A Body in the Backyard by Elizabeth Spann Craig
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a cute, very light read. The sleuth is an ex-teacher who is pushing 90. She lives in a tiny town which has a lot of murders. Her son is the Chief of Police and lives across the road. This time murder lands right in her yard and ironically, the weapon is one of the many plaster gnomes she has there.
The victim turns out to be a disreputable cousin of the next door neighbor who is also her auxillary sleuth. She is not dismayed. How can her son expect her to not get involved when the murderer broke one her her gnomes in the commission of his or her crime? When another body is found a the very same spot, she has even more reason to get involved.
I didn't connect with the main character as well as in similar series,
but this is not the first book in the series and possibly there was more character development in the previous books.
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