When a mishap in an extreme-croquet tournament lands blacksmith/amateur sleuth Meg Langslow face to face with a dead woman, she once again finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery.

With the help of her intrepid father, her brother Rob, her fiance Michael and her loyal canine, Spike, Meg gamely investigates the crime, all the while deftly dealing with roaming livestock, greedy developers and eccentric townspeople. It's a race for the final wicket as she tries to find the murderer before she becomes the next victim.

This is a delightful story. Andrews strikes just the right balance between comedy and suspense to keep the reader laughing and on the edge of one's seat. Meg makes for a plucky and intelligent heroine, and the supporting characters are equally well drawn. Fans of this series will no doubt enjoy this installment, while new readers (such as this reviewer) will be headed to the bookstore for the earlier books. (Aug., 288 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Stephanie Schneider