ISBN #: 9780738745527
Release Date: October 8, 2015
Rory tries to help Gemma clear herself of being a murder suspect, even counting on her lucky black and white dog Pluckie to help. But is Gemma guilty of murder - or of just having a run of bad luck?
Rory Chasen moved to Destiny, California to find out the reason for superstitions. All because her former fiance, Warren, died shortly after walking under a ladder (in Book 1, Lost Under a Ladder). She has decided to stay, at least temporarily, after being offered a job managing the Lucky Dog Boutique, and is pleased when her friend Gemma Grayfield arrives in town.
All is not a happy reunion, though; Gemma has broken up with her boyfriend Frank, because he wanted more from the relationship than she did. Still, two of the town's residents, Stuart and Lou, have noticed Gemma and begun pursuing her. Then Frank arrives suddenly, remaining territorial about Gemma and showing up everywhere she happens to be, in effect stalking her.
When Lou is found dead one morning, it appears that Gemma may be the main suspect, but Rory knows better and does her best to turn the investigation to someone else, even though she doesn't know who that someone else might be; but this doesn't stop her from trying to find out who, even as police chief/wannabe boyfriend Justin warns her off the investigation.
As things are heating up with the above couple, things are also heating up with Gemma, but in a different way. Frank has become aggressive toward her, and the police are becoming even more convinced that she had the real motive for killing Lou. To top it off, while Justin and his staff are trying to find the killer, they are being pressured by the mayor, Bevin, to find out the truth behind the death of a tourist, fearing that if the answer doesn't come soon, it will negatively impact the tourism factor of his town.
I enjoyed the book for the most part, and thought Rory's belief in Gemma commendable. Yet when Rory discovered the true murderer, I was slightly disappointed, because I didn't feel there were any clues leading up to it - so you probably won't be able to figure this one out readily. I did feel, however, that we're treated to the bathroom habits of Rory's dog far too often. Still and all, the book is written well and fun to read. Recommended.