"A witty amateur sleuth tale"
At the moment Josie is content and has her world in
order as she is living on one of the barrier islands in
Florida. She owns her own construction business and is
involved in a deep meaningful relationship with her
significant other. All that changes when Hurricane Agatha
is supposed to directly hit the island. Before evacuating,
Josie goes to get something from the house she is
remodeling but finds the owner dead with something of hers
wrapped around his neck.
Since the police chief of the island dislikes her,
Josie does not report the murder. When everyone returns
home after the hurricane passes, Josie finds the house and
the body are gone. The victim's three daughters arrive on
the island insisting something happened to their father.
One of Josie's friends had illegal dealings with him back
in New York and hated the man. Her boyfriend's mother,
also on the island, was dating the man. There are so many
suspects and so few clues that even for an expert amateur
sleuth like Josie Pigeon, this is a difficult case to solve.
Valerie Wolzein writes some of the best amateur sleuth
mysteries in the genre today. MURDER IN THE FORECAST
displays a dry sense of humor (even during the hurricane),
a colorful and atmospheric scenery, and best of all a
believable plot. The author turns Hurricane Agatha into
the main adversary of the tale. The heroine is an
independent feminist who likes her work as a construction
worker and makes the audience believe that she genuinely
enjoys it. This novel and the other books in the series
are must reading for mystery lovers.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 9, 2001