Thursday, September 21, 2023

Game of Gravestones by Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe [Review]

Game of Gravestones (Jane Ladling Mystery #3) by Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
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Date read: October 3, 2022

Jane Ladling Mystery
1. Romancing the Gravestone
2. No Gravestone Left Unturned
3. Game of Gravestones - Paperback | Kindle
4. Twelve Graves of Christmas
5. Conrad: Falling for the Gravekeeper
6. Grave Wars
7. Grave New World

Gena Showalter
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Jill Monroe
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
She suspects everyone of everything. Except her oldest friend. Who's found next to a body. Holding the murder weapon.

For the first time, things are just right for cemetery owner Jane Ladling. Her cat only kind of hates her sort of boyfriend, Special Agent Conrad Ryan, and she isn't flat broke. When she's asked to host a murder mystery fundraiser for the people of Aurelian Hills, Georgia, she'd totally on board. Champagne, intrigue, and community. Yes, please. Then game night happens and a fake murder turns into a red one, leaving her mentor and knitting buddy Fiona at the top of the suspect list, with heir best pal Beau a close second. Oops?

Jane's not about to leave the fate of her loves one to, well, fate. On the hunt for clues, she turns the small town upside down. As scandalous secrets surface, a single truth becomes clear: if she doesn't solve the murder fast, Jane will be the next victim.
Thoughts on Game of Gravestones: Marvelously suspicious Jane Ladling is at it again. Because when her pancake-making mentor is found with a dead body, Jane KNOWS she's innocent. Which naturally means everyone's a suspect.

Well, everyone except Conrad and Beau and Beau's buddies in his security business. (To be fair, Beau's one buddy did have a spot on assessment of one of the other suspects, but not at all in the way I was expecting. But that's another story for another day. Probably.)

While proving Fiona's innocence, Jane is also (still) running from admitting her feelings about Conrad. Which is a little difficult when he keeps making her fall in like with him by setting up romantic picnics and bringing her along on "stakeouts". What? The lady likes what she likes and if Conrad is wise to her ways.

A little case of murder, a whole lot of suspicious characters, a cat who rules the roost, and Conrad being the most supportive dude in existence. Heh. I like that guy. He's fun and he knows how to kiss the socks off Jane.

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