It’s leaf-peeping season in Naneda, New York, and Agnes Blythe has settled into helping her eccentric Great Aunt Effie restore the Stagecoach Inn. It seems nothing can shatter the golden idyll―or the ka-ching of cash registers―until a mechanic at Hatch Automotive is found bludgeoned to death with a wrench.
Sweeping into action, Agnes and Aunt Effie are on the scene, when a tourist-laden motor coach breaks down outside of town. The Stagecoach Inn isn’t exactly ready for guests, but Agnes and Effie agree to take in a group of seniors while they wait for repairs. But then, Agnes finds herself pulled into the investigation when she learns her new boyfriend, gorgeous Otis Hatch, is the Naneda Police Department’s prime suspect.
With bodies falling faster than the foliage, Agnes must leaf through the more viable suspects and clear Otis’s name of murder in Bad Neighbors, the charming second Agnes and Effie mystery from national bestselling author Maia Chance. (Summary via Goodreads)
Following Agnes and Aunt Effie around is exhaustingly fun !!! I love the Agnes and Effie Mystery series by Maia Chance. There is NEVER a dull moment when reading these books !! And Bad Neighbors does not disappoint !!!
If you are a fan of cozy mysteries you know that the premise of these books is that they are usually set around a small town where everyone knows everyone. Yes there is a murder and yes the main character who knows next to nothing about solving the crime jumps full force into solving the case. This is not because the law enforcement in the town can't do it but because either the murdered victim is someone close to the main character or the main suspect is someone close to the main character. And in Bad Neighbors the main suspect is Agnes' boyfriend, Otis....so naturally Agnes and Aunt Effie are on the case !!!
But with it being the height of the fall foliage season in Naneda and the whole town is involved in the
annual Harvest Festival a murder is not something the town wants people focusing on.....especially with a judge in town judging all of the festivities.
While Agnes and Aunt Effie are hosting a few stranded tourists who are having vehicle trouble, they venture around town asking innocent questions trying to prove Otis is innocent but then when another member of the community is found murdered as well, it makes things more difficult.....
I am always amazed at the talent that authors have with their story telling and the way they circle around things and have the reader believing one thing but then as quick as you turn the page, you are being taken down yet another believable path...... And Maia Chance has you turning pages faster than the leaves are changing color and convinced that you know who the real killer is until Aunt Effie lights up another cigarette and with that the tables turn yet again......
So go to your comfy place with your beverage and snack of choice and hunker down for a while. Once you open Bad Neighbors you will be in for a while......
Review by Missi S.