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Murder Well-Done (Hemlock Falls #4) by Claudia Bishop
Thoughts Before Reading:
So after A Pinch of Poison, I didn’t really want to read another Hemlock Falls Mystery. But as I started it, I have to finish it!
So since the last book there has been a lot of upheaval in Hemlock Falls. A lot of incumbents were pushed out of office, such as the justice Howie Murchison and the Sheriff Myles McHale. Their sheriff is the newcomer, none know, Frank Dorset; and the justice is Bernie Bristol a retired Xerox engineer from nearby Rochester.
The town’s committee has been destroyed as the men and women of the town are fighting. So instead they have split into the all-male organization, S.O. A. P. Search for Our Authentic Primitive; and the all-female organization, H.O.W The Hemlock Organization for Women.
In the midst of this they are also hosting the wedding party, bachelorette party, bachelor party, wedding rehearsal, and wedding reception of ex-senator, embezzler, and criminal Al Santini and his fiancé Claire McIntosh, daughter of the rich plumbing king and mafioso on Christmas Eve.
Al and Claire have caused issue after issue; changing the size of the wedding party, menu, etc. Besides that Santini’s attitude towards women and Claire’s constant whining is so annoying the Quilliam sisters regret ever agreeing to have them be here.
And add to that Nora Cahill, investigative reporter, who is trying to get info on Santini and/or get a good story on the town.
Then it turns out Evan Blight is coming to stay at Hemlock Falls. He is the author of a book about going back to primitive ways and man power that has the Hemlock Falls men up in arms and started their organization.
And then Claire’s crazy and intense grandmother, Tutti McIntosh arrives at the Inn. She believes she is a psychic and says that there will be three knocks and then death.
But things start getting really weird when it turns out that the Sheriff and mayor have installed a secret camera in town to increase tickets and revenue.
Quill gets caught with it, and Santini is the prosecuting attorney who is controlling the justice and sheriff and giving her a trumped up charge.
And she has to spend the day in jail!
When Santini comes to let her out on his “benevolence”, with Nora Cahill; Quill becomes so angry she smacks both in the face with her muddy boots.
But then Nora turns up dead!
And the creepy, sexual harassing sheriff puts Quill in jail for it.
Quill goes to sleep but is woken up when she overhears Dorset trying to blackmail someone. It doesn’t go well as whoever was supposed to pay up, kills him instead and unlocks the cell, trying to frame Quill for murder.
Quill has to solve this case before she gets put on trial for multiple homicide!
Thoughts After Reading:
As I said before, I wasn’t really wanting to read any more in this series, but I’m glad I did as I loved it.
I mean at first it wasn’t very good, and there were all these things that were silly or so different it felt like I was missing a book!
However, as I continued reading it got better and better, making me read faster and faster to find out who the murderer could be.
For more Hemlock Falls Mysteries, go to A Pinch of Poison
For more Christmas mysteries, go to Plum Pudding Murder
For more wedding themed mysteries, go to Snagged
For more investigative reporters, go to The Alchemy of Murder