Publish Date: April 26th 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
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Agnes Blythe and her glamorous Aunt Effie must take a break from restoring their inn to rake in the clues when a local mechanic is murdered in national bestselling author Maia Chance’s charming second Agnes & Effie mystery.
It’s leaf-peeping season in Naneda, New York, and Agnes Blythe has settled into helping her eccentric Great Aunt Effie restore the Stagecoach Inn. It seems nothing can shatter the golden idyll―or the ka-ching of cash registers―until a mechanic at Hatch Automotive is found bludgeoned to death with a wrench.
Sweeping into action, Agnes and Aunt Effie are on the scene, when a tourist-laden motor coach breaks down outside of town. The Stagecoach Inn isn’t exactly ready for guests, but Agnes and Effie agree to take in a group of seniors while they wait for repairs. But then, Agnes finds herself pulled into the investigation when she learns her new boyfriend, gorgeous Otis Hatch, is the Naneda Police Department’s prime suspect.
With bodies falling faster than the foliage, Agnes must leaf through the more viable suspects and clear Otis’s name of murder in Bad Neighbors, the charming second Agnes and Effie mystery from national bestselling author Maia Chance.
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Bad Neighbors An Agnes and Effie Mystery by Maia Chance
Bad Neighbors An Agnes and Effie Mystery by Maia Chance is the second book in this small town cozy mystery series.
Aunt Effie and Agnes are at it again. These two adorable sleuths have managed to get into another murder investigation. This installment finds Effie and Agnes hosting a group of seniors (the gaggle, Agnes’s nickname for them) at The Stagecoach Inn, who are stranded because their bus has broken down and there is no available place for them to stay. As Agnes is driving the gaggle to the Inn she has to make a pit stop and stumbles right into a murder and this time Agnes has to prove that her would be boyfriend Otis is not the murderer.
With the fall setting, quirky characters and romantic tension between Otis and Agnes I slipped into this delightful but fast paced and sometimes dangerous investigation right along with Effie and Agnes. I laughed out loud when Agnes got her eyebrows butchered by a jealous spa worker! There are so many red herrings that this author cleverly slipped into this book and I had no idea who the culprit would be. I was a bit frustrated with Otis, he seemed a bit of a dunce about women this time around, more to follow with this romance I am sure in the third book.
With the body count growing and Otis’s freedom seemingly at stake Agnes ramps up her investigation and finds herself in a precarious spot. Lots of action and drama kept the pace going and before I knew it the murderer was revealed. The murderer was a big surprise to me.
This cozy mystery delivered with the autumn setting, quirky characters, fun but fast paced plot and of course the romantic tension between Agnes and Otis.