Mysteries with Heart
with a shot of Southern charm.
May 31, 2022
Rook Campbell is broke, divorced, jobless, and in desperate need of steady employment, which is hard to come by in the small town of Rothdale, Kentucky. With the help of her friend and neighbor Bryan, she lands a good job at the Four Wild Horses Distillery and meets an attractive co-worker with lots of dating potential. Her life is finally headed in the right direction until a co-worker dies under suspicious circumstances and a shipment of rare small-batch bourbon goes missing. Worse, her personal life begins to unravel as her beloved grandmother falls ill. Normally she can depend on her ex, Cam, for help, but his new fiancée’s jealousy is getting in the way. As the body count rises, Rook becomes ensnared in discovering who’s committing the crimes—or she might be the next to die.
Coming October 2022!
Hazardous Hoarder Mysteries
with a load of Southern charm.
In the meantime, here's what reviewers are saying...
Birdie Harper captured my heart from the first page! If only I could go yard-saling with her and older sister Oda Dean! This mystery hooked me from the get go, as I sacrificed clean clothes and dishes to finish the book. What happened to Jenna Lawson? Birdie is on the case to prove there’s foul play, for no other reason than to prove her sister wrong. I found myself by Birdie’s side every step of the way, as we discovered clues and pieced the puzzle together. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear I was in Miltonville, Kentucky, smack in the thick of things. The mystery is wonderful, but Birdie makes the book. I fell in love with this woman and her heart for helping others. I can’t say much about the story without giving it away. But I will say this: the puzzle was clever, the clues were intriguing, and the crime was something probably going on right under all our noses. The story took some jagged twists and turns, surprising me at the end. Shouldn’t all good mysteries do that? I can’t wait to visit Birdie again and help her solve another mystery!
I loved it!
Dumpster Dying is more than a cozy mystery, it is a look into the intimate life of a woman who is dealing with more than trying to find a missing person. Birdie has a heart of gold, and a mind that is sharp, but skirting the edge of disorder. She has become a hoarder, but refuses to admit it and resents when anyone attempts to help her. There are moments when she is very aware that those around her see her treasures as mere junk, not worthy of anything less that the garbage, and the fact that she talks to her dead husband makes the reader aware of how lonely she is. So lonely that she identifies a young woman she barely knows as a someone who could have been just like her dead daughter.
Birdie is determined at all costs to find out what happened to the missing girl, and her sister goes along with her, more to keep her safe than anything else. I love how the author took you, the reader, into the darker side of a cozy, letting us see someone who hoards from their point of view. With care and understanding, Michelle Bennington has created characters you can love and understand. Personally, I loved the characters more than the mystery (which was very good, by the way) You will find yourself caught up in this book quickly and enjoy every page!