Charleston Conundrum – LSBBT


CHARLESTON CONUNDRUM

A Liz Adams Mystery
by
STACY WILDER
 
Cozy Mystery / Female Sleuth / Cozy Animal
Publisher: Wild Hawk Press
Series: A Liz Adams Mystery
Date of Publication: January 15, 2022
Number of Pages: 235 pages 
 
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A Cozy Mystery with a Twist…
Liz Adams never imagined when she moved to Charleston with her truth sniffing Labrador retriever, Duke, that she would use her skills as a private investigator to avoid winding up on Death Row.

 

Liz’s life is upended when her best friend, Peg, is murdered and she becomes a suspect. Liz’s gun was the murder weapon. Tensions flare between Liz and the cops as she rises to the top of their suspect list.

 

At the request of Peg’s father, Liz agrees to take on the investigation. Riding a roller coaster of emotions, Liz uncovers many secrets Peg kept from her despite being best friends. The suspects include a cast of characters: the ex-husband, the boyfriend, a coworker, several neighbors and family members.

 

Charleston Conundrum takes the reader from Charleston, South Carolina to Paris and back in the emotional unraveling of Peg’s life and death to a killer ending. It is the first book in the Conundrum series.
 
 
 

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If you have read my blogs, you know that cozy mysteries are my escape reads.  I read a lot, but they have to come with very high recommendations or have something that grabs me.  In this case, it was something as simple as recently spending a night in Charleston and wishing I had more time to be there.  Plus this is the first book in the series, and I usually like to see at least three published before I jump in – you know that need to binge read?  But I took a chance, and I enjoyed it.

Cozies range from light to complex, and this one falls somewhere in the middle.  There is an overabundance of suspects, a seasoned PI and no real sidekick, but several supporting characters.  The main character, Liz has the double trouble of having a lot of the suspects as friends, which leads to some interesting tangents.  She also has a faithful lab, Duke, who might end up being a character all on his own as it appears he may be a bit of a lie detector.  That aspect was barely explored, however I hope Duke plays a bigger part in future (fingers crossed for more) books.

The mystery played out as expected, I knew the ‘who done it’ early, but there is contentment in the familiar.  The Paris scenes were nicely, if not vaguely done, but it was enough that I now have a craving for chocolate eclairs.  But I want one of those you can only get while walking the streets of Paris and finding those incredible patisseries.

I look forward to the next book in the series and seeing where the author decides to take the reader.

 
 
 
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Stacy writes mysteries, children’s stories, short stories, and poetry. Her debut novel, Charleston Conundrum, is the first in the Conundrum mystery series.

 

Stacy’s mission is to deliver a delightful story to readers of all ages while benefiting a larger community. She donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her books to causes that support wildlife conservation, and the homeless, both people and pets. A portion of the proceeds from Charleston Conundrum are donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

As well as writing, Stacy is passionate about her faith, family, Labradors, the causes that she supports, the beach, art, and reading books.

 

She and her husband live in Houston, Texas, with a totally spoiled Labrador retriever, Eve.
 
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