When their friend Sammi Jo becomes a suspect in her father's murder, senior sleuths Isabel and Alma Trumbo decide they have to brush off the skills learned from reading hundreds of classic mysteries and find the real killer. Of course, finding the killer is only half the problem They also have to deal with the sheriff looking for a quick conviction and the real killer who's willing to kill again. More
Ray Burl kept his nose to the grindstone and didn't talk much, even to his daughter. He didn't seem like the kind of man to make enemies, but now he's been murdered... and his daughter, Sammi Jo, is Sheriff Fox's only suspect. Fortunately, Sammi Jo has two friends willing to help.
Sisters Isabel and Alma Trumbo may have lived in small-town Quiet Anchorage for most of their (long) lives, but they've spent much of that time reading (and playing Scrabble). And their favorite books are mysteries. They consider themselves quite the experts on crime detection and clue-ferreting. Of course, when it comes to physically tackling evil-doers, their aging bodies aren't quite the thing. They may not be the perfect allies, but Sammi Jo can count on their loyalty, and their certainty that Sammi Jo would never have hurt her father, no matter that the sheriff thinks she's the easiest answer.
The Trumbo sisters' investigation takes them to the gossip-mongering clique at the laundromat, the three men permanently seated outside a shop on main street, to the town hardware store where, according to gossip, Ray Burl had bought a shotgun, and even to a dry cleaner who might be able to answer the question... why was Ray Burl wearing his cashmere suit the day he died?
Finding the true killer is the only way to keep Sammi Jo out of jail, but the killer has already murdered once and is unlikely to be deterred from a second murder by two elderly women and their younger assistant.
Author Ed Lynskey (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of mysteries by Lynskey) delivers a charming second installment in his Isabel and Alma Trombo Mystery series. Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy these opinionated senior citizens who may be slowing down but who are still plenty sharp in the mental department. Quiet Anchorage, set in rural Virginia, makes a nice setting, with its colorful characters, Nascar dreams and good-ole-boy sheriff who wants the easy answer before he settles down with a beer.