Series: Sunny Meadow Mystery
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Release Date: July 9,2015
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Blurb from goodreads:
Sunny’s life is finally on track. Her fortune-telling business in the quaint town of Divinity, New York is running smoothly, her parents have finally stopped interfering, and her boyfriend Detective Mitch Stone has moved in with her. But then her life derails, leaving the palm of her hand empty and her dreams just out of reach. With Sunny’s mischievous cat Morty under foot and quirky Granny Gert flitting around, cohabitation with Mitch becomes nearly impossible. Then Sunny’s parents show up for her best friend’s wedding, causing all sorts of trouble. Sunny’s future is put on hold when the innkeeper’s lifeline is literally cut short at the reception, and Sunnys’ mother is named the prime suspect. Sunny must use her clairvoyant abilities to clear her mother’s name and take her life back in her own hands before the real killer gives a whole new meaning to ‘till death do us part…
I'm not one for dark mysteries, so Sunny's adventures are right up my alley. It's got the mayhem and whodunnit without the "can't sleep the monsters will eat me" aspects that some murder mysteries have. Not to mention that it has a good deal of humor, the characters crack me up. Townsend does a great job at keeping the whole cast balanced between the grim circumstances and the absurdity of life.
One of the things I like best about series like this is watching the characters progress and grow, but still stay true to themselves. Sunny and Mitch are learning to read one another, working and compromising around each others' quirks, but not losing the essence of who they are. Likewise, the tension between Sunny and her mother is mellowing, but still a core part of their relationship. It's quite a talent to juggle all that and keep a book light and fun. Townsend does it quite well. Go spend an afternoon or two in Divinity. It's well worth the trip.