THE ICING ON THE CORPSE is Book three in the
Organic cozy mystery series by Liz Mugavero. Although
THE ICING ON THE CORPSE is part of a series, I believe it
can still be enjoyed by readers who may be new to the
series. It's great to see familiar characters like Jake
-- Stan's love interest, her lively pets with big
personalities -- Henry, Scruffy, and Nutty, as well as her
neighbors Char and Ray.
Helga Oliver, the victim in THE ICING ON THE CORPSE, is a
well-known longtime resident of the small town of Frog
Ledge. It's particularly tricky for Stan to investigate
the murder because of Helga's close connection to Jake's
family. This plot point in the mystery adds a wonderful
emotional dynamic without obscuring the main storyline.
This little bit of conflict serves to flesh out the main
characters as well as advance the story.
I love how there are really two mysteries in THE ICING ON
THE CORPSE -- the current murder and a crime from decades
ago. The mystery from long ago adds a lot of interest
without confusing the reader. There is a wide array of
suspects that make trying to figure out the villain a
challenge. There are a few tense moments in THE ICING ON
THE CORPSE, but just as many light and fun ones as well.
I love the direction Liz Mugavero is continuing to take
with Stan and Jake's relationship. I hope their
relationship grows in future books.
THE ICING ON THE CORPSE is lots of fun, an engaging
whodunit with a great cast of characters and has lots of
small town charm. Ghost hunting celebrity Adrian Fox is
an interesting supporting character in THE ICING ON THE
CAKE. I think he would make a great recurring character,
or possibly a main character in a spin-off series. Stan
is very easy to relate to and very down-to-earth. I
eagerly await the next installment in this Pawsitively
Organic cozy series by Liz Mugavero.
Kristan "Stan" Connor is thrilled to be invited to the
Groundhog Day festivities in quirky Frog
Ledge, Connecticut. Her organic, home-baked pet treats are
a big hit at the annual celebration,
though an important guest is curiously absent . . .
When Helga Oliver, the town's elderly historian, is found
crumpled in the basement of the Historical
Museum, the close-knit town is devastated. But after some
tenacious digging, Stan discovers Helga
was pushed down the stairs--and that this picture-perfect
New England town may hide some dark
secrets . . .
Stan's dogged determination reveals Helga's ties to an
unsolved death in 1948 . . . but how does
that connect to Adrian Fox, who's just arrived in town to
shoot an episode of Celebrity Ghost
Hunters? Stan is going to have to be very careful in
chasing down the killer--if she wants to live
to see another winter . . .