Diane Bator introduces a fabulous new amateur detective with this fast and fun cozy mystery. Gilda Wright is by all accounts an the average American girl next door. She's neither a femme fatale or a shrinking violet. She is intelligent and highly capable of not only taking care of herself but it seems those around her as well. I enjoyed watching her interact with her ex and his partner. I would have loved to witness the infamous coffee shop scene. I love that there is a core group of characters to the story but they aren't isolated as you still get a fabulous feel for the small community. I appreciated the unique take on the martial arts mystery, usually they are so filled with testosterone that it is too hard to even think about the suspense. This one is far from frilly and feminine it has a solid plot and likable characters with an engaging whodunit.
Gilda Wright is looking to add some peace and strength to her life when she takes a job managing a karate school. But when she discovers the body of a school instructor things become anything but peaceful. Soon Gilda finds herself trying to hold the school together, fend off her ex while trying not to drool over her boss all while trying to discover a killer without becoming a victim.
Gilda Wright thinks she's landed a dream job managing a karate school. Sure, her boss, Sensei Mick Williams, is almost as demanding as he is sexy, but Gilda is inspired by the strength of people around her and hopes to absorb some of that into her own life. But when Gilda finds the body of one of the instructors, laying in the dojo with a sword through his chest, suddenly Gilda must find her own inner strength and fast! The police see everyone as a suspect, including her boss, and it's up to Gilda to find out what really happened. She follows the clues of the missing scroll of the Four Possessions of the Samurai down a deadly path, filled with lies, deceit, and poisoned ninja stars! If she doesn't watch her step, she just may become the killer's next sparring partner.