Sometimes, trying to be part of the human world can be a real killer. . . Cougar-shifter Lily Mason is ready to put down roots in the human town of Moonrise, Missouri. She only has two problems: her attraction and proximity to Parker Knowles, her boss at the Pit Bull Rescue Shelter, and her need to shift into animal form more than once a month.
When she gets the opportunity to buy a "fixer-upper" outside of Moonrise with plenty of room to get wild without running into easily freaked-out humans, Lily jumps at the chance. Smooshie, Lily's lovable pit bull and partner in chaos, is eager to participate with the home improvements. Unfortunately, Smooshie's help includes digging out a mummified body from the living room wall.
Lily is still recovering from the last murder investigation she got involved in--and she's not looking forward to being in the middle of another one. The case gets even stickier when Lily's landlord is murdered, rumors of a heist gone wrong run rampant, and Parker's old high school buddies have returned to Moonrise, thus increasing the suspect pool. Lily's attempts to become a bona fide citizen of Moonrise might well be thwarted by this newest complication--especially when the murderer sets sights on her.
This paranormal cozy mystery contains cougar-shifters, shifters, lovable pit bulls, and supernatural beings.
Lily has decided to get some space away from her boss Parker, by buying an old house in need of repair. It is remote enough to allow Lily, a were-cougar, room to shift and run without being seen but close enough to her job and friends. It seems perfect until Smooshie her pit bull finds a body behind the wall, one that has been there a while. The last thing Lily needs is another run in with the local Sheriff who doesn't like her, as she is already worried about testifying in the upcoming murder trial she got involved with in book one. The dead body is connected to a robbery and it seems that several people in town might have an interests in things that could be buried on Lily's property, and another death linked to the sale of the house drags Lily into the investigation.
I like the people in this town. Lily is a great MC and I love that her abilities don't make her into some kind of super creature. Her ability to force people to tell the truth to her is very useful though she only uses it a few times. I liked that she can use that along with her eyesight and hearing to get snippets of information about the crimes. Her friends Nadine and Regina are fun, and being a cop and coroner means they are also handy for information. I like her uncle Buzz as well. There is an extension to the sub plots introduced in the first book with Theresa now getting blackmail notes about her secret, just as Lily did in book one. It looks as if that plot will continue into later books and I've drawn up a list of suspects for that. Can someone also take care of Theresa's husband? Git! I also liked the secrets of a couple of other people coming to light in this book.
Lily is also unhappy that Parker has suggested he might take former cheerleader Naomi to the reunion dinner in honour of his old coach, as she has come back to town for the event. Lily is jealous of the thought of Parker dating but is still convinced that her shifting secret is a permanent barrier to any possibility of a relationship with him. Parker doesn't like to see Lily talking to Ryan, not believing that they are not involved, but starts seeing Naomi. Buzz is having more luck, moving in with Nadine, and he tries to tell Lily that she can have a life of sorts with Parker though she isn't convinced. This might sound like a very romance plotline but it isn't really. We've known over two books that they like each other but Lily is not ready to do anything about it so it is very much a slow burn sort of potential romance.
I'm not really into cozy mysteries but I do very much like the characters in this book and that is really what convinced me to come back and read book two. It's a solid light read and it has cute dogs in it! I think there is a high probability that I'll be reading book three.
Read February 2018