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Sandra Orchard’s Over Maya Dead Body is a cute, cozy murder-mystery set on Martha’s Vineyard. While on a trip to attend her uncle’s wedding, Serena sees a suspicious man at the airport–her mother chastises her for always being “on the job.” They are greeted by police cars and ambulances when they arrive at her uncle Jack’s. Jack has fallen down a cliff stairway and is dead. That announcement starts Serena, a FBI agent, off to solve a case that has more twists and snags than a cat-tangled ball of yarn.
Before she can turn around, her landlord from St. Louis, Nate, and her partner, Tanner, have both turned up to support her. Add in the local police, the state police, missing antiquities, a drug ring, a mother bent on marrying off her daughter, an aunt who seems way too connected, and you have the makings of great, entertaining read.
As Over Maya Dead Body is the third book in the Serena Jones series, Orchard wraps up a lot of loose ends. She manages to accomplish this without a lot of backstory, which I appreciated. You’ll immediately be drawn to Serena and Nate and Tanner and Aunt Martha and to care for them. The personalities are quirky and different, but totally delightful. I so enjoyed reading the story that I couldn’t put the book down and finished the novel in one sitting. Four stars!
Sandra Orchard is an award-winning author of several series, including the Port Aster Secrets and Serena Jones series. She lives in Ontario, Canada.
Revell gave me a copy of Over Maya Dead Body, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.