“Margaret Evans takes us to the Mesabi Range in Minnesota, where Laura Keene returns to her hometown to dig into the past and solve the mystery of her parents’ deaths. What she finds, instead, are secrets buried in the goods of her thrift shop that entangle her in intrigue and danger, and only with the aid of an old friend and a mysterious cat does she have a chance to uncover what happened all those years ago.” Amazon
I have read a lot of cozies over the years, and I was just talking to a friend about the formula of a cozy, and how the dead body is usually found in the first few chapters. How refreshing it was not to have that be the case in the first book in the Second Treasures Mysteries series.
For that alone, I would give this book five stars, but I gave it that many stars for even more reasons! The mystery itself was very good with lots of red herrings. And you don’t just get the main mystery, but three other mysteries too. And yet they all work perfectly with each other, and lead right into the next book in the series, Priced to Kill.
The dialogue felt a little clunky in a couple of places, but nothing too major. And there is definitely Minnesota colloquialisms that had me stop for a second, to make sure I had the correct jist of what they were conveying. But to me, that’s the fun of reading, to learn new quirks of various states and countries.
And I must give kudos to the romantic relationship, it didn’t annoy me, like so many other books do. It didn’t drag on with the should I or shouldn’t I? It was sweet how the town folk kept pushing them together, and I genuinely am looking forward to see how it progresses.
A fabulous start to a new cozy series, and I highly recommend you give it a read.