The Body in the Back Garden

Crooked Lane. (Crescent Cove Mystery, Bk. 1). Aug. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9781639104406. $28.99. M
DEBUT Luke Trembley hadn’t been back to Crescent Cove, a small town on Vancouver Island, in 20 years. He loved it there as a boy, but when he came out to his family at 18, everyone rejected him, including his beloved Aunt Marguerite. Now, after she was struck by a car and killed, Luke has inherited her house and her antique shop. He only returns to arrange to sell the properties, because his life as a freelance writer is across the country in Toronto. He catches a man snooping around the house and argues with him. The next day, Luke is shocked to find the man’s body in the garden. He can’t understand why the investigating Mountie, Jack Munro, seems angry with him. Jack warns Luke to stay in town, so he sets out to solve the case and prove his innocence. He only angers Munro more as he lies to the officer, steals evidence, and runs away when the police spy him at the scene of a break-in.
VERDICT Luke is an exasperating amateur sleuth, but readers who crave LGBTQIA+ cozies may enjoy his escapades.
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