Title: Fatal Solutions
Author: Becky Clark
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
Page Count: 208
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
1 ACROSS: HUMAN REMAINS
Creating crossword puzzles for the Chestnut Station Chronicle won’t allow Quinn Carr to quit her diner waitress job any time soon. But it does provide an outlet for her organizational OCD, and also lets her leave subtle hints for police chief Myron Chestnut, an avid puzzler, when his investigations need some direction. Some mysteries, though, leave even Quinn stumped—like the property deed she finds in her grandfather’s old desk. The document lists Quinn’s mother as the owner of some land on the outskirts of Chestnut Station, but Georgeanne refuses to discuss it.
8 LETTERS, STARTS WITH “S”
Quinn visits the site, located near a World War II Japanese internment camp that’s since been turned into a museum. There she unearths a weathered Japanese doll…and a skeleton. Before she can uncover a killer, she has to identify the victim. Was it an inmate trying to escape? A guard? Or someone closer to home? As Quinn fills in the blanks, she finds an unexpected link between her family and Chief Chestnut’s—one that could spell more deadly trouble…
Fatal Solutions by Becky Clark is the third book in the cozy Crossword Puzzle Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries each book of the series will contain it’s own mystery that is solved within so it can be enjoyed as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. The character development that happens in each book however will carry over for those that continue to read the series.
The Crossword Puzzle Mystery series introduces readers to Quinn Carr who suffers from a mild case of OCD. Quinn’s original plans for her life didn’t quite work out so now she’s trying to get her life on the right track. Quinn has a day job working at the local diner for an eccentric boss and a side job of creating crosswords for the local paper.
Quinn has kept her job at the diner despite her having to search for two murderers so far since settling into the waitressing job. Now though Quinn has a new mystery she’d like to solve, one that she uncovered in her grandfather’s old desk. Quinn found a deed for a property that looks like it belongs to her mother but when she visited the grounds she ends up finding a old skull that ties back to the town’s police chief Myron Chestnut.
As someone who seeks out the overly humorous cozy mysteries with quirky characters the Crossword Puzzle Mystery series fit that bill perfectly for me. Quinn definitely fits the mold of a quirky character with a naive charm about her that I’ve grown fond of over the course of this series. I like that Quinn once wanted to become a police officer and is good friends with one to help her along the way. Each book has held plenty of laughs and a nice mystery so far so I’ll definitely come back for more.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Her stout-hearted dog keeps her safe from menacing squirrels, leaves, and deer, but not plastic bags. Those things are terrifying.
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Becky won the 1st place “Best in Category” Mystery & Mayhem Award from the Chanticleer International Book Awards for Fiction Can Be Murder, book one in the Mystery Writer’s Mystery series.
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