At the start of Harrington’s diverting sequel to 2017’s Murder on Pea Pike, Eureka Falls, Ark., realtor Honey Ingersoll arrives at Barry McHale’s Moon Mountain mansion, which she’s hoping to sell, to find the place strewn with beer bottles, pizza boxes, and other party debris. When she sits down to phone her office to arrange for a cleaning crew, she suddenly notices a man lying naked on a sofa and screams. The man, an apparent squatter, says he isn’t Barry, and she calls the police. Sheriff Matt Rameros, her suitor, soon arrives on the scene, as does sexy neighbor Carmen DeLuca, who invites Honey to join her and other so-called Velveteen Vixens at her mansion the next day. The Vixens are shooting a pilot for a reality TV show and could use one more attractive woman. When Honey later shows up at Carmen’s, she stumbles on a dead body. Honey handles her many male admirers with aplomb as she proceeds to investigate and prove herself a smart detective. This mix of murder and romance is sure to appeal to cozy fans. Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/24/2018 Release date: 09/01/2018 Genre: Fiction
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