NOLA readers will love this semi-local mystery, set along the Gulf Coast!
Living in Bay St. Lucy, Mississippi, retired high school principal Nina Bannister loves walking on the beach, taking care of her cat Furl, and chatting with friends. It’s an idyllic life—that is, except when a murder takes place.
Bay St. Lucy is a sleepy little Gulf Coast community—and that’s the way its residents like it. Most of them generally ignore the monstrous old Robinson mansion that sits in the center of town, until one day, insane old man Robinson dies and leaves the house and its accompanying fortune to the town. The residents are ecstatic and begin planning improved schools and cultural centers.
Local retired school teacher and village elder Nina Bannister is sent to the man’s funeral in New Orleans and to represent Bay St. Lucy at the reading of his will. However, Nina returns from her trip saddened to report that a long lost Robinson relative has appeared to claim the entire inheritance. Almost immediately, the new owner—flamboyant Eve Ivory—arrives and announces her own plans to turn Bay St. Lucy into an extravagant vacation resort, not plans that anyone in this small town like at all, and ones that will quickly lead to murder.Review:
This was a fun quick mystery, that offers up a few twists and turns! You do not have to have read any of the other 8 books in the series (this is actually the first book) to jump right in and enjoy this one! NOLA readers will have fun trying to decipher locales that have had their names slightly changed in the book. It's fun to read a book that has a much older protagonist, who is enjoying life and smart as a whip (sharpen your brain for all the literary references!). this is a fun ancedote to the holiday craziness, so take an hour or two and enjoy getting lost on the coast with the bay St Lucy residents! And right now it's on sale on kindle, so you can pick up 3 or 4 of the series, for the price of one book!
About the authors:
Pam (T’Gracie) and Joe Reese are professors at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Indiana. Inspiration for the Nina Bannister series came from their time spent in Acadiana. They have a unique way of working: Joe loves creating characters and Pam loves killing them off.