Hi everyone. Ben Carter here. I'm the sheriff of Barkley County, Mississippi. I live in the county seat, Mercy, and my office is there too. I was born and raised in Mercy. I went to Ole Miss at the same time as Lily Gayle, and keeping an eye on my cousin was a job all in itself. She managed to get herself involved in mysteries even back then. After Ole Miss, I went to work in Jackson, MS on their police force and then to Natchez, MS. But when the job opened up here, I knew I wanted to come home.
I thought it would be quiet here. It always was when I was growing up. But I guess times change, even in backwaters like Mercy, Mississippi. I was pretty surprised about the wolf man case we had a few months ago. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I thought I knew everything about every family in this town. Which just goes to show you that when you start thinking that way you're bound to discover something unsettling.
And this time around, our local bakery owner turning up dead at the fixin' to open bed and breakfast out from town was a real shocker. And trying to keep Lily Gayle from sticking her nose into the case was about as easy as herding cats. Which means, that ain't happening. She's a good woman though. Got a good head on her shoulders, too. But if you tell her I said that I'll deny it to the death. She comes up with some good information for me and we manage to solve the crimes pretty quick.
Come visit with all of us in Mercy. Cherry Cake and a Cadaver might me just what you need.
This is a very light weight cozy. I appreciated the sassy southern mature characters.
They referenced a previous murder involving a wolfman. I would have liked more information to better understand how it affected Lily Gayle's though processes.
LG sure seems like a handful, and adding in the spirited Miss Edna makes for endless possibilities. Dixie seems to add a calming factor, not that she can settle the ladies down when they get a bee in their bonnet.