Murder Most Deserving Book Cover Murder Most Deserving
Lacetown Murder Mysteries Book 2
Hank Edwards and Deanna Wadsworth
MM Romance - Suspense
Dreamspinner Press
March 17, 2020
296

An acoustic music festival comes to Lacetown, and with it, another dead body—this one found at Fleishman’s Funeral Home. Michael recuses himself from the autopsy, handing the job over to his arch-nemesis from a neighboring county.

Luckily Michael and local hairstylist Jazz are closer than ever. Between a trio of funerals, a blowout BBQ, and a couple of trips on Beulah, Jazz’s beloved scooter, Michael and Jazz do some sleuthing of their own. With the first gruesome murder still fresh in their memories, they can’t help but wonder if notorious murderer and famous author Russell Withingham might be targeting them from jail, where he’s awaiting trial.

The festival, however, brings in a veritable lineup of potential killers, including a familiar—and most unwelcome—figure from their past. As the murderer circles ever closer to Jazz and Michael, Sheriff Musgrave is quick to remind them that everyone’s a suspect until Sheriff Musgrave says they’re not!

Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

It has been two months since Jazz and Michael have been a couple, and things are going great between them. They are trying to put Jazz’s soon to be ex-husband Russell’s arrest for murder behind them and are looking towards to their future. Unfortunately, a town festival puts a stop to everything when a dead body turns up sitting in the driver’s seat of Michael’s hearse. Once again, murder has come to Lacetown.

Since the body was found in his hearse, Michael, of course, becomes a person of interest. Despite being the county coroner, he cannot do the autopsy. This brings in a rival funeral home owner and coroner for a neighboring county, a nemesis to both him and his family.

If things weren’t bad enough, Russell’s former PR man, Norbert Farthington, makes an appearance leaving Michael and Jazz to wonder if he is the killer, since his previous actions against them is hard to ignore. Norbert assisted Russell in stealing a manuscript from the very man he murdered. His willingness to help hurt Jazz and Michael makes Norbert the most logical suspect—that is until he winds up dead in Jazz’s chair at the beauty salon. Who is left?

I went back and forth with who I was convinced was the guilty party. Lo and behold I was so wrong and so surprised when the killer was finally revealed. A great love story and an even better who-done-it. Can Michael and Jazz survive more drama? Or will these murders bring them closer together? I hope there is more coming.

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