I'm really enjoying these mysteries from Wendy Tyson. They are not quite cozy so they aren't overly sweet like some series have become but they aren't hard-boiled. Somewhere in between. I like the tone and style. This series is becoming a comfort read for me.
Allison Campbell is really just recovering from her last outing (I do like the continuity in the series) when she gets a call from the wife of an ex-boyfriend. He's been murdered and she blames Allison. Allison hadn't seen him years but the wife doesn't want to believe that. The murder really doesn't have anything to do with Allison and the police don't think she's involved but when compromising pictures of the old relationship start arriving, she has to find out what happened. As usual, her Vaughn, her business manager and Mia, her ex-mother in law get involved in the case also. Thomas Svengetti, the ex-federal agent is back from the last book like I assumed he would be. The mystery is good and I didn't figure it out until about the same time Allison did. Tyson does a very good job of drawing the settings for the story. While it's not an atmospheric novel, you can clearly picture each location.
There is a lot of growth and development in the characters. Allison and Jason make some decisions, as does Mia. Allison still puts herself in stupid situations but somehow that isn't bothering me in this series as much as in some. As with the last book, you have to suspend disbelief a bit. She spends an awful lot of time and money investigating the mystery while running a prestigious business.
I really like these characters. They are smart (most of the time!) and compassionate and they have realistic relationships. I'll be in for the next one Ms. Tyson writes.
Book provided by Netgalley but my reviews are always my honest thoughts.