Author: Kym Roberts
**I voluntarily read an Advance Readers Copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. **
The basics: Charli Rae Warren left her small Texas hometown years ago, with no plans to ever return. But, you know what they say about best laid plans. After receiving a call from a local realtor alerting Charli to her father's present financial crisis, she has returned to Hazel Rock, angry and annoyed. She expects her father to make lame excuses about the horrendous, tacky renovations he recently made to the barn. But what she doesn't expect is to find Realtor Marlene Duncan hanging in the back storeroom, dead as a doornail. Her father isn't making any excuses - he has disappeared.
I grew up in a small town in the Midwest, so I was instantly charmed by this book. The supporting characters are funny and quirky. I kept comparing the characters to actual people I knew in my own hometown. The mystery was well-written and paced, with plenty of suspects and twists. I don't often enjoy cozies written in first person because the point of view can quickly get old, but not this time. Roberts did a great job telling the story from the main character's point of view. Her annoyance at being called back to her hometown that morphed into a fierce determination to protect her childhood home really added to the likability of Charli as the main character. I couldn't help but like her.
I will definitely be reading more books in this series as they come out. The second book, A Reference to Murder, will be published in May 2017.
Kym Roberts has written several other mystery novels. To discover more about the author and her books, check out her website at http://kymroberts.com/