A great new entry in the cozy mystery genre! Elsie and Frances Maitland are sisters who love to solve puzzles. Frances is the adventurous one who likes to take chances, while Elsie is usually reserved and lets her sister take the lead. Prior to the start of the story, Frances is in a jet-ski accident which leaves her disabled. She also makes her living writing mystery stories. As the story opens, Elsie has decided to go rock-climbing in her sister’s place, but when she takes a wrong turn she ends up at the Hotel Westend. Several other guests are arriving on the same day, all of whom were staying there 20 years ago when a murder was committed. In the middle of the night, all the guests are awakened by the sound of a crying baby. When the dust settles, two people are dead and everyone is a suspect.
I loved the tone of this mystery which is reminiscent of Agatha Christie. The author has assembled and engaging cast of characters, from the elderly priest to the town gossip, and everything in between. Elsie is adorable as the reluctant yet persistent investigator. There are hints of more great things to come from the Maitland sisters and I look forward to seeing more from this author. This is a great book for lovers of cozy, Christie-style mysteries.
Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!