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I need to disclaim right off that Sue McGinty is a local author and the setting for this mystery is set in my very own town of Los Osos. (She just calls it Los Lobos)

While a bit unsettling having a multiple murder mystery set in your own little burg, this was a really a cozy mystery. It reminded me of Agatha Christie in that everyone looks guilty at one point or another in the story and it is best read with a strong cup of tea.

Former nun, Bella Kowalski’s morning hike is interrupted when she finds a body on the beautiful rocky shores of Escarpa el Dorado. (Bluffs of Gold for those that don’t speak Spanish) While she is now the obituary editor of the local paper, she isn’t quite used to seeing the body before anyone else.

The victim? Connie Mercado, the only daughter of a local wealthy family that is rumored to be selling their old homestead to the city for a new water treatment plant. The sleepy burg has been in an uproar for years of the placement of this plant. Could that be the reason that she was killed?

Everyone is a suspect, including Bella and her husband, Mike, since he owns a septic tank pumping service. Even worse, when it turns out that Connie was pregnant when she was murdered, Bella starts wondering who the father was and if it had been her husband.

Like I mentioned, it was a bit freaky to be reading a mystery set in my own little town, but mostly, it was fun. Sue McGinty has wound truth, fiction, familial discord and murder into a wonderfully captivating read.

Murder in Los Lobos: A Mystery on California’s Central Coast by Sue McGinty

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Publishers (October 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1564744779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564744777
  • Added bonus: I have contacted Sue McGinty and she is going to let me pick her brain for a future post. Stay tuned!