Julie B. Cosgrove delivers a modern day Miss Marple times three with this delightful new cozy mystery. Janie, Betsy Ann and Ethel are three determined ladies and watching them divide and conquer as they investigate in their retirement community was a definite treat. I couldn’t help but cheer these ladies on because they used all of their skills and because the matter truly did affect them. The fact that Janie wanted to take the pressure off her law enforcement son-in-law so he could spend more time with his children was so admirable. I enjoyed that the characters were not caricatures; each of the three leading ladies had well developed personalities, with flaws and their strengths. They were not jokes or mere clichés they were genuine and enjoyable. I loved that Janie continued to investigate even when things became a little too perilous and yet while she remained stubborn she still displayed realistic reactions when faced with some of the consequences. I’m looking forward to seeing just what this trio can get up to with future adventures.
While having their morning constitutional Janie and Betsy Ann discover a leg in a dumpster in their retirement community. The body ends up belonging to Edwin Newman an unpopular new resident. With the help of their Bunco-playing biddies they decide to solve the case and find a killer.
As Janie and Betsy Ann go for their morning jog, the city sanitation vehicle follows its normal five-mile Tuesday morning route through their retirement community of Sunset Acres. The two Bunco-playing biddies spot a leg dangling out of the dumpster when the truck lifts the trash container high in the air. Someone diced up one of their newest residents—a grouchy loner named Edwin Newman. Did he unpack too much of his dicey past when he moved in last weekend?