Planning a wedding is stressful enough. Add in that it is nearly Christmas and add in that your bridesmaid has found a dead body … that somehow disappears, and Liz Talbot has an overflowing plate of chaos. Her fiancé, Nate Andrews, is also her partner in their investigative agency, Talbot and Andrews. They go to meet with Robert and Olivia Pearson to get more details of the body she saw lying on the parlor floor of Olivia’s Aunt Willowdean’s Charleston home. There had been absolutely no evidence remaining that would confirm a dead body had been there. However, within hours, police found a dead body in the park which seemed eerily similar to Olivia’s description of the body on the parlor floor. This body was politician, Thurston Middleton. Liz’s friend, Charleston detective Sonny Ravenel, was working on that investigation. To Nate, it seems obvious that two bodies are one and the same. Liz, listening to the advice of her ghost friend, Colleen, is not ready to agree to that yet.
Add even more chaos to the mix, like Aunt Willowdean’s house had been used for prostitution, Olivia is a partial owner, and Robert is an attorney and on the Stella Maris council and the investigation, if leaked to the media, could prove detrimental to his career.
The main characters, as usual, are fun. Colleen is a quirky ghost who appears when her childhood friend, Liz, is in danger. I loved the mystery and the way the author pulled the story together with some delightful twists. This is the fourth in the Liz Talbot series, which is a bit paranormal and a bit cozy. They are overall very enjoyable reads. If you’d like to know more about fictional Stella Maris, the author’s website, http://www.susanmboyerbooks.com/#, includes a tab with a map and a “Who’s Who” in Stella Maris. Rating: 4 out of 5.