitive mind and the skill to sort out a mystery. Including several worthy culprits, and a surprise ending, I found this a good cozy mystery.