A SHORTCUT THROUGH THE SHADOWS

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This mystery is the third to feature quiet but compelling high school teacher Jennet, her deputy sheriff boyfriend Crane and the small town of Foxglove Corners.

Jennet is a dog lover, who found collie Winter abandoned months ago. When he gets his picture in the local paper, she's not surprised that a young man phones claiming Winter is his sister's dog. Jennet learns the young woman went missing around the time she found Winter and sets out to locate her. Then the missing person is connected to a murdered woman Winter found in the Foxglove Corners woods, and Jennet is more determined than ever to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Jennet and Crane's romance is sweetly old-fashioned. She's a homebody who loves to garden and bake for her guy. He's a bit of a chauvinist. Still, Jennet knows her own mind and has a feisty independent streak. Cozy lovers will treasure Jennet and her determined clue gathering. (Mar., 304 pp., $11.95)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison