This is the second Ann Granger book that I have read, and I’m pleased to say that it is on par with her last. Ann Granger is definitely the author for people who enjoys mysteries but don’t like to think too much. And I say that not as an insult, but as a compliment. I personally enjoy a good mystery that I can sink my teeth into and try and unravel all of the threads that continue to appear. However, every now and again I enjoy a lighter mystery to give my brain a rest. Ann Granger is my light read of choice.
This novel is about a man, Carl Finch, who is found dead in the woods. We learn quickly about his upbringing and how he keeps pestering his step sister for more money, and his step father who raised him, left almost everything to his biological daughter in his will. Carl also had a lot of debts and was being pressured to pay them.
This is the crime that needs to be solved. Characters are introduced throughout the novel, the step sister’s husband, her friend, a woman who knows Carl, the man Carl owes money to, an artists’ painting group and the police. They all add to the story, along with a bit of wondering around how they fit in.
There are no further mysteries to be solved, or complicated back stories, which is why this book is a light read. Quite enjoyable, and not overly predictable. I give this book 3 ½ stars, but have rounded down to 3 stars, purely because the last two pages of this novel have left me slightly confused over the connection between the two characters. If anyone has read this book, or intends to, please drop me a line to explain how these characters are connected.