Richards, well known for her emotional romance and women's fiction novels, entertains with the first book in her new cozy series. Aggie Wilcox, her husband Ed and their two young daughters live in the small town of Emerald Spring, Ohio, where Ed is the minister.

When Aggie discovers the body of a young nude woman on her doorstep, she vows to investigate. But that's not the only thing she has on her plate. Aggie's research into the church's history seems to have hit a snag, and preteen daughter Deena has morphed into a Britney wannabe. But when Ed reveals that he knew the deceased woman, Aggie steps up her investigative efforts, much to the chagrin of hunky Detective Roussos.

Humorous and suspenseful, Richards' novel sparkles with the perfect combination of wit and suspense. Aggie is likeable, struggling to be not only a respected minister's wife but a credible budding sleuth as well. Cozy fans will quickly warm to this expertly penned mystery. (Dec., 272 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick