Maycroft Mystery Book #1

Sharpe Shooter
Maycroft Mystery #1, Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series
by Lisa B. Thomas
ebook, 203 pages
Mar 19, 2015, Cozy Stuff and Such, LLC

GoodReads Summary:  
Burned-out high school teacher Deena Sharpe is ready for a change. She has no idea a fifty-year-old murder case is about to turn her life upside down. 

The Perry County Sheriff’s office has found a skeleton in the closet…literally. When they identify the man’s body fifty years after his disappearance, his family turns to Deena to uncover the truth about his murder. The clock begins ticking when she discovers a mysterious writer is about to implicate the victim in his latest conspiracy theory book. She must channel her inner super-sleuth to solve the puzzle and protect her family name. With the help of her off-beat brother and others from the cozy town of Maycroft, Texas, Deena takes on a quest that leads to more questions than answers. 

Sharpe Shooter is the first book in the Maycroft Mystery Series. With antique shopping, car chases, and ghosts in the night, the story will keep you guessing as you follow Deena on her quest for the truth. 

If you like a clean, cozy mystery, buy Sharpe Shooter today!
*Sharpe Shooter is loosely based on a true story. Matthew is the main character’s second cousin, although she refers to him as her “uncle.”

My Disclaimer:  I received a discounted price on this book through BookBub. Here is my honest review of the book for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  
Deena's mood dives when her retirement is requested at the end of the school year by the principal when she won't feature his daughter on a four-page spread in the yearbook. And that's when we meet her. She's cleaning out her classroom on the last day and grumbling to herself about it all. My impression just then? I was really hoping it went up from there really fast. But it didn't and there was a very good reason for it. Deena had to wallow in her own misery for a bit before things could get better.

When the editor for the local paper says there's no opening for her and suggests she does some writing online, she's disgruntled. She's been a journalism teacher for many years. What does she need to do online writing for? Just because he has all those 20-somethings working for him. Is she too old? Out of style? Out of step?

Housecleaning at the Police Station turns up a John Doe, who turns out to be Deena's Uncle Matthew, who disappeared in the 60s. The family asks Deena to investigate it so that they're sure to get the whole story. Someone else is investigating it, too. Does he want just a story or something else? He's being strangely elusive and secretive.

As Deena moves through the investigation and learns things about different people in her life, she learns things about herself as well. The way she sees people changes and the way she sees herself changes a bit each time, too.

So while this is a cozy mystery, this is also a story about a woman who gets a second chance to set herself on the right track in life. I strongly recommend this to those of you who like second chance stories as well as cozies.

Sharpe Edge is Book #2 in the series.