Liz Lucas, the owner of the Red Cedar Spa, hires an intern to help her prepare family style meals served to guests at the lodge. Only days before graduation, his car crashes over a cliff and into the ocean. Was it suicide or murder?
Liz, along with her trusty dog, Winston, sets out to find the killer. Was it the high school computer genius, Nerdy Birdie? Brent, who was going to Stanford on a football scholarship? Kaitlin, the quarterback's girlfriend? Clamhammer, the gangster from San Francisco's Chinatown? Or Nerdy's mother, the president of the Women Whose Husbands Left Them Club?
Who would have thought Brandy Boy, the lovable but lazy St. Bernard who's the mascot of the Red Cedar Spa, would become a nationally recognized hero?
I enjoyed the story immensely, and found Dianne’s writing to be top-notch. She does an excellent job of maintaining POV and that helps a reader keep track of what is going on. I also found it helpful that Liz’s thoughts were in italics, it helps to separate from the narration.
The mystery of how the victim died and who was the mastermind unravels slowly as Liz and company struggle to piece all the clues together. I was fooled right up to the unveiling, which is what I like. If I can figure out who the killer is real soon, then the story is not plotted well, because I am not a very good sleuth.
For you foodies out there, Dianne includes several recipes for the foods that are mentioned in the story. My mouth still waters every time I think about the Frozen Butterfinger Pie.
I give this 4.9 stars of 5! It is not 5 stars only because I found a couple of spelling errors.
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