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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Dead on the Bayou (A Twin Sisters Mystery)
by June Shaw

I love the unique premise of this novel and series. Identical twins with very different personalities provide a multitude of plot twists and plenty of humor.
~Book Babble
A quick and enjoyable read…
~Maureen’s Musings

Dead on the Bayou (A Twin Sisters Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (August 22, 2017)
Paperback: 192 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1516100965
It may be easier to patch up an old home than a broken heart. But along the Louisiana bayou, where beauty and danger mingle all too seamlessly, thoughts of romance may have to simmer on the back burner . . .
Twin sisters and fellow divorcees Sunny Taylor and Eve Vaughn have established their home repair and remodeling business with an eye toward quality and personal attention. So when they’re approached by hunky Dave Price to fix up his bayou fishing camp, they’re more than happy to take the job—especially since they both secretly think he may prove to be more than just another satisfied customer . . .
The ramshackle campsite could certainly use a woman’s touch. What it does not need is a dead body—but that’s what the trio stumble across. Clearly, the poor soul was murdered—and once the town tongue-waggers get going, Sunny, Eve, and Dave come under suspicion of the police, not to mention potential clients . . .
Now, with their futures on the line, their brewing love triangle will have to wait. Helped—and harried—by the twins’ mother and her retirement home’s cadre of amateur sleuths, the trio starts snooping on their own. But when another dead body turns up, they’ll have to get their hands dirtier than a swamp-bottom snake if they hope to clear their names . . .

About The Author

From the bayou country of South Louisiana, June Shaw previously sold a series of humorous mysteries to Five Star, Harlequin, and Untreed Reads. Publishers Weekly praised her debut, Relative Danger, which became a finalist for the David Award for Best Mystery of the Year. A hybrid author who has published other works, she has represented her state on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s Southwest Chapter for many years and continued to serve as the Published Author Liaison for Romance Writers of America’s Southern Louisiana chapter. She gains inspiration for her work from her faith, family, and friends, including the many readers who urge her on. For more info please visit
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I liked the concept of identical twins who may look alike, but they sure don't act alike. It makes for a very entertaining story. Sunny and Eve have opened a remodeling / renovation business. Now I think that would be a tough job for anyone, but they really seem to know what they are doing. I loved the setting of the story in Louisiana. It brings images of swamps and homes secluded in the woods.
The twins have met the owner of the little campsite he wants renovated and are going over plans with him. Dave seemed liked an odd duck. I don't know why but he almost seemed creepy in a "I know you both think I'm good looking sort of way." To say that he was my least favorite character is pretty accurate. As with most cozy mysteries there is always a body found. Leave it to the twins to be the ones to find a dead body at the place they are to remodel.

The town has some quirky characters from the son of the deceased to the funeral director to the gossipy ladies at the retirement home. These characters are well written and gave me chuckles. Why was the son so adamant that one of the twins killed his mother? He was so hostile I started to wonder what he was hiding behind all that anger. There sure are a lot of suspects in the case and when  Dave is arrested the twins freak out. They aren't allowed to see him at the jail, so what do they do? They go to the store and get a card to give to him. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Who goes and gets a card for a prisoner  and runs back to the police department to have it special delivered to a murder suspect? I found the humor the author has is wonderful. Her little subtle jabs at characters are flawless and very impressive.

The author really keeps readers on their toes as the twins try to zero in on who killed the poor woman  found at Dave's place. I had my list of suspects and each time I thought I had it figured out, the author throws  a twist in the story . I really enjoyed this story because it was a well thought out plan that takes readers on a rabbit trail which leads back to a very surprising killer. I have become a fan of this author now and can't wait for her next book.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escape Virtual Tour. The review is my own opinion.

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