A Taste for Murder (A Hemlock Falls Mystery #1) by Claudia Bishop
We are introduced to the Quilliam sisters: Sarah “Quill” Quilliam is an artist in New York City, known as the next Georgia O’Keefe. She is starting to hit the big time, when she is stalled and has a block on what to paint next. Her younger sister, Meg, is an amazing chef also living in NYC. Around the time that Quill starts having trouble with her paintings, Meg’s husband is killed in an automobile accident.
Both women need a change of scene and travel up north to rural New York. While visiting the cute, country town; the two discover a historic inn for sale. They decide to buy it, run it, and take on this new path in life.
In the first book, to town is getting ready for it’s Historic Days. Quill and Meg already have enough trouble trying to fit in a town where everyone knows each other practically from the womb, and now are trying to work with and around the committee members.
They also discover they have quite a lot of unruly guests, including an older woman and her companion, whom trouble just seems to follow.
A local businessowner is murdered, followed by the companion participating in an Historic Days event.
It’s up to Quill to investigate!
To make things worse, someone is trying to sabotage the inn by canceling reservations, poisoning food, etc.
Quill’s friend flees and is accused
And much more.
Thoughts after reading:
Well I really enjoyed this book. At first I found it a bit hard to get through as the author’s style is old-fashioned and a bit flowery. But it surprised me midway with a few twists and an unexpected villain.
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