MYSTERY

All That Glitters Isn’t Old

Kensington (Whit and Whiskers Mystery, Bk. 3). Jul. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781496742056. pap. $16.95. M
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This is a delightful destination cozy mystery full of well-crafted twists and turns. Whitney Dagner is reluctantly on the case again in picturesque Catalina. While attending a funeral with her grandmother Goldy, Whitney discovers that the deceased is the mother of Goldy’s former flame, Darren. She learns that their relationship was a ruse to fool his parents who would not have approved of his sexuality. Darren returns for the funeral and to debut his documentary film and the new love of his life, Jericho. The premiere is canceled when Jericho’s dead body is discovered and Darren is the prime suspect. Goldy believes he’s innocent and insists that Whitney and her ragtag “Scooby Gang” investigate to clear Darren’s name. What Whitney unearths is a treasure trove of long-buried family secrets, fraud, smuggled goods, and a whole host of sketchy characters with plenty of motive.
VERDICT Whitney may be the amateur sleuth, but Goldy certainly calls the shots in this third book of the series (following Something Fishy This Way Comes). Perfect for cozy fans who enjoy a solid narrative, adventure, and a dash of romance.
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