Once Erica arrives at the ramshackle old mansion known as Crooked House, matters go from disturbing to deadly as it becomes clear someone is trying to kill Liz. As Erica begins to unearth secrets, she discovers a twisted web of love, money, greed, and deception. Although the police and friends sometimes find Erica’s OCD annoying, its those very traits that help her sift through evidence and see clues that others miss. Erica must draw upon her all her investigative prowess to keep Liz safe and unmask the killer before he can accomplish his deadly objective.
With a dash of romance and surprising twists, this thrilling mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. As with all Erica Coleman mysteries, ten delicious recipes are included.
My review: I LOVE these mysteries about Erica Coleman! She is really a great character, and she's really fun because she has so many quirks that make her her. In this mystery Erica is trying to help her friend's daughter, Megan. Megan is concerned because someone has made a couple of attempts on the life of her landlord and friend Liz Johnson. I loved how Megan and Erica interacted. You could tell that there is a lot of history between the two women, because Megan just accepted Erica's foibles and moved on. Some of the other characters weren't as accepting of things like Lava soap, or needing to clean the seats of cars or really anything else she was touching.
The plot of this one was really great, it kept me interested. I really didn't want to put this one down because I wanted to know just who was trying to kill the sweet Liz. Was it the creepy handyman, the mean man who lived next door, or even her aunt? But in the end, I was surprised at just who the culprit was, I never would have guessed. If you like fun, clean, mysterious books make sure you pick this one up, you won't regret it.
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About the author: Marlene Bateman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan. Her hobbies include gardening, camping, reading, and enjoying her four cats and three dogs.
Marlene’s first novel was the best-selling Light on Fire Island. Her next novel was Motive for Murder—the first in a mystery series that features Erica Coleman, a quirky private eye with OCD. The next book in that line, (they do not have to be read in order) is A Death in the Family.
Marlene has also written a number of LDS non-fiction books under the name Marlene Bateman Sullivan. Those books include: Gaze Into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History, which is a fascinating collection of over 50 documented near-death experiences from the lives of early latter-day Saints, Heroes of Faith, and Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines. Marlene also wrote three books about documented accounts in early LDS church history when a person either saw or heard an angel; Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, And There Were Angels Among Them, and By the Ministering of Angels.
Check out Marlene Bateman's website here.