New to the historic town of Metamora, Indiana, Cameron Cripps-Hayman is looking to make friends with her neighbors. What she isn’t looking for is one of their bodies floating in the canal.
When she and her estranged husband, the town sheriff, are both named suspects for the murder, Cameron takes solving the crime into her own hands, teaming up with her eccentric co-workers who dub themselves The Metamora Action Agency.
As if hunting for a murderer with two high school geniuses, the town drunk, and an elderly kleptomaniac isn’t hard enough, Cameron adopts the five mangy guard dogs of her deceased neighbor. But maybe a stint at playing gatekeeper is just what she needs to come face-to-face with the killer and save another neighbor from being the next victim.
You know I had to grab this book when it not only offered dogs (plural) and a touristy town with kitschy named stores complete with quirky townspeople. Add in a reputation for strange possibly paranormal happenings and I am hooked.
Gossip plays a role along with typical suspicion of "outsiders." Ben is what passes for local law enforcement in the town he grew up in. His wife, well, wife number two from whom he is currently separated, is trying her best to fit into the community but even after four years, she is still an outsider. I can relate. So even when she attempts to do good things for the town's benefit, like taking in five (or is it six) unruly, possibly dangerous dogs, and using her community service workers to hunt for a killer, what could possibly go wrong?
I found the book colorful and charming and it even seems to have a happy ending. PLUS delicious dog treat recipes!