Friday, January 6, 2017

TO HELEN BACK by Susan McBride

Publisher:    Witness Impulse
Published:   July 8, 2014
ISBN:        978-0062359766
Genre:       Cozy Mystery
Format:     Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Widowed Helen Evans is an active member of the community of River Bend, Illinois. Without trying she ends up in the middle of a major town dispute over the pending development of a water park.  One of the residents, Milton Grone is selling his land to get that water park going and not everyone is happy about it.  One person is so unhappy he …. or she … hits Milton on the head and kills him.  Since he wasn’t exactly all that popular there is no shortage of suspects.  Unable to believe someone she knows could have killed him Helen starts looking for the killer on her own. Understandably the killer isn’t too happy about this.  Can Helen find the killer before he …. or she … finds Helen?

Susan McBride is one of my favorite cozy authors. She writes with a touch of humor that has you chuckling if not outright laughing out loud – yes, even in a cozy mystery.  Helen is of Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher’s generation but she’s got a fun wit that makes her stand out. 

One thing that caught my attention about TO HELEN BACK is not so long ago there was a news item about someone in a town back east buying up land with a hidden agenda not all that different from this book.  Considering this book was published in 2014 and this news story recently came out it makes one consider if this is a situation of life imitating art. 

If you are a cozy fan this is definitely one series to add to your TBR.  If you haven’t tried a cozy yet, this is a fun series to start off with.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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