Author: Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Series: A Little Library Mystery
Publication: Crooked Lane Books (July 12, 2016)
Description: Jenny Weston moves home to Bear Falls, Michigan to nurse her bruised ego back to health after a bitter divorce. But the idyllic vision of her charming hometown crumbles when her mother's little library is destroyed.
The next door neighbor, Zoe Zola, a little person and Lewis Carroll enthusiast, suspects local curmudgeon Adam Cane, but when he's suddenly found dead in Zoe's fairy garden, all roads lead back to her. Jenny, however, believes Zoe innocent, so the two women team up to find the true culprit, investigating the richest family in Bear Falls, interrogating a few odd townspeople and delving into old, hidden transgressions--until another body turns up.
Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli's quaint and compelling series debut A Most Curious Murder will delight cozy mystery readers new and old.
My Thoughts: This cozy mystery which is inspired by ALICE IN WONDERLAND has Alice's language and characters who have a certain madness...and lots and lots of quotes too. Jenny Weston has come back to Bear Falls, Michigan after her divorce in which she lost her husband, her job, and her home. She is rather lost.
When Jenny arrives in Bear Falls, she meets her mother's new neighbor Zoe Zola who is an author and a little person. Zoe is a unique character who writes about fantasy and lives a fantastical life too. Her garden is stuffed with fairy house complete with fairies. Jenny doesn't know what to make of her. When Jenny's mother's little library is vandalized suspicions fall on a curmudgeonly neighbor. And when the neighbor is found murdered in Zoe's fairy garden, suspicions fall on her.
This mystery is whimsical. Jenny is a determined but not very competent detective. Luckily a former Detroit police detective who retired after a knee injury and who is now a carpenter reconstructing the little library is available to provide an assist.
Fans of cozies and ALICE IN WONDERLAND would be the perfect audience for this book.
"Bye." Jenny gave a backhanded wave as she hurried off.I got this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.
"I've been praying for you." Angel called after her.
Jenny kept going, thinking, And I'm alive anyway.
The last thing she needed were prayers from this Angel.