Series: Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries #1
Published by the author on January 1, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Short Story
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Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you're waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don't miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end!
It's New Year’s Eve and 20-year-old Emma Wright has a date with her crush—well, not a real date, but she can dream! Colby Davidson, the K9 search and rescue deputy, is allowing her to accompany him while he’s on patrol at the Ridgeway Illumination Festival. Though they are just friends, she’s still hoping for a possible kiss at the end of the festivities.
When a stranger asks them to help take some pictures at the event, Emma and Colby are happy to oblige. But their assistance turns them into alibis for the man’s whereabouts while his girlfriend was killed. Most of the clues point to a robbery gone bad, but Emma doesn’t believe all of them point that way. Was it really a robbery or was it murder?
Murder on New Year’s Eve was a fun, short mystery, perfect to start the year with. If you read the blurb above, you know it was murder, of course. Emily’s youngish, 20, but her dad, who she has lived with since her parent’s divorced when she was about 11, is the local sheriff, so she’s been around crime scenes and cops most of her life. When she’s helping solve the case, she’s intelligent and observant. When she’s working with her foster dog, a St. Bernard, she’s patient and caring. When she’s thinking about her crush, Colby, she seems like she’s 13 and I want to roll my eyes, but maybe that’s part of being 20 in a small town, shelter by a sheriff father.
Given that it’s only about 40 pages, I though the mystery was well done. There were enough clues and it was pretty clever. It wrapped a little quickly, but it had to. The characters were well-developed, we got enough information, but there wasn’t too much time spent on useless descriptions or backstory. Overall, I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to the Valentine’s Day installment.