This is the third in a series, the first two volumes of which I have not read. It makes no difference in the degree of enjoyment one will experience since what one needs to know is given immediately in the text. The heroine is a middle aged woman, once married to a Governor of the State and a very important figure behind the scenes in his Administration, who is now retired as a mover and shaker because of a serious ailment, which has led her to reside in a 'nothing ever happens' small town, in which she has been immediately plunged into solving murders the (typically) bumbling sheriff cannot handle. In the process, his attitude toward her has become (typically) negative.
The book is well-written although the substance is thin. One is engaged by her struggle to carry on despite the limitations thrust upon her by her disease and the attempts of her two daughters and friends in the community to protect her from doing herself grievous bodily harm through over-exertion. I must admit that I found myself on the side of those who felt she was doing too much, in fact, the author, too, is obviously on the horns of a dilemma, between accurately portraying the weakness of mind and body while getting the reader to believe she has enough strength to root out the murderer to, once more, save the situation from the blunders of the Sheriff.
Overall, while more than occasionally I felt the author doesn't quite strike a proper balance, I did enjoy the book and can recommend it to the average cozy reader. It is not a gripping tale but sustains its interest for one who does not, on this reading occasion, seek more than a readable, light, story.