The entertaining intrigue begun in the first Murder in the Mix story continues as Lottie Lemon once again becomes entangled in a murder. This time the homicide hits her harder, and though she personally knows how asking questions can be dangerous, it is not going to keep her from snooping for facts relevant to the case. Addison Moore sprinkles in a clue from time to time, which caused my guesses about motives and the identity of the killer to continuously change. There is also a romance that has to overcome plenty of challenges before the relationship can move forward, and how every situation played out between the characters kept me thoroughly captivated.
When Lottie Lemon came upon a body the month before, she had known something was going to happen to the woman because of having seen a ghost cat next to her. What made the incident even more unusual is that when she spies a deceased animal near its former owner, the person will soon have a bad experience. Lottie hopes the prediction of death never occurs again, but the very first day her new bakery is open, the spirit of a squirrel appears. Wanting to know to whom the critter once belonged, she follows it, and sadly finds the body of someone known to her.
There is a perfect balance of romance and mystery in BOBBING FOR BODIES. What caused the death of a Honey Hollow resident may be known, but none of the other questions related to the murder have a clear-cut answer. I was drawn into the many ways that Lottie was seeking to uncover any relevant information, and several of the situations in which she finds herself are very comical. There are also moments where suspense builds, and I fretted over how things would end. The relationship of Lottie and two very different men is certainly interesting, and reactions of the three are honest and sometimes fueled by intense emotions. I really enjoyed all the events connected to Halloween in the story, as the season comes alive with tasty treats and fun activities.