|When Sunny Meadows moved to Divinity in upstate New York, she hadn't even finished unpacking her crystal ball and tarot cards when she had to clear her name in a murder. Now that business is finished, she can finally settle in and get her business going and decide how much of a relationship she would like to pursue with Detective Mitch Stone, aka Detective Grumpy Pants.
Before Sunny catches her breath, Granny Gert shows up on her doorstep looking for a place to stay and Mitch's ex-girlfriend Isabel arrives in town. Not sure where that leaves them, Sunny accepts a date with the new mailman Kevin Brown; the date gets postponed when Kevin is bitten by a dog on his route and then Isabel disappears and Sunny, at the request of Captain Walker, does a reading to see if she can locate Isabel, for whom she did a reading just days prior to her disappearance.
When they locate Isabel, she is dead and a message scratched into the dirt implicates Mitch in her death. The mayor tells Walker he wants Sunny to work on this case and so she is paired with the always hungry Detective Fuller. As the pair work through suspects - even though Isabel wasn't in town long she made plenty of people angry - they soon realize the only person left with a motive and no alibi is Mitch.
As Detective Fuller eats from the box, Sunny decides to think outside of it and begins to look into Isabel's past to see if she can learn who may have wanted the young woman dead. Sunny quickly learns that there were many reasons Mitch and Isabel were no longer together and she suspects one of them may have gotten her killed, though not by Mitch. The more Sunny delves in to Isabel's past, the more she learns about Mitch and the closer it brings her to Mitch and to a murderer who will stop at nothing to get what he or she came for.
On her own, Sunny Meadows is a likable heroine with many doubts and some flaws that make her very real; paired with Granny Gert, the two are an unstoppable duo. At seventy-nine, Gert is ready to try and get her driver's license (again), bake cookies for Sunny and try her best to fix Sunny up with the man Gert feels is most worthy of her granddaughter. Gert also hits it off with Sunny's cat Morty who adopted Sunny when she moved to Divinity.
The tension between Mitch and Sunny is very believable and with good reason as more of Mitch's past is revealed as Sunny tries to clear his name in Isabel's murder. The plot is very complicated and though the murderer may be revealed early on, the motives and how everyone arrived at this point is not easily seen, though as Sunny says, once all is said and done, there will be several "Duh" moments. A likable heroine, a touch of fortune telling and a hunky, reluctant hero (and a very smug cat) will have readers eager for more from Sunny and Mitch (and Morty).
--Jennifer Monahan Winberry