FOUND GUILTY AT FIVE
Agatha Christie fans will enjoy this series. The personalities and intrigues of the small English village are entertaining, and the interactions between different social classes give the novel a distinctly British tone. Descriptive scenes and dialogue are balanced with a quick pace that pulls you into the story. Although Lois is the main character, the POV shifts give a varied perspective of events.
House cleaner and amateur sleuth Lois Meade and her husband Derek pull off their daughter’s wedding without a hitch. The problems start the next night when Akiko Nakamasa, a guest and close friend of Lois’ son Jamie, discovers that her expensive antique cello has been stolen from Jamie’s car. This is the first time the family has met Akiko, and they soon realize that they know very little about her past despite having her as a house guest for two days. A disappearance and a murder soon follow, leaving Lois and her buddy, semi-retired police inspector Hunter Cowgill, with a puzzling and potentially dangerous mystery to solve. (PRIME CRIME, Dec., 325 pp., $24.95)