Imogene Duckworthy was born to be a private eye. At least that is what Immy thinks. She works for Mike Mallett, the only PI in the area, as his assistant. So far she has learned to answer the phone and file. Immy even named her daughter Nancy Drew Duckworthy. Drew’s birthday is coming up and they are on their way to Amy’s Swine – a breeder of miniature potbellied pigs. Drew loves pigs and can’t wait to pick one out. She picks a white pig that Amy JoBeth says looks just like his mother Gretchen. Amy JoBeth is sad that she sold Gretchen to Tinnie and Rusty Bucket.
Immy takes Marshmallow the pig to the vet for his shots and a check-up. She finds out that Gretchen the pig has accidentally been killed. Amy JoBeth has taken to the tornado shelter - she is devastated by the loss of her favorite pig. While this has been happening, half the town has come down with food poisoning. Could it possibly be from eating Jerry’s Jerky? Immy decides to investigate. She heads to Jerry’s Jerky and finds no one there. So she heads to the house and finds owner - Tinnie Bucket sick and Rusty Bucket missing. It bothers Immy that the door to the smokehouse is open. Being a wannabe PI and nosy person, Immy goes and takes a look. She is really sorry she did. She finds a dead Rusty hanging from a hook and the body of Gretchen the pig. Things do not look good for Amy JoBeth – she is arrested for Rusty’s murder at her own wedding shower.
Things to ponder: Why did health inspector shut down Jerry’s Jerky? Was it really Gretchen’s body in the smokehouse? Where is the dead man’s wife?
This was a fun read. I found myself laughing out loud while reading this delightful book. I love the small town feel the author has given the story. It makes you want to pay a visit to Saltlick, TX and hang out with Immy and her family and friends. The story is well – plotted and it quickly became a page turner. I needed to find out whodunit. So if you like your mystery with cute kids and George Clooney’s favorite animal, then you should be reading Smoke.
FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.