Aloe and Goodbye
Aloe and Goodbye: A Southwestern Small Town Cozy Mystery
(Ruby Shaw Mysteries)
by Janice Peacock
About Aloe & Goodbye
Aloe and Goodbye: A Southwestern Small Town Cozy Mystery (Ruby Shaw Mysteries)
1st in Series
Publisher: Vetrai Press (December 7, 2020)
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-10 : 099848198X
Digital ASIN: B08MTP6WYY
New Yorker Ruby Shaw arrives in a hillside town in Arizona with a brand-new name, a duffel bag on her shoulder, and her daughter, Allie, at her side. Before arriving, Ruby witnesses a murder that lands her in the witness protection program. That decision means she’s gone from being a successful artist to being a nobody in a postage-stamp-sized town called Paradise—a name that doesn’t fit the former ghost town. Even though their new digs are a little shabby, and there may be ghosts haunting the town, they are optimistic about their new lives, that is, until a neighbor turns up dead.
Having just arrived in town, living next door to the victim, and without an alibi, the community members are suspicious of Ruby. A local deputy befriends her, but the deputy still points to her as the culprit each time they find a new clue. If matters weren’t bad enough, Allie is having trouble fitting in at her new school, and Ruby can’t seem to hold down a job.
As they settle in, they meet the quirky inhabitants of Paradise: Bette—the chatterbox café owner, Flora—Allie’s eccentric babysitter, and Derek—who runs local history tours, which he jazzes up with ghost stories of questionable veracity.
Ruby’s life improves when she meets a handsome cook at the local café who is passionate about succulents and cacti, and may feel equally passionate about her. Even though Ruby and Allie want to stay in Paradise, a US marshal has other ideas, as he threatens to move them to a new town after Ruby gets mixed up in the murder investigation. Ruby must find the killer before she and Allie lose their new home or even worse—their lives.
What a great story! I truly enjoyed reading about Ruby Shaw and her daughter Allie's adventure as they spend their first few days/weeks in the tiny town of Paradise. It definitely had that true small town feeling - the one where everyone knows what you are doing long before you do. Being new to the WITSEC program and new to town made it just a little bit more difficult to fit in without everyone knowing this vital secret. To top it all off, the next door neighbor is murdered just a few hours after their arrival to town. Oh, those wagging tongues!
I loved getting to know about the town's people. They had some really great and quirky characteristics about them. I suppose it would take someone a little on the eccentric side to live in a former ghost town. It's these characters that make the little town come to life.
The story itself has a few twists and turns, and just when you think you have it all figured out, it has one more little twist. Overall, a really great read.
About Janice Peacock
Janice Peacock is a cozy mystery author who specializes in craft and hobby mysteries. She loves to write about artists who find new ways to live their lives and perhaps catch a criminal or two in the process. While working in a glass studio with several colorful and quirky artists, she was inspired to write the Glass Bead Mystery Series. The Ruby Shaw Mysteries, which are set in a small hillside mining town, were inspired by her trips to Jerome, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Oregon.
When Janice isn’t writing about amateur detectives, she wields a 2,500-degree torch to melt glass and create one-of-kind beads and jewelry. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and an undisclosed number of cats. Visit Janice online at janicepeacock.com.
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