School teacher Judy Winters sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her only living relative’s murder. Back on the farm where Aunt Louise grew up, Judy encounters Hart Wingate, a young man renting the adjoining farm who helps with farm chores. When Judy learns that her boyfriend, Graham, had been secretly visiting Louise, Judy takes the opportunity to move away from him for the summer and think over the situation.
Judy loves her teaching job, but is intrigued by her heritage in the farmstead and particularly the old house, but whether to sell or stay, she has yet to decide.
Midnight visitors, a job offer, new friends, along with one special old one—Carranza, the opinionated cat—all figure into Judy’s dilemma.
Meanwhile, Judy learns that a former friend of Louise’s father, Bryce, lost a treasure of gold somewhere on the farm. As Judy and Hart look for clues to the cause of Louise’s death and Bryce’s missing treasure they develop a close friendship. Judy breaks off her relationship with Graham, who doesn’t take the news very well.
As Judy explores the farmhouse, she finds and follows clues in Louise’s mother’s diary to unearth the buried treasure. But was it the treasure that might have been behind Louise’s murder?
My Review: This is one of those nice mysteries with fun characters and nice romance. If it hadn’t been so hot here in Southern California the past month, I would have loved to curl up in front of the fire place with a cup of hot cocoa.
This story was enjoyable on many levels. One of the things I really enjoyed was the author allowed the reader to solve the mystery with the protagonist. Judy was an intriguing character with her ability to read people. Early in the book it was kind of creepy but it was also evident that she could read everyone. The author did a great job with the male characters in this story. I loved Hart and his bravado, especially when it came to mishaps in the kitchen.
There is also some very fun humor in this story. I don’t want to give anything away, but it was great to laugh at some of the antics that took place in the story.
This appears to be a book two in a series, but I didn’t feel lost, this story definitely stands on its own.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to review this book. I look forward to reading more by this author.