"Murder Among Neighbors" is the first book in the Kate Austen Mystery Series by Jonnie Jacobs. It is a book that captures a realistic look at life in the very comfortable Walnut Hills, CA area.
Kate Austen has an adorable 4-year old and is 2 months pregnant. She would be quite happy if it were not for the small fact that her handsome husband has gone off to the Swiss Alps to "find himself" in Europe.
Fortunately, Kate finds herself too busy coping with the daily demands of being a mother to fall apart. Her beautiful next-door neighbors is brutally murdered and Kate haphazardly finds herself drawn into discovering clues as a result of her interactions with various neighbors in the community. A nice looking detective starts questioning Kate and finds her answers quite interesting...
The characterizations of the community were very good and this book was quite interesting. My only doubt was that it mentioned several times that there were many months when Kate and Andy found it difficult to pay the monthly mortgage. Yet, Kate has no job although her daughter attends a posh preschool, and a maid comes to the home once a week. Although she does start ultimately working part-time, it would seem that money would have been a larger concern for her as her husband had been gone for almost 2 months by that time.
Nevertheless, the book is quite good and plan to read the next book in the series, "Murder Among Friends" tomorrow.