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The Fourth of July is one of the hottest on record, and even the breeze off Penobscot Bay can't seem to cool things down for Faith Fairchild and the rest of the folks on Sanpere Island. After the celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early 20th-century "cottage". The body is identified as The Birches' housekeeper. The death is only one of the dramatic events upending the historic house.

A family gathering has been called to decide who will inherit the estate that has been in the Proctor family for generations. With this much money involved, it's just a matter of time before trouble arises.

©2015 Katherine Hall Page (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Not sure if this is a mystery or a Harlequin romance

I was very surprised to discover this was part of a long running series, because this author doesn't seem terribly evolved. Everything is described to death. Does she need to tell us that the tiles were ordered at Home Depot in Massachusetts and directed to be shipped to Maine? We get it, they're out-of-staters.
Then there is this semi-subplot of Sophia and her romantic issues. It went on so long at the beginning of the book that I thought I had inadvertantly bought a Harlequin romance. While I enjoy books where the characters have a life and color outside the mystery, almost half the storyline goes into great detail about it. Granted a character from her past does come in later, but it's more of the romance subplot not the mystery.
And, finally, god save me from narrators who a) don't pre-read the text and b) attempt downeast accents based on Murder She Wrote. This narrator has clearly not pre-read the text. It's like she reaches the end of a line and that's where she pauses instead of the natural pauses of commas and phrases. It makes it seems like the narrator is a non-native speaker. And, this is from a native Mainer, please, do not attempt our accent. It's painful when it's done poorly and erratically. This narrator reads her New York and Connecticut characters without accent, but attempts Mainer. It would have been better to have all the characters accentless, rather than make the Mainers seem stupid.
Overall, this was a meh.

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Another Good Cozy on the Series

I've read this series for years, and go back to it whenever I feel a need for what I know will be another enjoyable read. This one is set on an island off the coast of Maine, as have a couple others.

Faith's part is small in this story. Tom is gone for the summer so he's not hardly involved at all. Their son, Ben, has morphed into a young teen and has a larger role than either of his parents.

Plot isn't outstanding but still very entertaining. A bit like getting a letter from old friends and catching up with their family and happenings.
Happy to know they are doing well!