This short cozy mystery gives the delightful flavor of the series while drawing the reader into another eye-opening mystery that has pretty astounding repercussions. I found it a little jarring to have the story told in Walker’s point of view, even as I was fascinated at learning more of his background and intrigued by seeing some of the secondary characters through his eyes. Be forewarned, the story definitely ends on a cliffhanger, so I was very relieved to have the next novel in the series, “Demise in Denim” already available.
This is a quick light read that will be best appreciated by those who are already familiar with the series, giving a brief look at the quirky folks who get drawn into the madcap and sometimes fatal adventures that surround Reagan Summerside.
“Dead Man Walker” by Duffy Brown is a novella that is connected to the ‘Consignment Shop Mystery’ series which gives a more in-depth look at the mysterious Walker Boone, Reagan Summerside’s former nemesis and current co-parent to the canine BW (Bruce Willis). Told in Walker’s point of view, this story gives a glimpse of the investigative methods of the person who always manages to keep Reagan more or less out of serious trouble, but this time he may have a few too many challenges of his own to solve easily and will need Reagan’s help to get him out of a tight spot.
It’s springtime in Savannah, the azaleas and magnolias are in bloom, and Reagan Summerside’s consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, is bustling with customers out to enjoy the beautiful weather. On a day like today, what could go wrong?
As a mortician beautician and housekeeper, Mercedes is no stranger to corpses or messy bathrooms. But the last thing she expects to find in a client’s bathtub is a dead body! Now she’s a murder suspect and it seems like her life is going down the drain. She turns to local lawyer Walker Boone to get her out of hot water.
But Walker has his own surprising connections to the dead man in the tub, and now he needs Reagan’s help to clear his own name—and keep him alive…
Includes a preview of the Consignment Shop Mystery, Demise in Denim.
Stands Alone: NO