A Literal Mess

A Literal Mess

by J.C. Kenney

Overview: Allie Cobb left home for the literary circles of Manhattan to make her name out from under the shadow of her legendary father. Now his death brings her and her rescue cat Ursula back to the southern Indiana town of Rushing Creek, population: 3,216. But a tragic new chapter hits the presses when the body of her father's hard-drinking, #1 bestselling client is found under the historic town bridge. The local police suspect foul play and their prime candidate for murder is the author's daughter-Allie's longtime friend.

Determined to clear her bestie, Allie goes into fact-checking amateur detective mode while trying to ignore the usual rumormongers. Those with means, motive, and opportunity include the vic's ex-wife, his rejected girlfriend, the mayor, and a rival agent trying to mooch clients. With a rugged genealogist distracting her and the imminent Fall Festival about to send tourists descending on their once-peaceful hamlet, Allie needs to stay alive long enough to get a read on a killer ready to close the book on a new victim: Allie . . .

Liz Flaherty (01/13/19): The first book in J. C. Kenney's Allie Cobb series is a delight. Literary agent Allie comes home to southern Indiana for her father's funeral and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation while she's there. The cast of characters in this cozy mystery is wonderful, and I can't wait to see more of them next time around.
Rating: *****

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