MYSTERY

Evil Turns: A Madeline Maclin Mystery

Poisoned Pen. May 2016. 236p. ISBN 9781464205217. $26.95; pap. ISBN 9781464205231. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781464205248. M
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Madeline, a beauty queen-turned-PI, lives happily with husband (and ex-con man) Jerry Fairweather in Celosia, NC. Life turns interesting when a body covered in arcane symbols turns up in a village vineyard. Is there a coven operating in Celosia? The tattooed followers of the Darkrose assembly claim only to be big fans of the popular "Pagan Desires" franchise. Maddy is hired by wealthy Amanda Price after she is accused of murdering city councilman Harold Stover, who had opposed her plans to stage a play celebrating the state's first female vintner. Is Harold's killing connected to the initial crime?
VERDICT Lots of suspects keep Maddy busy in her fifth adventure (after A Bad Reputation). This immersive and picturesque cozy is a great choice for Joan Hess and Denise Swanson fans.

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