The Advice Column Murders: The Oakwood Mystery Series

 by Leslie Nagel

About the Book

The Advice Column Murders: The Oakwood Mystery Series
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Alibi (April 3, 2018)
Print Length: 250 pages

In a small town like Oakwood, Ohio, everyone knows everyone else’s business—except for Charley Carpenter’s standoffish new neighbors, who tend to keep to themselves. But behind closed doors, Paxton Sharpe’s habit of screaming bloody murder at all hours of the day keeps Charley awake all night. Coupled with the stress of the increasingly delayed expansion of her shop, Old Hat Vintage Fashions, the insomnia is driving Charley crazy. Her only distraction? The local paper’s irreverent new advice column, “Ask Jackie.”
Jackie’s biting commentary usually leaves Charley and her employees rolling on the floor, but her latest column is no laughing matter. An oddly phrased query hinting at a child in peril immediately puts Charley on high alert. After arriving home to a bloodcurdling scream next door, she follows the noise into the basement and makes a grisly discovery: the body of Judith Sharpe’s adult daughter.
With Detective Marcus Trenault off in Chicago, Charley decides to take matters into her own hands. Convinced that the murder is connected to the desperate plea for help in “Ask Jackie,” she embarks on a twisted investigation that has her keeping up with the Sharpes—before a killer strikes again.

I am truly enjoying this series.  I have read and loved each book so far and am looking forward to many more.
This time we are in for some major surprises! Things are being shaken up in Oakwood, Ohio. All the action seems to be focused on the street where unofficial sleuth Charley Carpenter lives. The new neighbors next door are anything but neighborly. What secrets are they hiding behind their doors?
When one of them reaches out for help, the timing is bad and Charley says she'll get back to her. Sadly, the neighbor runs out of time. This adds to Charley's guilt and curiosity.
Her sweetheart, ace detective Marcus Trenault, is out of town and the detective assigned is not making friends or headway on the case. He also is not inclined to listen to any theories Charley has to offer.

Fortunately for Charley she has a loyal group of friends and "irregulars" who not only listen but give her extra information. Unfortunately for the neighbors, the closer Charley gets to the truth, another victim is discovered under their noses and on their street. 

A wonderful cast of personalities populate this series and this changing community.
Certain events occur in this book that set things up for interesting times ahead. 
I like how all the regulars were tied into being involved but it was a fresh approach.

About the Author

About The Author

Leslie Nagel is a writer and teacher of writing at a local community college.
Her debut novel, “The Book Club Murders”, is the first in the Oakwood Mystery Series.
Leslie lives in the all too real city of Oakwood, Ohio, where murders are rare but great stories lie thick on the ground. After the written word, her passions include her husband, her son, and daughter, hiking, tennis and strong black coffee, not necessarily in that order.
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