Review: Meddlesome Money – Mildred Abbott

Meddlesome Money Book Cover Meddlesome Money
Cozy Corgi Mysteries Book 13
Mildred Abbott
YA Murder mystery
August 7, 2019

Summer in Estes Park is filled with tourists, wildlife, pastries, and scandal…

The Chipmunk Chronicles, the local newspaper, has a new gossip column—and gossip is great for the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery. Though infuriated by the way people are treated by the column’s author, Winifred Page can’t help wondering about the outrageous revelations. Fred’s grumpy corgi, Watson, however, is more concerned with an endless search for treats than the rumors flying around town.

When Gerald Jackson, a less than brilliant local lawyer, is featured in the column, people begin to suspect he’s working the town over in a quest for wealth rather than fighting for justice. As his status sinks, others are pulled under with him—people Fred loves.

For once, Fred and Watson are cajoled into investigation mode not for murder, but to help clear her friends’ names and their tarnished reputations. But while the greed and secret dealings in the dark she uncovers bring more questions than answers, murder finds a way to make an appearance after all…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for crispy, golden empanadas.)

Reviewed by Gloria Lakritz

Sr. Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild

Mildred Abbott has changed up her series, and offered us a new look at how a mystery can be written. It has been thru this series, that our sleuth Winifred happens to ‘find’ a body and the story is how she unmasks a killer. In Meddlesome Money, Ms. Abbott has chosen another approach and I found it was a refreshing change of pace.

Having a new person enter the community during the summer festivities and summer tourist rush has people buzzing. The newbie is hosting a Gossip Column in the local paper, with major community people being targeted with nasty innuendos and rumor.

Winifred is asked to seek out information about the writer and how she has all this knowledge… and why she was hired in the first place. Most of the information is public record but there is a hint of more. A list is discovered of who the people being attacked will be. Winifred name shows next and will be published the next day. It is not until the woman’s body is found under dark circumstances that has Winifred turn gears, now investigating a murder.

I love this series. We are privy to know almost everyone in tow, especially the store owners in Estes Park, and many of the founding families. This change up has given the series a boost for me…..I sorta thought I knew who the killer was….But waited for the big reveal!

Can’t wait for #14

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