Trouble in a Big Box

Kelly O'Connell Mystery, #3

Judy Alter brings back sleuth Kelly O'Connell in this third installment of her series. The heroine of this story comes across as a little snobby, but because I'm not very familiar with Texas I'm not sure just how elitist the comments were. But I did enjoy the fact that she is a woman is in her thirties with a well-developed life. I really liked Mike and wished I'd met him before he was seriously injured, because I would have liked to get to know him before he struggled with recovery. Each of the supporting characters in the story are entertaining in different ways. I enjoyed the action and the layered threads. This is the first of Kelly's adventures that I've read and I'm looking forward to going back and catching up on just what happened before this. So I have no reservations in recommending this cozy mystery to anyone who is a fan of the genre or this author in particular.

The Story:

Kelly O'Connell and her new husband Officer Mike Shandy have barely had time to enjoy their newlywed state when he ends up injured in an auto accident that results in the death of a young woman and leaves him badly injured. As he struggles with his recovery Kelly opposes an overzealous developer who wants to build a big-box grocery store in her neighborhood. Oh yes she also faces a stalker and attempt on her life.

Book Blurb for Trouble in a Big Box

Kelly O’Connell has her hands full: her husband Mike Shandy is badly injured in an automobile accident that kills a young girl, developer Tom Lattimore wants to build a big-box grocery store called Wild Things in Kelly’s beloved Fairmount neighborhood, and someone is stalking Kelly.

Tom Lattimore pressures her to support the big box, and his pressure turns to threats. Kelly activates a neighborhood coalition to fight the project and tries to find out who is stalking her and why. Mike is both powerless to stop her and physically unable to protect her and his family from Lattimore’s threats or the stalker. After their house is smoke-bombed and Kelly survives an amateur attack on her life, she comes close to an unwanted trip to Mexico from which she might never return.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2014 4.00