I so value how well written Grave Heritage is. A page turner for sure. Very interesting and it peaked my interest from the very beginning. I did not want it to end and I am looking forward to enjoying more from this author.
This was my favorite of the Flora and Darcy cozy mysteries. All the characters are familiar and sound like next door neighbors. Descriptions of the weather, especially the rain, in the middle of a good mystery and add that to a pot of good coffee, while they are mulling over what is going on with the few clues they have. A good read on a cool fall night!
This is rainiest July on record in Ventris County in Oklahoma and a stranger is found murdered during a thunderstorm. Since the storm, one of their friends has disappeared. After this friend becomes a suspect and a 2nd person is found dead under suspicious circumstances Darcy can’t help but get involved in the investigation. The danger is closing in on Darcy and her mother Flora. Can they solve the deaths and missing person case while escaping danger from mother nature and a killer?
This is another entertaining cozy mystery in a fun series. Although book 4 you can enjoy the story as a stand-alone. The characters are realistic and interesting, they have great chemistry and are loyal in their relationships. The mystery is well plotted with several twists and turns along the way to the big reveal. I never saw the killer as a suspect.
I was lucky enough to get to listen to the audio version of this book. Narrator Michelle Babb brings an already good cozy mystery to new heights. She is a natural storyteller. She brings each character to life, has wonderful timing and pace. I recommend getting the audio version if you can.
I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book that was supplied by the Narrator. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
Grave Heritage (Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Manos, Blanche Day]
Grave Heritage A Darcy & Flora Cozy Mystery by Blanche Day Manos is another great book in this series. I think each book has gotten better and this one is no exception. I love the relationship between Darcy and her mother Flora and how they are strong, faithful, intelligent women. This book grabs you from page one and keeps you reading because you never know what is going to happen next. I could not put it down.
Darcy and Flora have an unexpected visitor come to the door in the middle of a storm. The mystery starts right then when the man takes one look at Flora and runs only to be discovered later dead when Darcy stumbles over him at old Ben's house and Jasper is suspected of maybe murdering him. The mystery deepens when Mort the newspaper man dies too. There are other puzzles popping up, things from the past that Darcy is bound and determined to figure out, as well as a new mysterious Pastor. All of this adds up to one intriguing read. Will Darcy and Flora be able to figure out the mysteries, as well as try to clear poor Jasper of the murder before they are in danger too?
I really enjoyed this book. It has all the right elements with several puzzles, mysteries and more than one suspect with an unique situation or two where you don't see what is coming next. I love that they are women of faith and that the author Blanche Day Manos adds this into what makes these two women strong. I love the small town atmosphere and the way that the outdoors and nature plays into the story and adds that extra element of tension and uncertainty. I can not find enough adjectives to describe just how much I love this book and series. If you like a good cozy mystery with a good plot, puzzles, faith, strong characters then you have to read this book.
Blanche Day Manos has a way with her writing that you can just feel the tension and uneasiness that her characters feel. Here is one of many examples of that "My scalp tightened and the hairs on my arms stood up. A strange feeling came over me. Someone, somewhere, was watching us. I gazed around the yard but saw no one. All was quiet. The serenity of the afternoon belied the loss of life which had happened here. Were my nerves so overwrought they were playing tricks on me? Obviously, no one was around, but the cold feeling of dread was real."
I love how Darcy explains about the small town Levi " Levi is a small town, I said, " and a stranger might think everyone here lives a peaceful, open life, but I believe we have as many secrets as we have trees. This quiet surface is deceptive." Doesn't that just imply so many puzzles and mysteries that Darcy and Flora still have to solve.
My most favorite quote that really struck a chord with me was when Darcy talked about how her mother Flora in the midst of all the chaos has a strength that she gets from her faith and she states how important reading the Bible is to her mother.
" I need to have my daily spiritual vitamins," she had told me more than once." Wow that is so powerful when you think about it.. Strength comes from our knowing and reading the Bible and boy do they both need it from what they have to face in this adventure.
I can't wait for the next adventure that Darcy and Flora find themselves in.
I received this book from the Publisher for my honest opinion and review